¡Club de Cocina! (aka Cooking Club) (Posted 2-28-2012)

Last summer I started thinking about how there really wasn’t anything in our church for the younger ladies.  There is a weekly sewing club, but it is not highly attended by the younger women in our church.  (However, I do think almost all of them sew.)  I like cooking and have done a TON of it since arriving in Spain, so I thought a cooking club would be fun.  My friend, Maria, agreed with me, and we set out to plan it together.

So, here are the details:  We meet at my house monthly on a Wednesday afternoon for about an hour and a half.  We announce a theme beforehand.  Everyone who wants to participate can bring a recipe and a sample of that recipe.  Together we share our recipes, sample the food, and give the details of how you make it.

In December the theme was “Christmas appetizers.”  January was “Desserts,” and February was “Rice.”  The first two months were experimental, but I felt like February really went well.  There were six of us total and five recipes/plates to share.  The plan for March is that I will teach how to make chocolate chip cookies.  🙂

I would love for this to turn into a Bible study one day, but for now, it’s a great start to be together regularly and get to know each other more.

Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk): This is easy to make with a popular cooking machine that many women in our church have, but if you make it the old-fashioned way, you have to stir for 45 minutes.  I’d say that’s an act of love.  This type of dessert is very popular in Spain.  I confess that it’s generally not my favorite, but this dish was one of the best I’ve tasted (and prettiest, too!).

Here’s a copy of the recipe in English if you’d like to try it:

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