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Re: [cooking-415] Future Meetups to come soon (1) French cooking

From: Sally
Sent on: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 3:14 PM
Dear Ms. Nasha, Nicole, Naia, Elizabeth, Art, Mugdha, and frank,

Thank you so very much for your insights and suggestions, and my apology again to especially frank..

I've been thinking about how to start this type of discussion which seems to draw many people's attention. Here's what I've been thinking now.

But before starting I need to notify you again that some members are really annoyed by the amount of emails, and yes, I'm responsible for that, and I again apologize for that. As I mentioned long time ago, I have created a gmail account just for this group, so please send your ideas, suggestions and concerns to:

[address removed]

That way, only interested people can talk freely.  And I would like to call for our first meeting of instructor team soon, so if you would like to teach or included,

Please send me email to the address above and I will share discussion with interested members.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,


Sally

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1. On top of French cooking classes I mentioned first in this email chain, I would like to start a series of "What to Cook Tonight."

(1) Cook for yourself:

As Art indicated, there are many single people who don't really cook, but love to eat. For them going out to eat, or buying deli food could be very costly, and learning a simple technique of cooking or recipes of food that could be stored in the fridge or freezer, it would save a lot of time and money as well.  This goes true for actually other people too.

I think learning a basic cooking and keep adding a few simple recipes to your repertoire would help, basic and simple recipe so that you can add more ingredients as your skill improves.

And in my case, having a homemade sauce that's all mighty and could be used in most of cuisine, you can upgrade even instant ramen noodle, too.

Having a good pantry and inventory in your fridge is a must, too.  What kind of vegetables you should always have, and how long do they last, and for example, if you buy a whole cabbage, how you use it up before it goes bad..So you need a menu planning, too, and I have a good source for it that I want to introduce.


(2) Cook for your family

As Ms. Nasha and Elizabeth pointed out, cooking for your family is a never-ending task, and it is quite challenging if you have small children. These people need something works for everyone...like picky eater kids and husband..some fool-proof recipe that satisfies most of the people. And it needs a good system, so even if your two years old scream for food, you don't need to end up giving him/her junk food of unnecessary sweets...

To cook for a family is a great responsibility, it requires nutritional knowledge too, and I've talked one of the members who could tell us many things about nutrition and healthy diet.

Also, I used to cook five dishes every dinner, and it was only made possible to have a good system and menu planning so that you can utilize your leftover.  People usually don't want to eat the same dinner next day, so you need to be creative to change into different dish. Or when you cut your vegetable, start thinking about the next day dinner, and maybe cut them extra and put in container to store in fridge for later use.

The feeling of not knowing what to cook tonight is such a terrible thing, as you have less and less time and lots of pressure and guilt, and in the end you end up preparing the same old food or take out or pizza delivery and feel really bad again. We want to avoid that, so I'll create a group for giving ideas to each other about what to cook tonight!

If you have already-cut vegetables, you can put them in a pot with chicken broth and start making a good soup or stew. So the key is "think ahead."

Another thing is that I organized recipes according to ingredients. So if you have certain vegetables and beef or chicken or pork or salmon or shrimp, etc, you can start cooking. I'll introduce them later, especially using spring vegetables like asparagus...I'm so happy they are getting cheaper.

Stay in the budget is important thing too especially for homemakers. Occasionally you want to indulge and buy expensive wine or groumet steaks, but everyday meal doesn't need to be expensive. Make most of ingredients you already have, and create a table of nice food with a little extra ideas.

Even if you cook the same food, if you present it nicely, you might be able to have your picky eater try the vegetable or whatever they don't normally eat. 

Even if you only have leftover, if you put all of them on a nice big plate and garnish with a sprig of parcely or thinly sliced green onion or slices of orange, it looks nice and if you want to be more different, you can arrange so that it looks like what is called "Obento" a lunch box full of small food. Be creative is your key.

Or if you get your small ones involved in the kitchen and give them whatever small tasks in food preparation, they usually feel better and want to try the food they eat. If they don't like carrots, I would ask them to help bake carrot cake, which is much easier than you think, or make carrot soup using instant bouillon or broth, or ask them to grate and let them have fun.
Be creative is the key.

Or use of appliances like slow cooker, food processor, pressure cooker, microwave, etc. They could be a great time saver. Or use your oven as a tool to prepare food.  If you have all kinds of leftover vegetables, put them on the pan, rub in olive oil, salt and pepper of your choice, and the aroma of grilled vegetable will sure bring kids into the kitchen and make them hungry. Good thing about oven is you can almost forget about the food cooking inside, so you can do multiple tasking like doing laundry, playing with kids, calling to make appointments, etc.

One day in a week, you want to make a nice dinner, say beef or chicken, and again it could be cooked in the oven. Then other days you use leftover meat to make soup, or use it in a Chinese dish. If you have meat, you want to have seafood next day, or meatless menu using eggs or tofu or just pastas which requires less meat.  Or if you have fried food today, you might want to stay away from that next day, and you can have some steamed dumpling or seafood or vegetable.
Variety is not only the spice of life, but indispensable part of cooking everyday food.

(3) Cook for friends

You also might want to invite your friends to your place sometime and entertain, or simply just get together. Or your in-laws are coming to visit you, or you need to bring something for potluck, or cook for special occasion.

Entertaining at your house is not too scary, once you know what to do and what and how to prepare, and as you have more experience, it should become a joy.

Recipes of appetizers and a few different main dish and some side dishes, and one or two ways to prepare simple dessert or drink would help you a lot, and I'm planning to have a baking contest someday, too.


...These are just the outline of things I want to include, and to achieve this goal, I may create a new group, but thank you, Mugdha and frank, for offering help, and I'd love to have you show us how to cook.  I have about four different chef members who would like to do that for us. Please join on the instructor team and start discussing who can do what, where and when.

Thank you for reading,

If you have any questions, you can contact me to [address removed], too.



BTW, what do you cook tonight?

Since I got a new fridge, I bought beef chuck, and it's been cooking on my stove for more than 30 minutes. I added vegetables like potatoes, onions, carrots..I forgot to buy celery, but in a few more minutes, I would add condiments or sauce mix, so it would be either beef stew or beef curry, or maybe I divide it in half and make both!!  I would cook rice, but I have to buy more, and if I can't buy it today, then I would cook pasta or try to make some kind of bread, and I also have asparagus and mushroom so maybe I make salad or if I really want to go to the market, I would make cobb salad or Salad nicoise...

Have a wonderful day!

Sally


On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 2:07 PM, letmebefrank <[address removed]> wrote:
I really want to be a part of this group... really.. I have been looking forward to it. But I receive a ridiculous amount of emails and clearly a strong lack of organization. Tons of emails about random things and up to the second updates on ????
  Someone please take control... please... and organize this chaos... I think the group could have great potential. I would be glad to help.
frank


mugdha <[address removed]> wrote:
sounds like wonderful idea. If anyone is interested in learning some basic Indian recipes, I would love to volunteer to be on the team of instructors for that part.
 
best,
Mugdha

Art <[address removed]> wrote:
What is key for me is something that can be stored in the fridge for later consumption or be brought to the office.  A French dish would turn my colleagues green from envy!
 
Art 



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Subject: Re: [cooking-415] Future Meetups to come soon (1) French cooking
Date: Mon, 24 Mar[masked]:34:20 -0400

This sounds wonderful!
 
I've got a two picky eaters that I LOVE going home to everyday.  My husband and daugher like and need different things.  For instance, I tried this casseroles recipe last week and my daughter who is a toddler loved it but my husband didn't.  I believe his Mother over did the casseroles when he was a child ;-(
 
I would like quick meals for less than 9 ingredients for during the week.  On the weekends, I have more time to spend really cooking.
 
I am new to the group and can't wait to really learn.  I really like the idea of organizing recipes based on ingredients.
 
Elizabeth


Sally <[address removed]> wrote:
Ms. Nasha,

What a great idea!!!!  I really like that!  Thank you so much. Yes, that's been my goal too, as being a busy mom myself with two very active boys and two small dogs (I used to), I still have huge collections of recipes I have tried and became their favorites.. I organize my recipes according to the ingredients. So I can tell what to cook if you have certain ingredients in the fridge and pantry. I also have collection of recipes using leftovers and change them into different meals so your hubby wouldn't recognize he's basically eating the same food yesterday!   I also have menus how to cook for a week. I used to go grocery shopping on Saturdays and cooked all day Sunday, making food, store them, freeze them so that during the week your job is minimized to prepare meal....I'd love to share those tips and I bet many other people want to share their ideas and tips....

As this is the field I really am passionate, I could go on and on, but it would be much better communicating on the message board instead of using email, so could you post your reply to the message board so that we can start discussion? 


Other thing is how to implement a system that works for everyone...Mom also needs to feel good, take care of herself, and the key to the successful family is that Mom is always happy and in smile....and to achieve this you should have a system not only for meals, but for cleaning, scheduling, taking kids from here and there, grocery shopping, gift buying, sending cards, organizing house, doing laundry, ...you know, Mom do ten thousand different things a day, and maybe getting your husband and a little ones involved would be a good idea too.

As a matter of fact, I started teaching my kids how to cook when they were 4 or 5. With proper planning, encouragement and fun, kids can learn and actually do so many different things.

Also it's not a bad idea to sometimes declare that you're on VACATION.  Even if you are at home, you're taking vacation and do nothing, so other member needs to come up with ways to cover her absence while she enjoys her vacation. I know it sounds IMPOSSIBLE. But nothing is impossible until you try, and maybe Mom needs discipline herself not to pick up dirty socks, not to do everything for everybody, and have more flexible emotional muscle...Even if your kids try to bargain, threat, beg, play a game with you, you keep your strong self and tell them this is what Mom needs to do without nagging and being hysterical.

Oh, well, I could go on and on, but
Thank you again for the wonderful idea, and hope to meet you soon!

Saly



On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 12:56 PM, Ms.Nasha <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Sally,
   I have a suggestion for a class, what about a class on easy to make recipes for busy moms and wives who work and come home with 101 things to do. I'd REALLY like that. Ingredients that were kids friendly as well as husband approved would really be beneficial. I know I'm not the only one whose got picky kids and a husband how thinks that hot dogs are suitable Monday thru Sunday.


Ms.Nasha



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Subject: [cooking-415] Future Meetups to come soon (1) French cooking
Date: Wed, 19 Mar[masked]:57:55 -0400


Dear members,

I've been swamped with many different tasks for a past few weeks, but I just wanted to announce future meetups plans that I've been working on, and although I need to finalize details, I just wanted to let you know what kind of events are coming in the near future.

1. French cooking classes

1) General lessons for everyone including novice cooks

As you know I was very disappointed that the chef had an emergency, but i got this idea instead...

Judging from the RSVPs, french cooking seems to be our main interest and many of us want to learn. So instead of having just one class, I wanted to do that in a series of classes throughout the year.

I have contacted several chefs, but the main problem with everyone is schedule conflicts. So I asked our own members who are professional chefs themselves, and yes, they also have busy schedules, but they are more motivated because they belong to the group!! Thank you so much! So I think I'll be able to announce our first class later soon. And if you would like to be on our instructors team(sounds good, huh?!), please feel free to contact me.

(1) French Food 101 - very basic
(2) How to select good ingredients
(3) How to use and buy your tool of trade...utensils, appliances, and other useful tools
(4) How to plan a menu and cook efficiently doing multitasks
(5) How to follow, improve, and create your own recipes
(6) Regional cooking - Southen French, Northern French, Vietnamese French, Cajun, Nouvelle Cuisine, Californian French, French Japonais, etc.
(7) Pastry, like partir du sucre, gateaux au chocolat et gateaux sans beurre.... can they be healthier?!
(8) History of French cooking: What Catherine de' Medici brought to Henry and France, etc.
(9) Food preparation - safety 101
(10) How to set up a nice table and entertain your crowd
(11) How to showcase your food - Food presentation, arrangement, photo shoots
(12) French tea..

These are my ideas but if you could give me your ideas and requests, it would be more fun!


[About donated ingredients.]

I have told everyone that I'm going to give the donated ingredients from sponsors to the members who RSVPed Yes to the scheduled meetup. But I realized that some people had already dropped Yes RSVP because I wasn't able to post the location, and then after my announcement of giving away food, those spots were filled and I thought it's not really fair to the people who originally RSVPed and people who wanted to come, but unable to do that because it's already full.

So, I decided not to give out ingredients but I'll use them for the next classes.
Sorry for the confusion, but hope you understand my desire to be fair to each and every member and I thank you for that.

2) French cooking class for intermediate/advanced cooks

Another thing is that I made friends with the owner of this very good Japanese restaurant called "Bar Hayama" on Sawtelle Blvd. They are featured on an internet food program, and ranked 41, ahead of Matsuhisa(!) in the latest issue of Los Angeles food magazine. Toshi, the owner chef is the one who opened a California Sushi academy the very first time in 1999 in Venice. He's so nice, always wanting to help people understand food, and share the love of food. I'll post my photos taken with him later.

Not only they have good sushi and a bar, and very relaxed & romantic outside open hearth, one of the chefs is a noted French chef and they granted my request to teach us professional French cooking using their kitchen!

Through the questionnaire I previously sent to the members who RSVPed to find out what we want to learn about French cooking, I discovered the main interest is still on sauce.
And I also told you about the newsletter I created and posted on the File section. I put their information and the picture taken. The yellow sauce over asparagus and white fish was so out-of-this-worldly! (I like Paula Deen...smile) So we are going to have a meetup to learn professional cooking to find out what makes a professional chef different than us amateur cooks. And as this is aimed for more experienced cooks, and they use fine ingredients, the fee would be higher than normal meetups.

And many more to come.. Please read on.

Sally




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