Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cooking Class Part 3

This lesson was ALL about eggs!  Cracking, separating, whipping, scrambling, boiling . . . you name it, we talked about it!  First off we made omelette's in a bag.  They cracked the eggs themselves, scrambled them and then put them in a bag.  They added various toppings of their choosing and then sealed it up.
Into the boiling water they went.  I promise the water is boiling.  For some reason the camera didn't capture the boil.  Hmm... interesting!
 Here it is all cooked and ready to come out of the bag.
And here is the omelette ready to be eaten.
 On a side note, when serving eggs to kids make sure you have plenty of ketchup.  I might have forgotten we were pretty much all out of ketchup upon serving the eggs and the girls probably got an 1/8 of a teaspoon of ketchup each.  No joke . . . an eighth of a teaspoon!  And even that might be more than what they actually received!  Sad day on the ketchup front!
We also learned what happens to egg whites when air is added by beating them really fast.  Thanks to a fellow homeschool friend who gave the suggestion to do this part of the egg unit.  It turned out so well! You can find her awesome homeschool blog here
We made these little meringue cookies.  The recipe for these and the omelets will follow.
 We also learned about melting chocolate and decided to dip our cookies in said melted chocolate.  Yum!  Here are pics of each of the girls giving cookie dipping a go.

 And here is Piglet, again, tasting our tasty treats.  I don't think she actually ate the cookies.  I'm pretty sure she just used her fingers to dip and lick off all of the chocolate.  What can I say?!  A girl after my own heart!
 These are pretty much marshmallow cookies dipped in chocolate.  How can this go wrong . . .
 It can't!
 Check out these cute chocolate faces!  Its a good thing our lesson on manners and etiquette is the next lesson cause I'm pretty sure after these cookies it would have been an epic fail.  But so worth it!  And fun!
Omelette in a Bag
2 eggs 

2 slices ham, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 

1 tablespoon chopped onion (optional) 
1 tablespoon chopped green bell pepper (optional) 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tomato (optional) 
1 tablespoon chunky salsa (optional) 
2 fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional) 
  1. Crack the eggs into a large resealable freezer bag. Press out most of the air, and seal. Shake or squeeze to beat the eggs. Open the bag, and add the ham, cheese, onion, green pepper, tomato, salsa, and mushrooms. Squeeze out as much of the air as you can, and seal the bag.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place up to 8 bags at a time into the boiling water. Cook for exactly 13 minutes. Open the bag, and let the omelet roll out onto a plate. The omelet should roll out easily.
Snow Cookies
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup peppermint candies
Separate egg whites and let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat vanilla, cream of tartar and egg whites till soft peaks form (tips curl).
Slowly add sugar, 1 Tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed till stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is almost dissolved.
Spoon meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star shaped tip. Pipe 1-2-inch stars onto baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cookies just start to turn brown. Turn oven off and let cookies dry in oven with door closed for about 10 minutes. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks.
Melt chocolate and vegetable oil and place in small bowl. Crush peppermint candies in either a food processor or mini chopper and place in another small bowl.
Dip tips of snow cookies in melted chocolate. Sprinkle crushed peppermint dust on top of chocolate. Enjoy with family and friends on a fun snow day! Happy Cooking :)

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