Adelaide Winter Solstice Cookery Weekend

Last Sunday marked the shortest day of the year in Australia. While Northern Hemisphere’s revellers danced frenetically till the bright wee hours of their Summer Solstice, down under had it’s longest cold, dark night.

Such is life in Mother Nature’s endless loop of constant seasonal change. Another winter starts to move towards spring, we all get a little bit warmer, a bit older in the process, and, hopefully, a little bit wiser.

We celebrated in culinary style at The Sticky Rice Cookery School in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. Here’s our team for day one – a full class.

poised for action:

And this was our menu:

Kurma’s Spice Trail

Spicy, Sweet & Sour Masoor Dal Soup with Mixed Vegetables,
Orange and Pecan-studded Canadian Wild Rice and Basmati Pilaff
Cream-infused Delhi-style Panir, Fresh Chili and Dried Fruit-filled Croquettes (Malai Kofta),
Gujarati Fenugreek-scented Pumpkin Curry, With Flame-toasted Pappadams,
Tender Griddle-baked Whole-wheat Flatbreads, (Chapatis)
Lemon-infused Dubai-style Salad of Fresh Dates, Toasted Turkish Bread, Almonds, Bitter Greens, Fresh Herbs & Feta,
and Pakistani-style Creamy Vermicelli Dessert (Kheer Sevian)

kitchen busy bees:

The vast kitchen at Sticky Rice coped well with our big team. Chapati rolling was loads of fun. And they all puffed up like tender, warm, wheaty ballons. The breads, that is, not the students.

our daily bread:

The groaning banquet table awaits…

best bit:

Sunday’s menu was different:

Vegetarian World Food

Iranian Saffron-scented Spicy Rice (Pollou),
Seared Chili Panir Steaks with Sweet Potato Mash & Rocket Salad,
BBQ Asparagus with Balsamic-scented Semi-dried Tomato & Macadamia Chutney, and Shaved Grana Padano,
Oven-Roasted Cauliflower & Stir-fried Snow Peas with Cashews,
North Indian Puffed Fried Breads (Poories),
Orange-infused Hot & Sweet Apple Chutney,and
Lemon-scented Sticky Date, Walnut and Raisin Semolina Halava Pudding

Our crew was smaller but equally enthusiastic. Here we sit, poised before entering the kitchen.

Sticky Sunday:

Four hours later, feast time!

feast time:

Join us for our next classes. Only three days left this year at Sticky Rice. Be quick to book:

Sticky Rice Cooking School
Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Sunday 23 August 2009, Cookery Workshop
online bookings or call 08 8339 1314

Sticky Rice Cooking School
Stirling, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Sat 28, Sun 29 November 2009, Cookery Workshops
online bookings or call 08 8339 1314


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