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Gold Stars For The Young Carers

Star Baker!, Rocking Dog

Star Baker!

Yes, definitely gold stars for the Young Carers. I had a lovely time in the kitchen with eight young budding culinary maestro’s yesterday. One trio made Chicken fajitas with a home made tomato and chilli salsa, together with wholemeal tortillas. Meanwhile another trio made some tasty Toulouse pork shortcut meatballs with roast sweet potato wedges. Finally, a very enthusiastic pair baked a peach filo pie in a very appropriate star shaped dish. Then chefs, staff and volunteers all came together to eat the feast. It was stupendous Young Carers- thank you.

The washing up fairy swished her magic wand and with goody bags in hand (containing all the ingredients for making a sugar free tomato sauce) the YC’s whisked themselves away to practice all they’d learnt.

Volunteering for over a year for Young Carers I can see just how vital the services are for these young folk and their families. The staff are so committed and the young ones benefit from knowing that they are absolutely not alone.

Gold stars to one and all!

Competition For Nando's, Rocking Dog

Competition For Nando’s

Sweet Potato Wedges, Rocking Dog

Sweet Potato Wedges

Shortcut Meatballs, Rocking Dog

Shortcut Meatballs

Obrigado Senhor McGregor!

Garden Of Plenty, Rocking Dog

Garden Of Plenty

After a day working with Young Carers it was lovely to find a wicker basket of loveliness at the Rocking Dog kennel. Again it came from Mr McGregor’s Patch. This time its contents were gathered together by the handsome Aderbal who has been lovingly helping to tend the vegetable plot this summer.

The fragrance of the sweet peas was so beautifully characteristic of an English country garden. With vintage china awaiting its journey back into the cellar after being hired for a tea party, I spied a teapot, just perfect for sweet peas!

As for the edibles, the beetroot, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and beans, I will enjoy putting them to work in the next few days. Delicious!

Also in the basket, an intriguing list of ingredients written in Portuguese. The Kilner jar it transpired contained Feijoada, Brazils national dish. Traditionally this stew is made using a mix of salted, smoked and fresh meats including every part of the pig including ears, tails and snouts. Jerak beef is also mentioned in many recipes, Aderbal will need to enlighten me! Using Google I managed to translate the ingredients for my Brazilian neighbours stew. It includes pinto beans, bacon, smoked sausage and chimichuri.

Chimichuri (I love this word!) is a Central/South American marinading sauce for meat. It can also be used as a condiment, think South American pesto! There are many variations but parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano and oil are common ingredients.

As I have an empty basket to return, it will be good to see Mr McGregor’s patch sometime soon. Vegetable gardens and allotments are a real passion of mine together with washing lines! I will need to think up something very foodily British for my Brazilian neighbour.

In the Young Carers kitchen we were cooking up Veggie Enchiladas and Shortcut Meatballs with Roast Sweet Potato Wedges. Puddings were Roasted Peaches with Raspberries, and Pineapple with Garden Mint. These young ones were definitely well on their way to getting their 5 a day!

Thank you or should I say Obrigado Aderbal so much for your veggie kindness.

Flower Vessel, Rocking Dog

Flower Vessel

Perfect!, Rocking Dog

Perfect!

So Lovely!, Rocking Dog

So Lovely!

Recognise These Sr Rodrigues?, Rocking Dog

Recognise These Sr Rodrigues?