FEBRUARY 2020: A KITCHEN TOOLS PHD CLASS
FAT TUESDAY COLORFUL CAJUN JAMBALAYA + NEW ORLEANS GRAPEFRUIT SNO-BALL PARTY SLUSH
Happy Fat Tuesday!
Why do fish swim in saltwater? Because pepper makes them sneeze
What kind of socks do you need to plant bell peppers? Garden hose
What does a nosey red pepper do? Gets jalapeno business
We’re welcoming this week with a recipe inspired by New Orleans and its technicolor culture. February is the month of Mardi Gras, after all, and is the time when New Orleans becomes even more alive and in color than ever. We thought shiny bell peppers in 3 degrees of ripeness would be the perfect secret ingredient to highlight for the occasion.
Here’s a fun fact: Green, yellow, and red bell peppers come from the same plant. True story. As bell peppers mature, their color changes from green to yellow to red red as they ripen and become sweeter. That's why red peppers are sweeter than green peppers. While you are preparing this Fat Tuesday Colorful Cajun Jambalaya + Grapefruit Sno-ball Party Slush feast, have your kids taste test all three colors with their eyes closed to see if they can tell the difference!
It’d also be fun for your kids to line up their chopped ingredients in your home kitchens, taste each one, and talk about what flavors or aspects they think each ingredient will add to the final dish! FYI: Your kids did this same exercise in our Sticky Fingers Cooking classes this week! For example, carrots and red bell peppers add sweetness. Green bell peppers add a grassy, bitter quality (and the green color looks pretty, too!) Onions and garlic are aromatics, and they make the dish a bit spicy. Celery adds crunch and saltiness. Though Cajun Jambalaya typically doesn’t use tomatoes, we’re using them anyway. Creole jambalaya DOES use tomatoes. Cajun jambalaya comes out brown-colored because the meat dissolves into the broth. We’re simulating the color of Cajun Jambalaya with soy sauce and canned black beans!
If you’re looking for some festive music to play while you and your family cook, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an excellent choice! Look it up!
HAVE FUN this week cooking up these colorful, flavorful, festive recipes and learning a bit about one of our favorite places: New Orleans.
Healthy + Happy Cooking, Chef Erin & Chef Jacqui