Welcome to the blog for Adventurous Young Chefs, where some very cool kids would rather make (and eat) something more exciting than dinosaur chicken nuggets! This week at Little Feet in the Kitchen, it’s Celebrity Chef week, and we are making the recipes of a different chef every day. Check out our first few days:
It’s always so quiet just before camp begins…
And then the fun begins.
Monday was Julia Child day, so we got started right away learning how to crack & separate eggs…
We also learned how to properly whisk, and whipped up some delicious omelets for lunch.
Later we made Pissaladiere Nicoise, sort of a pizza on puff pastry with caramelized onions and olives, which originated in Nice.
The eggs we had separated went into some rich, dark chocolate mousse. Julia would have been proud.
Look at what parents got to taste at pickup… not too shabby!
Tuesday was Jamie Oliver day. How much do we love Jamie? We talked about how wonderful it would have been for our favorite Brit to just pop by to say hello, but instead, we settled for a YouTube video of Jamie discovering that some children didn’t know the difference between a tomato and a potato. We love Jamie and his Food Revolution and wish that LAUSD would let him get his hands on our school lunches! Keep trying, Jamie – we need you!
To get the day started, we made our own herb salts, to be used on roasts, salads, or wherever we want to use them. Campers got to choose between lavender, lemon-thyme, sage, tarragon and rosemary… though some, like Grace (below), decided that a melange of all the herbs made the perfect herb salt!
Later, in honor of Jamie, we made a gorgeous salad with fresh figs macerated in honey and balsamic vinegar, individual shepherd’s pies and raspberry Eton Mess, that sweet, fluffy dessert of freshly whipped cream, raspberries and crumbled meringue cookies. Here are some of my campers crumbling up the meringue cookies… how fun is this recipe?
If you’ve never had Eton Mess, you have something to look forward to. It is incredibly simple, and just as incredibly delicious!
We are looking forward to tomorrow, which is Mario Batali day — a day of some delicious Italian food – we can’t wait. We are also excited about our special guest chef, Gwen Kenneally, chef and owner of Back to the Kitchen, who is stopping by. We can’t wait to see what she is going to teach us.
In the meantime, it’s quiet again at Little Feet in the Kitchen cooking camp, but only long enough for us to recharge.
Stay tuned… will your favorite celebrity chef be next?