Here in Guateng, we started a cooking Course, with me Hendri, the presenter.
The looks on the ladies’ faces are priceless when they see a guy presenting the cooking Course.
The reason we started the cooking Course was to help the ladies learn how to make new meals for the children and to bring a better, balanced diet to their home cooking.
The cooking Course not only helps the ladies make food but also teaches them about safety in the kitchen, food preparation, how to fold serviettes and how to lay a table. The small things we use, they did not now how to make or do.
In week one, we start with safety in the kitchen; when we have gone through all the things they need to know, we begin the making of food. I teach them how to make small breakfasts, high in protein. We make scrambled eggs, a window sandwich (piece of bread, where the centre part is taken out and replaced by a egg) French toast and omelettes. Most of these the ladies never knew how to make such breakfast food; every time I ask the students if they went home and made it, most of the time they say “yes”.
In the second week, we make ginger biscuits. Liezl then takes the students and shows them how to fold serviettes and how to set a table. Every time the ladies ask a few good questions such as: what type of plates to use with what type of party, what type of wine glass to use for what wine. We also show the students how they can bring the folded serviettes into their table decorations.
In the third week, we demonstrate how to make a cheese-and-onion bread and a pasta with cheese sauce. We also start working with more types of food, food preparation and food safety. Liezl and I show the ladies every thing they need to know about working with the meat groups and vegetables.
In week four, we do a chicken stir-fry and prize giving. The prize giving would normally take half an hour to go through 25 certificates. But in Tembisa, the event takes about one and a half hours. Every lady called to get her certificate needs to sing her own song, and so does the next and the next until all have sung their own song.
At the first cooking Course, we had about 15 ladies; on the second offering, 26 ladies attended. We are now in the second week of the third offering and have 19 students. It is amazing to see the facial expressions as you go through the work with them.
That’s all for now from the Kempton-Park team