by MADIE MURRAY
Farm to Cafeteria Chairwoman
Rainy days are always great days to cook, and last Sunday eight budding student chefs assembled at Red Rabbit Farm for an all-day cooking class with Christina Orchid.
This special class was the first place prize given by Red Rabbit Farm and won by this year’s elementary level student chef winners Arla Sutton and Zora Leck.
The prize was originally to be a family cooking day, but Arla and Zora wanted instead to share their gift with all of the kids who competed with them, and so it became a cooking class with friends. It was a truly special day, indeed.
So, with aprons on and enthusiasm ruling the day, six bright faces stood ready to chop, dice, peal, prepare and learn from the master, Christina.
She was ready with tables all set up with cutting boards and knives. Christina had a big round pot for a one-pot meal at the demonstration table.
The young chefs loved the mirror above the table. She demonstrated how to cut up a whole chicken as well as seasoned and roasted it in the oven. Then the kids helped prep carrots, potatoes, fennel, garlic, and Christina talked about adding spices. All went into the pot with stock and the roasted chicken.
She taught how it could be made with any kind of meat, or beans, and lots of different fresh, organically grown vegetables.
After a romp in the big open field, they came in and Christina had prepared eight mini cakes for them to frost. She made Italian butter cream frosting and taught them how to cut it in half for a layer cake (no easy task!), and to apply a crumb coat so it looks professional. Then each student got a pastry bag for decorating. They all took a cake home.
It was a good day had by all. Thank you Christina for sharing your passion so generously with our young people.