“Cooking with CAP “: celebrating fresh, community and regional food. What’s your Hero Ingredient?

Ashford Central School : Dylan impresses the Chefs !

26. July 2012 08:07

Our day may have been a little more overcast but boy, did we see lots of sunshine at CAP Chef today ! Ashford Central School, Tingha Public and Gum Flat were amazing ,we had no shortage of volunteers or enthusiasm. Cass was in awe of the committment of Dylan and other senior hospitality students who helped prepare lunch today. 

The teacher co-ordinators, Leza Luckett and Michael Simpson did a great job of providing us with a top venue. We were especially grateful because Leza had experienced a personal tragedy with a house fire two days ago but with the strength small towns are known for, the school community had rallied for a wonderful day.

I loved meeting so many smiling students today. Below are a few highlights from the day.

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Jennifer Jones Tingha Public School Year 5/6
Jennifer Jones Tingha Public School Year 5/6 Australia 7/26/2012 11:34:00 PM #

Tingha school students had a great time at Ashford. Thank you for inviting us and teaching us so many things.
We loved the purple carrots and the jam roll. We are going to enjoy making our recipe and look forward to the rest of the program.

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carla
carla United States 7/27/2012 9:53:56 PM #

Thanks for your comment Ms Jones ! The team admired the enthusiasm and helpfulness of Tingha students and staff. Ms Withers and I are so lucky to work with you all and it was wonderful that Glenn, Cass and Michael got to meet the awesome school community that is Tingha too. We can't wait to see what you produce for your Hero Ingredient and I know that Cass is excited about the possibility of learning some local secrets about natural skin care too. Look forward to you telling us more as the project goes on. Thanks for being a part of such a great week Smile

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 5:47:38 AM #

Jennifer that jam roll is a really easy recipe, other great variations are to add dried fruit and make rock cakes, or the addition of sauteed onion, cheese and diced tomato for a pull apart to go with soup

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jarred  - 5/6 ashford
jarred - 5/6 ashford Australia 7/30/2012 4:54:44 AM #

Hi Cass,

We enjoyed everyone coming to Ashford and we loved having you and Glenn cooking for us and we enjoyed watching you both cook. We loved our lunch that you cooked. I thought Glenn was a nice guy and could cook really well.  My favourite dish was the cheese fondue and the jam rolypoly was good.

Jarred

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 5:55:10 AM #

Thanks Jarad i have gone back to one of my clients, Fonterra to see if they have any interest in making the fondu a commercial product. Some other variations on that recipe are, you can ad mustard maybe a small amount of Dijon and bacon crisps or even a tin of tuna and a small bunch of finely chopped parsley. if you make it a day in advance it works fantastically as a base for pizza instead of tomato sauce

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 7/30/2012 7:13:10 AM #

Thanks Jarred, you rock

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Jye  - 5\6 Ashford
Jye - 5\6 Ashford Australia 7/30/2012 4:59:37 AM #

Thanks for coming to our school. It was a wonderful day and the food was great. I really liked the jam rolls and the cheese fondue was really nice. I hope Australia does well in the world chef championship in Singapore. I also would like to make a garden and grow my own veggies.Smile

Jye

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 5:57:20 AM #

Jye growing your own vegetables is a really smart idea, not only is it very cost effective but the personal satisfaction of growing your own lettuce and tomatoes for summer salads is great

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Matthew  5/6 Ashford
Matthew 5/6 Ashford Australia 7/30/2012 5:00:27 AM #

Hey I would like to say Thanks to Glenn and Cass for coming to Ashford Central school and teaching us on how to properly cook food and for the lunch that was pretty yummy and I hope Glenn and Cass have fun venturing overseas. And thankyou to Michael Brown for building us the wonderful garden.. Matthew :p

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 7/30/2012 7:12:13 AM #

Thanks Guys, cant wait to see your gardens full and growing next time cheers cass x

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lachlan  5/6 ashford
lachlan 5/6 ashford Australia 7/30/2012 5:01:07 AM #

I would to say thanks for coming to Ashford Central School and cooking as some food. My favourite was the jam thing and the lunch. Cass is a good cook but glen was better and we all want you to come back to Ashford central school. And thanks for the garden.lachlan Smile

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 5:59:42 AM #

Lachlan thanks for the note we would love to come back to your school and continue the cooking program, i am now back home and thanks to Cass back to a healthy eating schedule as i do need to loose that tummy of mine. please keep cooking and keep in touch, you have a wonderful school and are now good friends

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 7/30/2012 7:11:02 AM #

Hmm Lachlan, looks like we have another cook off on our hands

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Rachael & Tegan _5/6 Ashford
Rachael & Tegan _5/6 Ashford Australia 7/30/2012 5:02:29 AM #

      Hi Cass
thank you for coming to Ashford and showing us how to cook. The Ashford girls really enjoyed spending time with you and learning about natural skin products. it was very impressive what a little lemon and salt can do, we learned a lot, and the food was GREAT!!!!!  We also enjoyed learning how to make a garden so thank you again the day was really enjoyable.
Rachael and Tegan.

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 7/30/2012 7:09:09 AM #

Thanks Girls, we had a ball too, hope we get to catch up again and i cant wait to see your hero ingredient. We loved our trip and seeing how lovely some of our up coming country Australians are xx cass

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jordan  5/6 ashford
jordan 5/6 ashford Australia 7/30/2012 5:03:47 AM #

I had a great time learning about your life and learning to cook the jam roll and the cheese fondue.it was fun to watch Mr Brown make his garden. The day was great and I had fun I hope that I could use these tips in the future.

jordan

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 6:02:00 AM #

Jordan working with food is one of lifes greatest pleasures, this week i am working on a game farm and will be cooking quail and ducks. i wil write a post about that next week

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Rhiannon -5/6 Ashford
Rhiannon -5/6 Ashford Australia 7/30/2012 5:07:35 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass, It was so nice to have you at Ashford Central School, and having you cook at our School, and thanks to Mr Brown for showing us how to build a quick and easy garden bed, and it was my first time seeing and tasting the purple carrots and thanks to Cass for showing us girls some beauty therapy.

Rhiannon  (:

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 7/30/2012 7:10:10 AM #

Pleasure Treasure xx

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Dale and Aaron
Dale and Aaron Australia 7/30/2012 5:07:44 AM #

Thanks for coming and showing as how to make the jam roly-poly and the cheese fondue we enjoyed learning about Glenn’s past .the food was great and we liked learning how to make the garden and we enjoyed the free lunch all together we had a good day.    
From dale and Aaron

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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 6:03:54 AM #

Guys if you can do one thing for me, learn from my past mistakes and do not repeat them, look at the fantastic life a career in cooking can give you. Keep in touch and let me know what you are making in the kitchen

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Freddy
Freddy Australia 7/30/2012 5:08:43 AM #

Thanks for coming. We all had good fun. Thank you for cooking everyone lunch Glen and Cass. Mr Brown thanks for helping us with our garden you was fun. I loved the rollie Polly and the jam slice. I had great fun through the day thanks for coming.


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Glenn Austin
Glenn Austin Australia 7/30/2012 6:05:46 AM #

An absolute pleasure Freddy, try making the jam rolly polly at home for your family and let me know how you go

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Emika  - 5/6
Emika - 5/6 Australia 7/30/2012 5:08:58 AM #

Thank you so much for coming to Ashford Central School to show us how to make healthy things. I really enjoyed Cass’s Purple carrot flowers and Natural Beauty Solutions instead of using make-up chemicals and I didn’t know that lemon and salt could make you feel better if you feel sick and it was amazing how lemon and salt could make your skin nice and soft also I enjoyed the olive-oil and brown sugar cause it made your cheeks really smooth and also I really enjoyed Glen’s spaghetti pasta I had a really good day!!! Thank you so much.
Emika

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kelsie & shyanna
kelsie & shyanna Australia 7/31/2012 1:52:59 AM #

Cap cooks
Thank you for building a garden in our school and showing us all the recipes and tell Glen best pasta I ever had tasted better than my nans don’t tell her though or I will never get any. Thank Cass for helping our skin and showing us that we should care for our health made a big difference. I loved the purple carrots tasted yum I would give it 10 out of 10, I love everything we did and Michael was a great gardener I loved everything we did I am shore Tigha andG um Flat loved it as well thank you.

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Malachi  - 5/6 Ashford
Malachi - 5/6 Ashford Australia 7/31/2012 1:54:36 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass i had fun through the day and i liked the rolly polly and the jam slice and thanks Mr Brown for making our new garden bed (:

Malachi (:

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glenn
glenn Australia 8/1/2012 8:33:45 PM #

Hi Malachi remember when doing your herbs and vegetables like rhubarb that the metal filings in the soil help with the much needed minerals transferred into our bodies. This was a very important point discussed between Michael and i during the garden construction

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laura
laura Australia 7/31/2012 1:55:00 AM #

To Cass and Glen
How are you? Thank you for coming to Ashford central school. Thank you for cooking lunch. You are a great cook. Thank you Michael for making a new garden. The purple and orange flowers were really pretty.    
laura

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shyanna-5/6
shyanna-5/6 Australia 7/31/2012 2:02:35 AM #

Thank you so much Cass and glen for coming to Ashford central school I really enjoyed you coming and I have to say them carrot flowers were quiet in presive and thanks glen for showing us how to make a pasta Boul naise. And a big thank you to Michael for show us and building the garden.  

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glenn
glenn Afghanistan 8/1/2012 8:27:45 PM #

Hi Shyanna i forgot to mention to every one, if  you ever get the time a great addition to the pasta sauce is a piece of smoked pork belly or ham hoc.
Ham Hoc make the absolute best pea soup

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glenn
glenn Australia 8/1/2012 8:29:18 PM #

on reflection shredded smoked Ham hoc, baby peas and garlic cream are also fantastic tossed through noodles

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Brylon
Brylon Australia 8/3/2012 12:35:49 AM #

Hey Glenn and Cass, this is Brylon, someone who is really into hospitality. Thank you a lot for coming to Ashford, i have learnt many things about Chefs and cooking food. I will try my best to succed in this area. My aim now is to win this cook-off, or at least do my best.

Thank you so much!

Brylon...

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Glenn
Glenn Australia 8/15/2012 5:59:02 AM #

Brylon that is an excellent attitude i hope you do well, what are you considering as your hero ingredient, what dish are you considering doing

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Chisholm Bloch
Chisholm Bloch Australia 8/9/2012 3:29:00 AM #

Glen and Cass
Gum Flat hasn't been quite on the blog because of any other reason than the teacher isn't as good as the kids with technology sometimes. We have had a sensational experience learning about the Hero ingredient " Olives" from our local olive grove "Olives of Beaulieu". Their website is very informaative as is their view of the olive industry and quality control in olive oils in the marketplace.
As for the recipes we are having a cookoff and Tracey our  Olive Industry Expert is to be the judge ( I'm jealous  as this morning we trialled a sensational olive based ice-cream made by Daniel).
Cheers CB

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Glenn
Glenn Australia 8/15/2012 6:02:15 AM #

Hi Chishlom i get the ice cream bit, i wrote a recipe for an olive oil company i have worked for Pendleton Olive oil it was quite nice. i really get Australian olive oil most of our varieties are clean and crisp and make an excellent finishing sauce to salads and even something as simple as an over ripe tomato, drizzled with olive oil, Australian sea salt cracked pepper and torn basil. dam beautiful

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Matthew Thompson 5/6 Ashford
Matthew Thompson 5/6 Ashford Australia 8/9/2012 4:59:09 AM #

Hey Glen & Cass, we are planning on using Wagyu as our hero ingredient do you know any good ways of cooking it

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kelsie ashford central school 5/6
kelsie ashford central school 5/6 Australia 8/9/2012 4:59:19 AM #

To glen and cas we are use wagyu and wattle seed please can you tell me what is a good way to cook wagyu because i really need some help please can you help me please help thank you

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jarred.white ashford centrel school
jarred.white ashford centrel school Australia 8/9/2012 5:00:50 AM #

hi glenn and cass thanks for replying to my email and thanks for the recipe i know it is going to be great how do you think about my hero ingredient being wagyu i dont know if it will turn out hope to here from you again shortly be good glenn

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lachlan corrigan 5/6 ashford
lachlan corrigan 5/6 ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:01:06 AM #

hi glen what is your favorite meal with lilli pilli in it :p

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Rachael irwin-Tegan.brown_5/6 Ashford
Rachael irwin-Tegan.brown_5/6 Ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:01:15 AM #

Hi glenn we have decided to use wagyu beef as our hero ingreadient we were  just wondering if you might be able to give us some  tips on how we might cook it.

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elena.malinen-5/6 ashford
elena.malinen-5/6 ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:01:37 AM #

hi glen what is good whay to cook wagyu and whatle seed lilly pilly how do you like them cooked
by elena

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Haley Gleeson 5/6 Ashford
Haley Gleeson 5/6 Ashford United States 8/9/2012 5:01:51 AM #

Hi gleen and cass i would like to ask if you could give me some tips on a good on how to make a good dish with wagyu in it.

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/17/2012 2:48:00 AM #

Its very rich meat so serve small amounts with other ingredients that arent rich or heavy seal well before cooking to medium at least not under and something with some acid to cut through the fat but not overpower  the lovely flavour

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jordan.graham ashford central school
jordan.graham ashford central school Australia 8/9/2012 5:02:01 AM #

how do you cook lily pilys real good

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/17/2012 2:46:04 AM #

Why dont you ccok them in a sugar syrup and serve it with a dessert instead of a fruit coulis

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Malachi Hippi - 5/6 Ashford
Malachi Hippi - 5/6 Ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:02:35 AM #

To cass and glen  what is a good way how to cook wagyu and what ingrediants will you have to use.

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/17/2012 2:44:55 AM #

Why dont you seal it, cooki it in a slow cooker and put it with some local olives and redwine. Serve with a soft polenta

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Emika Denzel 5/6 Ashford
Emika Denzel 5/6 Ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:03:36 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass i would like to ask if you could give me some tips how to make a nice dish with wagyu that is easy.

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/17/2012 2:43:13 AM #

Use a secondary cut and cook it long and slow

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jye.lavender-5/6 ashford
jye.lavender-5/6 ashford Australia 8/9/2012 5:03:41 AM #

Hi Glen and Cass
What food can you use wattle seed in?

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/12/2012 11:15:06 AM #

Mostly desserts but you could also use it as a spice on cooked meats, just have a little experiment with it. read the other posts below to get some more ideas but try and do something different. Maybe you could add it to a crumble mix as a topping on a dessert or a savoury dish ?? get creative

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Freddy Gillon
Freddy Gillon Australia 8/9/2012 5:04:32 AM #

hi glen and cass how do you cook wagyu and the wattel seed

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/12/2012 11:11:59 AM #

Hey Freddie, wagyu is very rich so cook it in smaller portions and dont undercook it, wattle seeds taste like coffee so think of things that go with coffee i.e milk so maybe an icecream , hazelnuts, you could do nutella crepes with wattle seed icecream get some and have a play with it, taste it with different things

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codey mcclellan
codey mcclellan Australia 8/9/2012 5:05:03 AM #

glen and kas how do you cook wagyu and lilly pilly

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/12/2012 11:04:37 AM #

wattle seeds tastes a bit like coffee, they go well in an anglaise, custard, brulee things like that. A pannacotta, add it to vanilla yoghurt and use the recipe on my blog or do something with chocolate and wattle seed good luck

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/12/2012 11:07:38 AM #

Hey Codie
Lilli Pillies are pretty Tart so id make a chutney with that and wagyu is really yummy, but rich and strong and fatty so they would go well together, how about a wagyu pie with lilli pilli chutney??

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matthew.minos
matthew.minos Australia 8/9/2012 5:06:18 AM #

hi glen and cass what is a good way to cook wattle seeds?
from matthew

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Sophie Ditchfield Gum Flat School
Sophie Ditchfield Gum Flat School Australia 8/10/2012 12:20:45 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass,
We have been having so much fun with this CAP project and we are looking forward to our big taste test next week. Our hero ingredient is olives and I didn't realise how many things contain olives or olive oil. A boy from our school even made an ice-cream that contains olive oil, how cool is that! I think CAP chef is great and I hope you do more projects that use food!
Cheers Sophie. [/i]

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cassandra austin
cassandra austin Australia 8/12/2012 11:02:14 AM #

Thats great sophie, pretty impressed with the olive iecream idea. Wonder what hes going to serve it with, I cant wait to see any videos you guys make xx

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Gosha Heldtz
Gosha Heldtz Australia 8/10/2012 12:39:28 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass,
Having so much fun doing cap cooks we've found our hero ingredient and its the amazing olive! We went to a small local industry that sells olives,olive oil,spices and other home industry products like soaps and jams. I hope everybody likes my recipe next wednesday.

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Gosha Heldtz
Gosha Heldtz 8/10/2012 1:15:51 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass,
We are learning about olives and this boy in our class made coffee and olive oil ice-cream yuck! However the teachers thought it was yummy. We went to Olives Of Beaulieu where they make olive oil and sell olives. It was very interesting.

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Kristina Marks Gum Flat PS 5/6
Kristina Marks Gum Flat PS 5/6 Australia 8/12/2012 8:02:43 AM #

Hi Glenn and Cass
I had a great time at Ashford. I liked putting the olive oil and brown sugar on my face. Last week 5/6 went to Olives Of Beaulieu. Where we did some taste testings and had a look at their history about the olive farm. This Wednesday we are going to have a taste test day of our olive recipes.
Kristina Marks

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