March 8, 2014
I was excited when Elizabeth suggested I share a cultural recipe at the next FEEST community dinner. And for the past year that I’ve been involved with culinary, the one recipe I always share is the soup of bean recipe because it is my all time favorite. I make it at home a lot and it’s pretty easy to make in the first place. All you need is some beans (preferably red beans), tomatoes (optional) and salt and spices, any kind you like! It typically eaten with white rice or roti (african bread). And where did this fabulous dish come from? Kenya! My dad’s side of the family is from Kenya while my mom’s side is from Somalia, but my siblings and I were born in Kenya and my family has taken most of the Kenyan traditions. Although I don’t really eat the cultural dishes, most of them I love and this one is #1 on my list. Okay, so here’s how you make this awesome dish:
boil some beans (until they are soft and ready to be eaten)
drain them and put them in a container and in the fridge until they are no longer EXTREMELY hot
blend small proportions of the beans in a blender or food processor until they are coarse.
add beans back into the pot, add some water to let boil as you also add salt and spices (my favorite is curry!)
It’s delicious, hearty, and……….delicious!
March 4, 2014
My experience here today was AMAZING, from cooking with amazing people to having a thanksgiving-felt dinner with some very amazing people. I learned how to properly use a knife and i also was inspired to widen my cultural food bank. I never thought that coming to feest would impact my life in the way that it did. i personally made roasted broccoli yet all of my opinions and suggestions to others were heard. Sitting down at the table with my peers and the over-viewers, saying what we were thankful for and what was in our dishes, it was a family-feel. the adult supervisors were very kind and encouraging, motivating, and inspiring. They created a welcoming and open environment for us to express ourselves, i don’t think that feest is just about cooking its about family.
February 19, 2014
feast today was very fun we cooked fried rice with eggplant, onion, lemon, celantro, and with lots of other stuff we also had salad and brussol spriots we had lemon and orange juice everyone worked together and helped each other out when it came down to eat we all sat down and gave thanks and then we served the person next to us first and then we ate and talked and we laughed and talked about what we where like when we where kid and all the things we did. robbie got a challenge not to eat his cake pop unitll tomorrow and they will give him $5 dollers and so far it seems to be very hard for him. it was a very fun day today at feast.
February 14, 2014
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February 12, 2014
This program is about coming to feast, meeting new people and eating healthy food.When you first come you will see fruits and vegetable on the table. Everyone gathers around. Then everyone picks one fruit or vegetable. After that we will say what could we make off of what you picked. I picked pares and i said “ we could add the pears to the nudles. After everyone say what they could make off of that. We will go and cook.
We started get in to groups. We help and perticipate in many ways. Our group was making noodules. We picked what we need for the nudules. We puted a pot with water. After it boiled we add the noodles. While the nudule was get cooked, we started to cut up salary, carrots, potatetos, brociln , soysaws, spices, salt, vinger, oil, garlic, and onions. When the noodles are ready we rinsed it. We started to cook the rest of the ingredients. To do that we had a fring pan. We add oil then the onions. At the end we mixed everything with the noodles.
Finally we sat together in a big table and we say how we made the dishes, every dished one person in there group talks about it. Also everyone says what they are thankful for. Then we start by serving for the person who sits next to you. We finally eat then when we are finished we say thank you for the food. Then since we all cooked and ate we clean together. Feast is a place where you meet new people cook new food we have never cooked before and you get service hours.
February 12, 2014
I came in late today but once I came in I felt energized. There was music playing and everyone was working so dillegently on their dishes. The vibe was great and made me want to cook. Everyone was ecstatic and inclusive, I was immediately invited to help cook a special spagetti dish.
While I was working on this dish my hand started cramping because I normally don’t cook so it was a struggle but, my groupmates offered help many times and they were really thoughtful. While making this dish I learned that factory made pasta isn’t the same as homemade pasta, which is what we made using different spices and tomato paste. I also learned that you could minimalize what you have to clean by making the most of what you have. Today was great and I look forward to coming back next week.
February 11, 2014
YOSEPH AMARE 17: It was a great FEEST considering that this was my first, I ate amazing like quinoa and Mofonqo also I had a great time cooking and making new friends so all and all I had a fun night.
IRENE BOWEN 15: Tonight was my first FEEST! What a lovely community! We made banana bread with oat flour, I was really stoked about that because I’m allergic to gluten. I helped make salad, frittata, and a banana smoothie. It seemed like this FEEST had a lot of things with banana and coconut products, yum :). Thank you FEEST for bringing me into this positive food community, I am excited to share the love.
January 30, 2014
This was a new program for me, and so far ive can say that, ive learned a lot from just 1section. Ive learned how not all foods needs meat to taste amazing. Everyone here is like family and you can always speak your mind. I learned how to use knives and make lemonades in a way i never have before. Ive tasted so many foods that these people made and love everyone of it. They somehow made vegetables taste good!, everything was all natural and healthy, its was an amazing expirence that i will take with me for years to come.
January 22, 2014
So at today’s F.E.E.S.T there was really special guest and instead of our regular regime of cooking together we had a deep discussion of how us (the members of F.E.E.S.T) think about our local community and let our special guest treat us. The things we talked about seemed to me very important with our community, from how we can change the distribution of food to how we can change our local community’s thoughts on the type of food we buy, as in organics and farmers market produce. Through this whole talk i had obtained new ways of thinking about how we can help our community. Todays F.E.E.S.T was different but in a good way, I feel we had learned a lot. <3
January 17, 2014
Hey my name is Gloria. I’m 16 years old and I go to Nova High School. I’m a kitchen intern. Today at FEEST I did something that I didn’t do for a long time. I got to do a dinner with my community at school. I actually never tried to cook with things around the house. I learned that when I get older and I’m living by myself I would have to cook like that.
I made this dish that had three green peppers, some amazing Mexican cheese, and tortillas. Everyone said they love it and said that they couldn’t wait to eat it. When we sat down at the table we got some new people eating with us. We talked about Macklemore and how some people was going to the concert, some person said they know him!
Everyone stayed to set up and clean up. Everybody was busy cooking, helping, talking, and cleaning together. I really loved how everyone helped out at the end of the dinner. Even if they clear their spot that helps a lot. People made some awesome food at came from their family and culture. I was happy people came and ate food with the FEEST team.
There was music playing in the background until we were cooking, I saw students dancing to the beat of the music. The teachers were great helpers with the cleaning and cooking. We didn’t do ninja slap, I love that game its so fun to play with a big group of people. Time went fast because some people were having fun cooking like me. I didn’t really finish my food but people loved the food i made! My time was great and fun!