Finding the sound for Chef Koochooloo

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to our first post of what is shaping to be an amazing 2015.

Over the holiday break, we’ve been very busy working with the talented students of Cogswell College in crafting these amazing different identity pieces for Chef Koochooloo. They’ve created 7 unique tracks that match the essence of our brand, but we need to select just one.

After a week of voting for their favorite on Facebook, our community has selected these top two contenders.

Now we need your help to decide which is the final one.

Hear out contender number 1)

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Share with us your opinion voting in our post on Facebook  or leave your comment with your final vote here!

 

Tuna Pie in Mariano Castro Elementary School

We have started our series of lessons in the Castro Mariano Valley Elementary School! This week the kids prepared a delicious and healthy Mexican recipe contributed by one of our team members. Check out the recipes and the photos of the interactive class!

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Country we are exploring: Mexico (Population: 122 million)

Capital: Mexico City

Continent: America

Official Language(s): Spanish

English Recipe Name: Tuna Pie

Name of dish in native country: Pastel de atún

Type of dish: Appetizer

Recommended season or holiday: The following recipe is very popular at children’s parties in Mexico, specially in the Mazatlán  region. And one of our team members from Mexico mentions is traditional for her family holidays!

Serving Size: for 6 people

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When it comes to health, Tuna fish has it all. It is rich in protein, low in fat, and is an excellent source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, which make your brain smarter!

Ingredient spotlight: Tuna

Fish are vertebrate animals that live in the water. Vertebrate means they have a spinal cord surrounded by bone or cartilage.

When it comes to health, Tuna fish has it all. It is rich in protein, low in fat, and is an excellent source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, which make your brain smarter!

Tools (optional): knife, blender, glass vessel, spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of white bread
  • 1/4 of cream
  • 6 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 tin medium of bell pepper
  • 2 cans of tuna in water or oil
  • 1 can of vegetables for salad
  • mayonnaise to taste

Little Chef Duties: Measure all of the ingredients

Big Chef Duties: Mix all the ingredients in a blender

Little Chef Duties: Cut the edges of the bread and mix the ingredients for the salad

Learn while you wait:

Science: we discussed today the difference of mixtures that are homogeneous and heterogeneous, and asked the kids whether they know which mixture our food mixture became.

Heterogeneous and homogeneous refer to mixtures of materials in chemistry. The difference between heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures is the degree at which the materials are mixed together and the uniformity of their composition.

A homogeneous mixture is a mixture where the components that make up the mixture are uniformly distributed throughout the mixture. The composition of the mixture is the same throughout. There is only one phase of matter observed in a homogeneous mixture.

You can’t pick out components of a homogeneous mixture or use a simple mechanical means to separate them

(Our tuna and cream mixture)

A heterogeneous mixture is a mixture where the components of the mixture are not uniform or have localized regions with different properties. Different samples from the mixture are not identical to each other.

Math: Can you cut your sandwiches in different shapes, (rectangles, triangles), circles?

Also if this recipe asks for 6, and we need to make food for 12, how much more of each material do we need?

Presentation:

Enjoy a sandwich with your favorite cup of soup or beans

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe: disfrute de su comida

Did you know?

One of the biggest issues affecting kids in Mexico is the increase in child abduction.

Conversation Igniters:

Do you know what abduction means?  What are some ways you can help help find missing children?

Take Action:

Read about some ways you can help with the problem of child abduction, and come to class next week prepared to talk about what you can personally do:

http://www.missingkids.com/HowYouCanHelp

Here some photos of the fun day we had at the Castro Elementary School!

 

 

ShopNChef is convenient and easier than you think!

Why is ShopNChef so convenient?

We are so fortunate to live in a modern world. Advancements in all fields of work help us understand more, live longer and make it easier to provide for the ones we love.

The fusion of modern advancement with constant natural progression has resulted in wise solutions to everyday problems.

Is it difficult to make it to the store to shop? Do you need some advice on cooking techniques?

I recently came across “SHOPnCHEF” and believe me it is one of those wise solutions. It enables users to order raw meal ingredients with recipes based on their cuisine, diet, or religious preferences, packaged in exact recipe quantities for same day delivery, from local sources, to cook at home.

They strongly believe in the integrity of community and each individual’s family. The act of sharing food with people is unifying in nature and transformative to all areas of life. The community and raw ingredient meals appeal to a broad range of individuals, from home cooks and food lovers to professional chefs.

The platform is simple to interact with in a number of ways. Order meals listed on the website, become part of the sellers network or read and share articles on the blog: “Table Talk”, in a few clicks.

SHOPnCHEF eliminates the need for grocery shopping and meal planning. At the same time, it provides more variety and access to ethnic cuisine. There is less waste associated with the platforms portioned meals, as the ingredients are ready to cook. Ingredients are cut and portioned when you receive them, making cooking more enjoyable and less stressful. Convenient delivery service means coming home to everything you need for a relaxing night-in.

Check them out, they deliver all over the bay area, from San Jose to San Francisco.

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The people we are most grateful for this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving marks the perfect time to reflect and remember all of those kind individuals who have contributed to the progress of Chef Koochooloo.

As I read the Article, “The Five Thank You Notes Every Entrepreneur Should Write“ by Amy Morin, I followed her advice and would like to take a moment to thank all of the incredible people who have been supporting us in this adventure:

1. Thank someone who believed in you: Since I can remember, I had all types of ideas on doing things in novel ways–what I have always lacked, has been self confidence. My husband is a kind and supportive partner who truly believes in me. Last year we were lucky enough to host an entrepreneur from France, Stephan Bousseley in our house. While observing me in consulting to various startups and friends, he encouraged me to focus on my idea and launch my own startup. After discussing the idea of Chef Koochooloo, he reassured me that I had what it takes to make it happen and together with my husband, pushed me to move forward. They believed in me more than I believed in myself, and this was instrumental in helping me launch. So MERCI BEAUCOUP guys for believing in me!

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2. Thank someone who inspired you. My five-year-old daughter, Delarai, was the main inspiration behind Chef Koochooloo. Without her wisdom, support and curiosity this project would have never come to life. Cindy Ramirez, who offered to focus on my idea for her Master’s Final Project, inspired me to take our ideas to the next level, and I could have never come this far without her. I also want to take a moment to thank Maria Sipka. There are not that many 30 -something year old Moms who are successful entrepreneurs in this Valley. So when I first met Maria at Mom 2.0 Summit and she told me she has a 2 year old, and pregnant with the next kid, and in the midst of launching her own company, I was definitely inspired!  Maria went on to be supportive in many other ways, she travelled for one hour to attend and share her entrepreneurship journey during one of my meetups, one week before her due date! I thought I was a hard working Mom, until I met Maria.

 

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3. Thank someone who rejected you. I suppose I should thank my former employer, SAP for ending the projects I was hired to support! Working at SAP enabled me to learn more about launching Mobile Applications, and introduced me to so many amazing people who have been truly helpful in our progress. I also met my wonderful and amazingly talented cofounder, Milos Macura while working at the Apphaus. Without people like Karuna Mukherjea who offered me a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in her kitchen table while she literally drew the very first product spec on a napkin, Gita Kapur who volunteered her two amazing sons to build our original website, Adam Stein, Elliot Tarlin, Faheem Ahmed, Siva Sabarenam, Alex Hofman, Helena Jerney, for their feedback on our User Experience, and Amir Hossein Arabkheradmand who volunteered so many weekends towards our user research, and Rajiv Nima for acting in our video! Your support has meant the world. THANK YOU.

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4. Thank someone who taught you. I am grateful for all of the times my friend Parham Akhavan spent with me, teaching me about entrepreneurship, valuable points that are not written in any books or blogs, insights learned only after launching your third startup J. I am also grateful for my former manager, Kijoon Lee who spent hours helping us shape our business plan, and my mentors, Brian Reaves, Carmen O’Shea, and Amit Sinha, who showcased exemplary leadership skills, and fueled my passion to thrive.

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5. Thank someone who supported you.  When I suggested my idea to Birgit Coleman during a play date, her first reaction was, “How Can I help?” and before I knew it, she had connected me to potential partners, invited me to the right events, and recruited her husband to represent me as an attorney. She truly took the word ‘support’ to a whole new level.

Whether Chef Koochooloo will make it or not, I know this much, we could not have come this far without all of the support our community and friends have provided.  I can no longer count the number of times Delaram Mirfakhraei, Azar and Bahman Hashemi babysat for us so we could attended strategic conferences. Nick Ivanitsky spent weeks providing direction to our creative team. Noushin Ivanitsky liked every single post on Facebook, Elina Karastathi, Baharan Behi, and Tulsi Gandhi provided their ongoing analytical insights. Claudia Almaral, Claudia Auxier, and Rosa Lara Fernandez shared their educational wisdom. Paj Studios, Cynthia Ferreyra and Noel Ian Tamayo donated beautiful artwork.

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We are grateful for our upcoming classroom training sessions launch in the first week of December, and look forward to working with Julius Dobos, Anthony Dias, Andrew Long and Vilka Tzouras  for the next exciting chapters.

We like to invite all of our valuable community members to our community appreciation day on December 7th:

 

 

Seeking professional Moms returning to flexible workforce

Unprecedented in scope and depth, Chef Koochooloo is an innovative educational platform that engages families in fun interactive cooking games while teaching math, science and geography, and raising awareness for worldwide causes. Harvesting the delicious and discarding the mundane, Chef Koochooloo ignites a sense of fun and curiosity in children. Our customized recipes deliver a fresh take on cooking meals at home and schools, while highlighting the unifying aspects of culture, and celebrating different countries.

We are looking for help in the following areas:

  • Information System Management: Manage the database and recipe editor.
  • Content Management:  Draft, build, and edit stories, recipes, and blog.
  • Marketing: Celebrity and blogger outreach, community & social media.
  • Communication & Public Relations: Maintain and establish new relationships with TV, Radio and News-sites.
  • Accounting & Finance: Business plan, financial modeling, expenses, etc.

Qualifications: 

▪    Self-starting multi tasker with ability to work efficiently in a diverse environment

▪    Ability to write/edit interesting, pithy copy on a variety of culinary trends

▪    Excellent planning/time management, interpersonal, and organizational skills

 Why Join our Team? 

Working at Chef Koochooloo is not for everyone – We seek only the best and brightest who give 110%.  We look for top talent who thrive in a culture that’s virtual, creative, and agile.  Every day we mix fun with high productivity, enthusiasm, and innovation.  This is a place where team members “own “their work product and strive to be the “best in breed”.  We are dedicated to honing our talents, creating great products and user experiences and producing amazing content, while changing the world for the better.  If you believe in our mission, we would love to have you onboard.

Birthday Bash in Chef Koochooloo style!

Chef Koochooloo transforms your birthday party!

We are happy to introduce a new product in the Chef Koochooloo family! Birthday parties with a twist! That’s right with Chef Koochooloo hosting a session in your kid birthday party you can turn the birthday experience and add an incredible gift for every guest!

To try this concept our CEO, Layla Sabourian transformed Delarai’s fifth anniversary in a Chef Koochooloo thematic party. Kids enjoyed while cooking a delicious recipe from Greece and all guests had a chance to try this!

Check out the photos from the event below and don’t hesitate to contact us to know more about the Chef Koochooloo Birthday Bash!

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Chef Koochooloo is coming to Yeganeh Bakery!

We are back with yet another interesting Indian recipe for the young chefs out there. Today we will  be at Yeganeh Bakery in Santa Clara, between 4-5:30PM, teaching young kids how to make “Sabzi Sandwich Mishran” (mix vegetable sandwich). These sandwiches make for a healthy snack as they contain a stuffing of nutritious vegetables. They are the perfect blend of health and taste and are also fun and easy to make.

Don’t worry if you cannot make it in person, we have posted the recipe for you below so you can try at home!
So go ahead, give it a try!

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Country we are exploring: India     Continent: Asia
Official Languages:  Hindi & EnglishIndia has hundreds of spoken languages in different parts of the country.  There are 22 official languages, and over 2000 dialects. English and Hindi are widely spoken by the majority of Indians.

Did you know? When Indian people greet each other they place their hands together and say “Namaste”.  This means, “I bow my head to you.”   Older people are treated with great respect in India.  When greeting an elder, some Indians may touch their feet as a sign of respect.

English Recipe Name: Mix Vegetable Sandwich         Name of dish in Hindi: Sabzi Sandwich Mishran
Serving Size: 10 people
Ingredients:
  • 2 Beetroots
  • 3 potatoes
  • One cup peas, boiled and mashed
  • One cup beans, finely chopped
  • 2 small or medium sized onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size carrots, finely chopped
  • Salt, pepper, red chilli powder, cumin powder and black salt as desired
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves chopped
  • 20 sandwich bread slices (Since we are teaching this recipe at Yeganeh Bakery, of course we are going to substitute their world famous Sangak bread)

Optional Ingredients:

½ tea spoon garam masala

Sweet and healthy! Beers provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support

Sweet and healthy! Beers provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support

Ingredient spotlight: Beetroot
Next time you are craving something sweet, enjoy this delicious root. Beets are highly nutritious, and extremely good for your heart. They have no trans-fats and no saturated fats, and they help prevent cancer!

Big Chef Duties:

  • Boil beetroot, potatoes and peas
  • Chop onions, beans and carrots
  • In a pan add little oil and saute onions, beans and carrots until they are cooked
  • After little chefs are done with their duties, grill the sandwiches

Little Chef Duties:

  • Peel and mash the potatoes in a big bowl
  • Mash the beetroot and peas in the bowl
  • Add the sauted onions, beans and carrots to the bowl
  • Chop coriander in small pieces and add them to the bowl
  • Mash all the veggies together
  • Mix salt, red chilli powder, pepper, cumin powder and black salt
  • Place small quantity of mashed vegetables between 2 bread slices

Learn while you wait activity:

Print a map of India, and have your kids color it.

Presentation

Eat the sandwich with tomato ketchup or any other sauce you like.

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Bon Appetit in Hindi:    Delicious:- Svādiṣṭa!

Teach your kids about Worldwide Causes: Did you know? Around 46 percent of all children under the age of three are too small for their age, 47 percent are underweight. Many of these children are severely malnourished, due to lack of food available to them.
Conversation Starters: How would you feel if you did not get your meals on time?What do you think will happen to kids who don’t eat properly?

YMCA discovers Quince Tarte with Chef Koochooloo

All right, we admit it– we have an obsession for all things Argentine.

Last Thursday, Chef Koochooloo was invited to bring the magic of Argentina to 30 delightful children at the Castro after school YMCA program.

The owner of Baharestan school, (http://www.baharestankids.com) was kind enough to let me pick fresh quinces from her back-yard.  I prepared the paste prior to our lesson, but took a few fresh ones to show the YMCA students and staff, who were surprised to discover this delightful fruit.

What made this lesson truly special was that we had Miss Claudia Auxilir, a Buenos Aires native, join us and conduct the lesson in both Spanish and English. Furthermore, the kids had a chance to sell their beautiful creations at the Castro silent auction the next day, we made over $200 for the school PTA!

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Enjoy making this delicious and healthy dessert Quince Tarte with your little special chefs:

Country We Are Exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Official Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Quince Paste Tarte

Spanish Name:  Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo

Fun Fact:

Did you know that the oldest known dinosaur species has been traced back to Argentina and Brazil? Some species go as far back as 230 million years ago, and well-preserved displays of their remains are in the Argentine National Historical Museum in Buenos Aires.

Quince is our delicious ingredient spotlight for the recipe!

Quince is our delicious ingredient spotlight for the recipe!

Ingredient spotlight: Dulce de Membrillo

Quince Paste originates from Quince (Membrillo), a low calorie fruit that contains several vital antioxidants that keep the body young and healthy. The fruit is also full of minerals.

Like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 butter bars
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 cups of quince paste (dulce de membrillo)
  • ½ cup of pineapple preserves (this is an optional ingredient)
  • ½ cup of raspberry jam (optional too)

Little Chef Duties:

  • Mix the ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and sugar) in a bowl using a whisk (Make sure mix is not too wet or too crumbly, you can add an extra spoon of flour or milk to get it right)
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and mix into ingredients until well blended
  • Add milk, egg and egg yolk to the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar mix
  • Wrap dough in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes
  • Butter a 9 inch pie dish
  • Roll about ¾ of the dough on a floured surface and make it a circle big enough to cover all of the pie dish
  • Spread the filling prepared by Big Chef into the covered pie dish
  • Make a lattice pattern on top of the tart

Big Chef Duties:

  • Add dulce de membrillo, pineapple and raspberry jam to a small pot with 1 or 2 spoons of water, stir frequently at low heat
  • Remove pot from heat and let it cool
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Help the little chefs add the filling into the pie dish
  • Roll the remaining dough into a circle and cut thin strips of dough
  • Make a lattice pattern over the top of the tart
  • Cook in the oven until golden brown (about 30 minutes)

Learn while you wait: When a pie or cake bakes, the whole protein network in the mix hardens due to the heat in the oven. The color of the dough changes as the protein hardens and that is what gives pie dough or cake dough a darker color.

More about Argentina! Did you know that in Argentina, teachers have the right to spank children who don’t listen to them in class?

Discussion ideas to ask your Little Chef: When kids don’t listen to your teacher at your school, what is the consequence?

PRESENTATION

  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm!

As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!

 Quince-Tarte

Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

We are very happy to announce yet another milestone for Chef Koochooloo, and our little Delarai.

The Marinero Castro School will be holding their famous annual fundraiser Walkathon on Friday, October 1oth. This will be Delarai’s first ever Walkathon, (she is very excited and is planning to do at least 5 laps). Chef Koochooloo has been invited to host a table offering healthy vegetarian food options for all participants.  We have selected a few Argentinian specialities that we’ll teach and cook with the kids at the YMCA after school program at Castro. What better way to involve the kids in fundraising efforts for their own school?

Of course, we’ll follow the usual Chef Koochooloo lesson plan, teaching kids all about Argentina fun facts, and social issues, while enforcing healthy food choices.

A very special thanks to Mr. Ebin and the team from the “Rose International Gourmet Market”, who donated a few ingredients to the school for the recipe below. The list (fully explored in the INGREDIENTS section) includes rice, fresh carrots, nutritious  celery!

Rose International Gourmet Market

Rose International Gourmet Market

A special thanks to Venus Kalami and Rachel Zarrow from Clearly Kombucha for donating a few cases of the amazing  healthy ice teas for the Walkathon.  We will be selling those at the Chef Koochooloo table on Friday from 2-6pm, or find out more about the health benefits of Kambucha on their Facebook Page.

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Clearly Kombucha is ready to refresh with its delicious beverages!

We will be offering healthy, exotic and delicious options at the Walkathon. If you are local, stop by and visit us at the booth, while supporting the Mariano Castro Elementary School!

And for those of you who are not local, here a sneak peak and one of the recipes we’ll be featuring. Enjoy!

Country we are exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Language(s) spoken: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

Spanish Name:   Ensalada Argentina de Arroz con Vegetales

Fun Fact about Argentina:

The first animated cartoon was created by an Argentine cartoonist named Quirino Cristiani. These movies were released to the public many years ago, in 1917 and 1918.

Did you know?

Argentina suffers from inflation. Inflation means that the cost of goods and services goes up very quickly. For instance, if a piece of candy costs $1.00 today, with inflation it could possibly cost $1.50 the next week.

Discussion ideas: How can inflation affect what ingredients families buy for dinner?

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Ingredient spotlight: Peas

Peas have a variety of excellent health benefits for example they have anti-aging, properties and they also benefit the immune system making it stronger, finally they help the body maintain a high level of energy.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 carrot (cut into cubes)
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup of corn kernel
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 small red onion (sliced in small pieces)

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop celery very finely, leave some pieces for garnishing
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add rice to water saucepan and cook for about 17 minutes
  • Add carrot to second saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes
  • Transfer cooked carrots to a bowl
  • Add peas to boiling water (where the carrots cooked) and cook for a minute
  • Transfer cooked peas to carrot bowl with vinegar
  • Add the rice to the bowl

Little Chef Duties:

  • Cut carrots into cubes
  • Cut onion in small pieces
  • Open can of peas
  • Fill a saucepan with salted water
  • Add 2 tablespooons of olive oil, vinegar and oregano to bowl with cooked carrots
  • Add the celery and the onion to the bowl
  • Season with salt and pepper

Cook Rice

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact)

Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it is essential for sustaining life on Earth.

PRESENTATION

  • Place salad in a preferred bowl and ad some garnish celery to it

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As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!

 

Argentinian-Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

 

Course Type: Appetizer

Country we are exploring: Argentina

Continent: South America

Official Languages: Spanish

 

Fun Fact your little ones will adore:
The oldest known dinosaur species have been traced back to Argentina and Brazil, some go as far back as 230million years ago, and well-preserved displays of their remains can be found in the Argentine National Historical Museum in Buenos Aires.

Did you know? (Bring to light a social issue that is affecting kids in Argentina)
Did you know that in Argentina, Children who don’t obey their teachers can be spanked?

Conversation Igniters:
When kids don’t listen to the teacher at your school, what is the consequence?

Learn More: http://www.humanium.org/en/argentina/

Now that we have learned a little bit more about Argentina, let’s cook.

English Recipe Name: Argentinian-Style Grilled Eggplant Recipe
Name of dish in Spanish: Berenjena Asada
Serving Size: 4

Ingredient spotlight: Garlic
Garlic has been used widely as a flavoring in cooking and used as medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Records indicate that garlic was in use when the Giza pyramids were built, about five thousand years ago in Egypt. The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic to improve their performance in the Games.
Eating garlic boosts your immune system, which means that it helps you fight the cold-weather colds and flu. Another reason to eat garlic is that it helps your heart work well.
Every year, a big garlic festival is organized in Gilroy, California where visitors have the chance to taste delicious garlicky meals. The best garlicky treat is of course the Garlic ice-cream!

INGREDIENTS
• 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 “- 1-inch cubes
• 3 Small Italian Eggplants (4-6 ounces each)
• 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
• 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
• 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
• 1 teaspoon Sweet or Hot Paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)
• to taste Salt
• to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Big Chef Duties:
• Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  (In my case, I substituted a Panini Maker instead of a grill, and the eggplants came out beautifully)

• Cut eggplants in half length-wise, leaving stem ends intact.

• Lightly brush cut sides of eggplants with garlic-oil mixture and grill, cut side down, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

• Lightly brush skin sides with oil mixture.

• Invert eggplants and brush tops with remaining oil.
• Continue cooking eggplants, cute side up until very tender, 6-8 minutes, or as needed.
• Set a large pot of salted water (approx. 5 liters) to boil.

Little Chef Duties:
• Mix garlic and olive oil in a small bowl.
• Combine oregano, basil, thyme, paprika and pepper flakes in separate bowl and stir to mix.
• Sprinkle tops with dried herb mixture and salt and pepper to taste.
• Add onions to the pan and fry them until golden brown.

Learn while you wait:

Do you know that there are “primary colors” and secondary colors?
With the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) we can make more colors, and those are called secondary colors!!!! Try it when you mix the red ketchup and the yellow mayonnaise, you’ll end up with an orange salsa, which the Argentinians refer to as “Salsa Golf”, just like the game Golf!

Presentation:
Garnish with basil and serve.

As they say in Argentina:
Buen Provecho!