To gear up for Sunday, I hung around the kitchen on Saturday to pick up a few pointers. It's nowhere near the cooking we do back home. Think camping, but on a much bigger scale. All preparation is done outdoors and food is cooked over an open fire. When you add up kids and staff they're feeding about 50, and most of the kids eat way more than the adults. I've seen some of these 4 year olds pack away 4 huge bowls of rice & vegetables for lunch, which confirms the legend of the hollow leg.
Take a look at these pics to see how much food they prepare. Especially note the amount of rice.
|Me and Thai preparing a whack of morning glory|
|Preparing the herbs|
|The meat is cut into bite-sized pieces with a very sharp cleaver|
|Rinsing the herbs, vegetables and rice.|
The bowl of rice, far right, is uncooked, so will at least double in size
|The uncooked rice goes into the boiling pot, over a wood fire|
|The fragrant herb & spice mix is ground in a huge pestle|
By Sunday I was a real pro, peeling and chopping wintermelon. O.B. Happy wasn't about to miss the action, and climbed up on my shoulder to get a 'cat's-eye-view'.
|O.B. Happy supervising my culinary skills|
Jill and Moira helped prepare the other vegetables, and joked around as usual.
|The three musketeers, sabres in hand. Touchee!|
Dom, one of the English teachers, chopped the pork ribs, tended the soup, and cooked the rice. We ate a hearty meal of mixed vegetable soup and rice. Yummmm!!
|Dom. Chef for the day.|
|Working on a 3rd helping|