Martha Stafford, owner of the Charlottesville Cooking School, returned today to lead a cooking workshop and demonstration for Block B. After giving a short talk on the importance of cooking and eating seasonally, Martha led a hands-on workshop in tasting and experimenting with food. Each student got a pat of butter, bread, radish slices, and assorted herbs and seasonings – cilantro, basil, chives, sesame seeds, ginger, yum!
Martha had the group smell and taste each ingredient on its own to help develop the palette. Students then combined their favorite flavors into a compound butter and made mini sandwiches with a simple slice of bread, radish slices, and the butter. What a healthy and delicious snack!
After the workshop, we headed into the kitchen for a short cooking demonstration. Martha taught us about the simple art of making a French-style omelette and hopefully dispelled some of the fear about getting hands-on in the kitchen. Who knows, perhaps a few more omelettes will be made tonight for dinner by inspired students.
Only one more full day of class! It’s hard to believe how fast two weeks go by.