De Ma Cuisine



September 2011



Equipping a Friend to Cook

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Yesterday we had a cooking lesson at our apartment. Our good friend and I had talked about me showing him how to cook a few things. I’m not a pro, but I like to cook and it’s fun to share that with someone who wants to learn. Yesterday was the first class.

Our friend is a bachelor and doesn’t spend much time in the kitchen cooking for himself. So I thought up an easy menu that he could prepare.

Our menu included: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy, Roasted Broccoli, Salad with Homemade Dressing, and Peach Crisp.

The Tri Tip Roast Beef was done in the Crock Pot. He boiled and mashed potatoes, adding the usual yummy ingredients to make them creamy. He learned how to make a rou to start the gravy, then whisked in the drippings from the roast. He chopped and roasted the broccoli with some olive oil, salt and pepper (in the toaster, because our oven is broken). We had a simple salad of romaine lettuce and heirloom tomatoes, with a homemade vinaigrette (that had been emulsified). For dessert, he chopped up some peaches, and made individual peach crisps with an oat, cinnamon, brown sugar topping. It was all delicious. And, he made it all himself! My job was simply to say what to do when, and how to do it. It was great! 

It was fun and empowering to show someone that they can cook a “fancy” meal! I’m looking forward to our next lesson!

(Update: the recipe for the roast can be found here.)


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