There is a local food bank that provides food to low income people. They also provide information and classes on how to prepare inexpensive, nutritious and tasty food. They offer a six week class, and each week the participants learn a bit about nutrition facts, cooking techniques and they practice making a recipe. For this final meeting the participants were surprised to learn that they were going to have a competition; and that I would be a judge (based on my love of eating, and the fact that I was available ;-).
At this event, which was held at a school, the participants were randomly assigned to a team. First up they had to press a buzzer and correctly answer a nutrition question. Sorry the picture is so fuzzy:-p
The prize for each question was that they got to select a food item to use in their dishes. The categories were protein, fruits, vegetables and dairy. The secret ingredients that all teams had to use were: cauliflower, baby cucumbers and canned Mandarin oranges.
Then it was off to the races, make a meal using the secret ingredients, their choices and using the spices and extras available in just one hour.
Everyone produced something that was at the very least, edible ( I did eat a lot of cauliflower salads) and at best, quite delicious. I forgot to take a picture of the first dish, it wasn’t very pretty (but it was tasty). There was great teamwork and a lot of laughter and joy in the cooking. Everyone was named best in some category, and the participants got a chef’s knife and cookbook. Us judges had fun trying things, and I even learned a new recipe (fruit salad made with Greek yogurt and cinnamon).