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Public Meeting Today for the future of School Lunch in LA
at the LAUSD Building at 4th and Beaudry – GOOGLE IT!
1:00 pm
They Validate! ( Park in the Visconti Lot)
Hi All –

Quick alert – and sorry for the last minute notice . . . I just got this on my facebook page this morning, and you know how I feel about eating well… Especially our youngsters.
When: Today, the school board will vote on whether or not to approve the current $290m/five-year food services (processors) contract.
What you can do: Please consider signing up to speak for 3 minutes to share what you think about the current program, and ask the board to postpone the vote for an opportunity to have a larger dialogue with parents and community.
Where do you go: register at the school board conference room at 4th & Beaudry to speak at 1p
Parking: parking is validated in the Visconti lot.
If you do not wish to speak – you can give your time to others

I don’t know if I can make it – I’m teaching cooking class with 7th graders at that time. But I’m gonna try really hard to get there before it’s over. feel free to text me with updates – 310 850 1884.



Seriously GREAT night!  Our leaders , Sunita and Indra Led us through 10 different recipes.

Sunita and Indra getting ready for the students
Sunita and Indra getting ready for the students

Sunita and Indra were flawless in there demonstrations and assistance and we made a FEAST!  You’ll notice that some recipes have  few to no amounts listed. If you weren’t at the class this may seem a little strange.  I suggest you mix the spices together  before adding and taste!  The leading ladies suggested all the chefs that night could have used more onions.  Make sure you have a gracious portion- don’t be skimpy, this is the base for much of the flavor.

Indra’s Recipes

Indra’s  Sri Lanken  Chicken

Clean and washed  5 Chicken Pieces ( boneless thighs preferred)
½ tsp each salt and pepper, 2 tsp chile powder, pinch of tumeric
2 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, ¼ tsp fenugreek
1 inch of cinnamon, 2 tsp curry powder from your cousin, ½ tsp soy, 1 tsp oil

Combine all to marinate chicken  2- 4 hours or overnight

Saute :
1/2 to 1  onion, bay leaves ( curry leaf)
¼ tsp mustard seeds –  look for the small ones
1 green chile, ½ inch of ginger –  minced
2 cloves of garlic  – minced, ½ tsp cumin seed
2 tsp of dry roasted curry powder

Add chicken. Stir 5 minutes.  add 1.5 – 2  tomatoes, mix. Cover for 5 minutes.
Add ½ cup of water and  ½ cup of coconut milk. Adjust to suit.

Taking in the Spice extravaganza
Taking in the Spice extravaganza

Parippu ~ Lentil or Dal curry

1 Cup of Dal, triple washed.

1.5 cups of water
1 clove of garlic
onion bits and green chile
1 inch of cinnamon stick

Simmer together till done.

Saute: Onions,  garlic, chile powder, bay leaves, red chiles,  mustard seed in olive oil
( feel free to add maldib fish)

Then: add the dal, ¾ cop of coconut milk and ¾ cup of water. Salt at the end.
Sprinkle with curry powder, just a bit.

Cucumber Salad – A Delicious Cold Pickle

Peel and cut the cucumber in quarters lengthwise.
1 tomato  – Decide by taste whether to remove or leave the seeds. Slice small.
Add ¼ of a red onion, sliced the same size as the cucumber.
add green chile rounds.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Squeeze on the juice of lime.
(Add Maldib Fish if you like.)
Chill and Enjoy

Potato Curry

Boil 2 to 3 potatoes  till just cooked through,  cool,  peel and cube in 1 inch pieces.

¼ onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 green chile, ¼ tsp mustard seed, ½ – to 1/3  tsp tumeric
oloo har ( fenugreek)
fresh bay ( curry leaf)
1 or 2 red chiles

add ¾ cup of water and ¾ cup of coconut milk.
Add potato.
Heat and reduce.
Sprinkle with Curry powder from your cousin ( or the spice man)  before serving.
(add Maldib fish if desired)

Enjoying our Indian Feast Together
Enjoying our Indian Feast Together

Sunita’s Recipes

Baingain bhartha

mustard seeds
sliced onions
chili powder
garlic cloves
chopped tomato
globe eggplant
cilantro for garnish

1) Poke a few holes in the eggplants.  Roast until they are collapsed, turning every 20 minutes, for about an hour.  Cool, and peel off charred skin.  Set pulp aside.
2) Heat oil on medium-high heat in pan.  Add some mustard seeds and asoefetida.  When the seeds start popping, add the turmeric and sliced onions.
3) Sautee onions until clear.  Add the salt, chili powder, garlic, and chopped tomato.  Sautee a little longer.
4) Add the eggplant pulp and cook for a bit.  Shouldn’t take too long as the eggplant is already roasted.
5) Garnish with chopped cilantro.


(Note this one can take a while unless you decide to pressure cook the lentils first)
Soak the lentils first.

mustard seeds
chopped onions
chopped garlic
ground coriander
chopped spinach
soaked mung lentils

1) Heat the oil in a pan.  Add the mustard seeds.
2) When the seeds start popping, add the coriander, onions and turmeric.
3) Sautee until the onions are clear.
4) Add the garlic, coriander, sal, masala, spinach and lentils.  Add a little water to cover.
5) Cook on medium low heat (for quite a while) until lentils are cooked through.

Toor Dal

ghee (or oil)
cooked toor dal (in pressure cooker)
mustard seeds
curry leaves
chilli powder
tamarind pulp
jaggery (or brown sugar)

1) Heat the ghee in a pan on medium high heat.  Add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, and chili powder.
2) Lower the heat and add the cooked dal and stir well.
3) When it starts boiling, add salt, masala, tamarind pulp and jaggery.
4) Add water to make it the consistency you desire.


cumin seeds
chopped green chilies
chopped cauliflower
fresh ginger

1) Heat oil in pan.  Add cumin seeds.
2) When seeds begin to sizzle, add asoefetida and chilies.
3) After a minute or two, add cauliflower and salt.  Stir well to coat and cook.
4) Grate in fresh ginger to taste near end of the cooking.
5) When finished cooking, stir in chopped cilantro.

Because you can order your Heritage Turkey at Harmony Farms – but hurry there are only 90 available and I already got two.  They are being raised at B and B Country Chicken Farm in Templeton and are a shocking $9. a pound. WOW. But you know what?  I’m worth it  – are you?

It’s that time of year again. Farmer Chris is taking orders for  his delicious grass fed beef.

The Kerstons
The Kerstons

His farm, Chaffin Family Orchards,  is  up the pike in Oroville.

I split a 1/2 cow last year with 5 friends.  If your interested, Let me know and we can increase  the order to a whole animal.

one pound packages
one pound packages

He’ll deliver at the end of June if the schedule is the same as last year. (Their olive oil is also delicious as well as the apricot preserves.)

Call for prices it’s different than your usual purchasing arrangements.

It’s a community service,  there is no mark up in the cost.

New York Strip Steak from Chaffin Family Farm

New York Strip Steak from Chaffin Family Farm

And they have big beautiful chickens for order too.


The Mystery Lunch Box Challenge is ON!  Scheduled at Jefferson High on April 27th, May 4th, 11 and 13th as an after school offering, this crash course in teenage cooking survival skills is  a BLAST!

Chef MB and the  Junior Chefs

Chef MB and the Junior Chefs

I’m looking for a couple more  chefs to guide these amazing youth toward delicious whole foods with the use of a fry pan, herbs and your  wonderful knowledge. (oh and some olive oil of course)

diggin in to those delicious plant based delicacies!

diggin in to those delicious plant based delicacies!

Please contact me if you can be of service (there is pay involved). Chefs must commit to all 4 sessions.  ( the first being the introduction to the class and the last being the cook off.)

Still need a little inspiration to be of service? Check out this video.

Please tell me – why is it okay to put up your Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving, but if you leave them up for the entire month of January, you’re a loser? On that note, Just because a party is long gone,  can’t I still remember it fondly and share some pix a few months later?

pretty pie makers & box decorators

pretty pie makers and box decorators

The answer: yes I can!
For starters, check out these awesome pictures and wonderful blog entree from Nozizwe.

 we use the honor system

we use the honor system

She made the prettiest pie and  we bartered for some of her awesome photos.  (I’m big on the barter thing)

Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and get all the busy bakers in the mood to  be thankful, joyful, grateful.

creating tradition for years to come

creating tradition for years to come

I certainly hope you can make it in 2010.  We made 130 pies this year –  and we couldn’t have made even one more.  Next year, more apples, more molasses, more pecans…. MORE BEER!

I’m checking things off my list  and one of them was a blog post about the Eat-In last September for Slowfood.

ready set...

ready set...

Lisa did a great review here. I added a few pictures and now… off my list !

gathering signatures and letter writing station

gathering signatures and letter writing station

good times, good eats

good times, good eats