Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, Week 4 - Palak Tofu Paneer

Just a little note about Friday - I also have a teeny tiny job working for London Play and I worked at their Go-Kart Build & Race 2015 event.  It was amazing.  A team from Lollard Street were there and came an impressive 3rd in the race.  Here is a video made by London Play of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPAIl6JyNbE&feature=youtu.be

Today was great.  We watered some withered plants, planted some seeds and made curry with flatbread, baked cinnamon apples and caramelised oranges.  We just about used up everything that was delivered last Tuesday, which is just what we want.  We want to waste as little as possible from the deliveries from FareShare London.

We planted some peas, chives, parsley, and thyme.

And we noticed our first almost-red tomato, which is very exciting!

There were new people in the kitchen today.  We started by chopping up the onions and garlic and frying them with the spices.  We put the tomatoes in a pot and brought the brought the water to almost boiling, to soften the skin and peel them easily.

And whilst this was happening someone was busy peeling the oranges:

Once we peeled the tomatoes we chopped them up and put them in the frying pan too and chopped them up some more.

Then we added the spinach,  It was frozen spinach and we used two big bags of it to feed 50 people!  We let it thaw out and then squeezed as much water from it as we could before putting it in the pan.  We stirred it in and then put it the food processor to smooth the mixture out.

We chopped up the tofu - 3 packets of it - and tossed it into the mixture, turning the heat down low and letting it cook through a bit more.

We also found a chilli pepper from the garden and chopped it up, although we decided not to put it in the mixture, but to offer it to people if they like their curry spicier.

The very last thing we did was add half a can of coconut milk - the thick stuff - not the watery stuff at the bottom of the can and stirred it through.  We served it with a quarter of a tortilla.  A perfect afternoon snack!

We also sliced up some apples, spread them on a baking tray put a sprinkling of cinnamon on the top and baked it the oven.  We turned them after about 10 minutes and baked them for another 10 minutes.

Onto the oranges.  We made some sugar syrup by putting half a cup of sugar in a pan with a tablespoon of water.  It melted and then we poured it over the oranges and put them in the fridge.  Yum!

There were lots of people asking for seconds and thirds today.  "That was the most fun I have had!" One of the boys who helped in kitchen said as he left.  "This tastes so good!" another said.  "Can I have the recipe?"  We made so much that there was a little left over - maybe for my lunch tomorrow! The baked apples and caramelised oranges also went down well with the kids.

It is quite important to eat a piece of fruit with snacks and meals because the vitamin C in the fruit helps your body absorb the iron from the other food - in this case, the spinach and the tofu.

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