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Cooking with Hani

Sous Chef 2 Go is offering their series of cooking classes again. Local chefs will teach you how to prepare foods from a variety of cuisines. First up is Hani Khouri, who will teach various Mediterranean dishes this Saturday, May 22, beginning at noon. For more information and to register, email Sous Chef 2 Go at info (at) souschef2go.com. An individual class costs $150, and a 5-class series discount is offered.

Class:

  • Features a different seasonal menu that you will learn to prepare
  • Includes a 2-serving take-home Recipe Bag and chef’s instructions
  • Showcases unique wines and include a wine tasting courtesy of Sous Chef 2 Go

Discover:

  • Taste the benefits of cooking with seasonal, local produce
  • Explore a variety of cooking styles and recipes using produce at its peak taste
  • Treat your loved ones to the very same meal you just learned to prepare
  • Enjoy a variety of sweet, tender vegetables that are in their prime

Learn:

  • Culinary skills and easy-to-master cooking techniques
  • Specially designed 2-hour classes will demonstrate a variety of recipes featuring different preparation and cooking techniques
  • Experienced instructors will demonstrate how to prepare gourmet meals
  • Take your cooking skills and general culinary knowledge up a notch

Sous Chef 2 Go
7758 SW 88 St. Miami, FL 33156
305.595.8010

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Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics and Sous Chef 2 Go announce the start of their cooking classes at Sous Chef 2 Go location in the Greenery Mall in Kendall.

The first series of three classes begins on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The objective of the classes is to: increase cooking skills, develop a healthier lifestyle, and learn to budget food better. You will also enjoy the fruits of your labor!

The fees for the series include all class ingredients and food. Wine and other beverages will be provided and are included in the cost. Series fee: $400. Book early, as each series is limited to 10 people.

Make your reservations online at Sous Chef 2 Go then click on 1st 2010 Cooking Classes, or register in person at the store. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9 am – 8 pm.

Cooking Classes

Cooking Basics (2 sessions)

Basic cooking utensils
1) Measuring cups/spoons, timer, thermometer, strainer, pastry brushes
2) Mixing bowl/mixing spoon, wire whisk, rubber scraper, spatula, tongs,
3) Rolling pin, paring knife, French knife, turner, cutting board,

Basic cooking terminology
1) Boil, beat, chop, core, cream, cut in, fold, grate, grease, knead
2) Pare, sauté, simmer, stir, toss

Tricks of the trade-substitutions
1) Allspice, baking powder, honey, milk, sugar
2) Spices, herbs

Food Safety
1) Personal hygiene
2) Adequate temperature control
3) Cross contamination
4) Proper final cooking temperature

Food Preparation (2 sessions)

Cooking organic
1) What is organic?
2) Where and how to buy
3) Meal preparation

Mediterranean culinary basics
1) Salads – tabouleh, fattoush
2) Dips – hommos, baba ghanouj
3) Grape leaves, kibbeh

Sous Chef 2 Go, “Recipe in a bag” demonstrations

Fresh falafel making

Location:

Sous Chef 2 Go
7758 SW 88 St.
Miami, FL, 33156
305.595.8010 or contact@souschef2go.com

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Hani Khouri and Martha Montes de Oca

Chef and goat cheese maker Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics has joined forces with Martha Montes de Oca, owner of Sous Chef 2 Go, to offer ready-made takeout lunches during the week. You get a choice of one of Hani’s Lebanese dishes or one of Martha’s Hispanic creations. Prices range around $7-9 for the meal.

Right now the prepared lunch is strictly takeout. Bistro tables will be set outside when the weather is cooler. Also, fresh local produce will be for sale at the store in a few weeks as the season picks up.

I dropped by a few days ago to check things out. Hani’s special of the day was lamb kofta. He was busy in the kitchen patting ground lamb between his hands and shaping it into oval kebabs, then cooking them on the grill. Lunch was two generous sized kebabs topped with chopped parsley and ripe tomato, resting on a pita. The lamb was cooked through, seasoned with minced onion, a dash of chipotle and other spices. A generous dollop of hummus topped with a puddle of olive oil was served on the side. Humble hummus, I’ve had it a million times, but Hani’s actually tastes like chickpeas!

Lamb kofta with hummus and pita

Martha’s lunches are Hispanic in flavor. Her daily special was chicken fricassee simmering in a crock pot. Its delicious aroma filled the kitchen and made my mouth water. She explained that all her ingredients are organic except for the meats. The customer has the option of organic (more expensive) or natural (less expensive). She also said, with a proud smile, that she deciphered the familiar favorite Sazón Goya, and created a similar blend with all-organic seasonings minus MSG.

To find out what the lunch of the day is, go to the Sous Chef 2 Go web site and click on the picture of the take-out bag. That will lead you to the lunch/takeout menu. Drop in for lunch, or call ahead to order a recipe that you can cook at home.

Sous Chef 2 Go
7758 SW 88 St.
Miami, FL 33156
305.595.8010
contact[at]souschef2go.com

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Cherokee Purple, Amish Paste, Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine. If you missed out on grabbing heirloom tomato plants last weekend, you have one more chance. Redland Organics will be at Ramble, Fairchild Garden’s annual festival of food and plants, on Friday Nov. 20, Saturday Nov. 21 and Sunday Nov. 22.

In addition to tomato plants, Farmer Margie will be selling smoked organic eggs (my favorite high protein snack), fresh organic eggs, herbs and various seasonal fruits. You will find it all at Slow Food Miami’s Greenmarket Tent. Don’t forget to try cas guava, the latest flavor of goat milk ice cream from Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics. And, Martha Montes de Oca, of Sous Chef 2 Go, will be cooking up Hispanic dishes with an organic twist.

In addition, there will be several cooking demos. Hani will hold a goat cheese-making workshop on Sunday at 2pm. CSA member Hunter Reno and chef Adri Garcia will give their cooking demo, “What’s in Your Lunchbox?” on Sunday at 11 am. Saturday’s demos are at 11 am with Thi Squire and 2pm with chef Dawn Fine.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under and members of the garden. Go to the web site to get a coupon for $5 off event admission.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables
305-667-1651

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Arazá! What a wonderful name! Too bad the fruit is so tart…. But Farmer Margie told me that Hani Khouri of Redland Mediterranean Organics was going to make ice cream with it. Robert Barnum confirmed he had sold some fruit. Hot on the trail, I spoke with Hani and he promised that arazá ice cream would be available at the Edible Garden Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Arazá ice cream

Arazá ice cream

So I braved sporadic rain showers on Saturday, sidled up to Hani’s tent and asked, “Got arazá?” Yes, he said, and his son Jad handed me a container from the cooler. The only ingredients are arazá, agave nectar, and fresh goat milk. The ice cream is pale yellow in color, sweet and tart at the same time, with a “yogurt-like flavor in the back as a finish,” as Hani described. From the first spoonful I was in a swoon, lost in the blend of sweet-tart-tangy flavors and the smooth, creamy texture. Almost forgot to photograph it, that’s why there’s some missing in the picture. It’s now my new favorite flavor. Sorry, mango-orchid. Sorry, papaya.

Hani started heating organic safflower oil in the big fry pan to make falafel, and I realized that a) I hadn’t had lunch and b) I hadn’t eaten his falafel in ages. Time to remedy that.

First came the flatbread, smeared with a dab of tahini sauce green with mint. Then three golden nuggets of falafel were topped with amba, fermented pickled green mango flavored with fenugreek and mustard seeds. “It’s spicy,” Hani warned, adding a small amount. (He claims that Farmers Margie and Gabriele are addicted to his amba.) I like how it added an exotic bite. Then came pickled turnips (bright pink from beets), thinly sliced cucumber and chopped tomato. Uniquely flavorful, this style of falafel is lighter than what I’ve tried elsewhere, and was told those particular toppings are quite popular in Israel.

Making falafel

Assembling falafel with pickled turnips

Redland Mediterranean Organics has teamed up with Sous Chef 2 Go and is sharing a tent at the Jackson Memorial Hospital farmers market. It happens on Thursdays in front of the Alamo building. Go look for their tent at lunchtime. The arazá ice cream is waiting to meet your taste buds. Also new on the menu is chicken roll — chicken seasoned with sumac (which gives it a cinnamon-like taste), rolled in dough and baked. And don’t forget the goat cheese!

[Note: Hani Khouri called me on Nov. 11 to tell me that he’s no longer selling at this market due to a sharp increase in vendor fees. He and Sous Chef 2 Go are partnering in a new lunch menu at the shop in Kendall. Look for my review coming soon.]

The Jackson Memorial Foundation Green Market @ Alamo Park
1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami
Inside the JMH Campus
Open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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