Chinese New Year with NY Women’s Culinary Alliance

3 Sundays ago, I volunteered to assist with a cooking class for kids. Our theme was Chinese New Year. We did the event at my old school, Institute of Culinary Education. It was fun and I got to showcase (in a slight way) my Chinese cooking skills.

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Mandarin Muffins
Shrimp Fried Rice
Longevity Peanut Sesame Noodles
Hoisin Chicken in Lettuce Leaves (this dish I would have made differently)

(I put the recipes of the Mandarin Muffins and the Sesame Noodles below.)

Mandarin Orange Muffins
Makes about 12
To the Chinese, oranges and tangerines represent wealth, luck and abundant happiness.
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, diced
1 large egg, beaten
1 – 11 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained (reserve juice)
1/2 cup (or more) juice from reserved Mandarin oranges

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sift dry ingredients together.
To the dry ingredients, add 1/2 cup diced butter. Cut in with pastry blender, or knife and fork, until mixture crumbles or resembles small peas.
To the dry ingredients, add the beaten egg, and 1/2 cup of the reserved Mandarin orange juice (more may be needed), just until moistened. Do not over mix, or your muffins will be dry and tough.
Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Fill the liners 3/4 full with the batter, then top muffins with 2-3 Mandarin oranges (or, push them into the batter).
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Longevity Peanut Sesame Noodles
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer or side dish
8 ounces thin wheat/linguine noodles
4 Tablespoons sesame oil
4 Tablespoons chopped peanuts
3 Tablespoons peanut oil
2 Tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup onion (medium-sized), thinly sliced
3/4 cup bell pepper, thinly sliced
6 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2-3 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce (adjust to your spicy tolerance)
4 Tablespoons peanut butter
3-5 Tablespoons water
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Cook the noodles until they are tender, but a bit firm. Drain and return noodles to the pot. Mix in 2 Tablespoons of the sesame oil and 2 Tablespoons of the peanuts. Set aside.
In a wok or large skillet, heat the peanut oil and the remaining 2 Tablespoons sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add ginger and garlic; stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add onions, then bell pepper, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly softened.
To the wok or skillet, mix in the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, and chili-garlic sauce. Stir in peanut butter and adjust the consistency of the sauce with water.
Reduce heat to low and add the noodles to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with the remaining chopped peanuts.

Mediterranean Cooking Class

Below is what can be referred to as “Greek Lasagna”
Mousaka:zucchini, potato, eggplant, ground meat, and Bechamel Sauce on top.
Flour butter milk eggs, black pepper, salt, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese
all together. Bake 20 min.

Also included in the mix was:

Spinach in Filo Dough (about 1/2 an hour to make)

Dips with Pita Bread (1 hour tops)

Grilled Octopus (40 or so minutes to boil and then about 15 minutes or less on grill)

Baklava (about 1/2 and hour)

Shrimp Santorini (1 hour or so–vegetables and then cooking shrimp)

Homemade Pasta with Homemade Tomato Sauce (depends on your sauce)

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It was good and we recommend something like this for couples. It is nice to learn together. We saw this deal on LIVING SOCIAL.

Cheers friends!