Cooking My First Meal for 45 People!
Yesterday I was trained in cooking for the community. We are about 45 people and I needed to make lunch. There are set guidelines for each meal such as breakfast always has a fruit and a porridge/rice. Lunch always has a starch (rice or potatoes), dal (lentils) for protein, cooked vegetables and a raw salad. I learned how to keep the fires going so that we don’t need to keep lighting matches (which is difficult in wet weather) and how to figure out the right proportions for this size community. I made a mixture of brown and red rice, a mix of lentils with some ginger, garlic, cumin, and coriander, cooked veggies (onion, eggplant, okra, and chow chow (an Indian veggie that’s kind of like a cross between cucumber and zucchini) with smoked paprika, and my salad was cabbage and cucumber with a lemon-cilantro dressing. It came out delicious! (In case you are wondering, the trick to cooking here is to think of something simple and delicious and creative with what’s available- meaning in season and in our kitchen J).