Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Greens 101 with Anya Mast & Chef Amy Sherridan!

It ain't easy eatin' greens.... LOTS of greens!~ EVERY WEEK! We were actually doing okay, but I was really excited that Trillium Haven Farm offered a GREENS 101 class, and for only $25! (The food alone was worth that!) Chef Amy Sherridan (left) and Anya Mast (right) put on an amazing demonstration of using seasonal, local greens in a variety of ways.

Notice Anya's green apron...always the attention to detail! Also, our napkins were a beautiful tribute to green veggies!

I was too busy taking copious notes to take photos during the demonstration, but I got a couple of shots of the completed table and our plate! I've used several of the recipes repeatedly since and have had lots of great success! My favorites are on the RECIPES page.

Participants helping themselves to the delectable dishes~

From the Top:
Roasted Turnip and Greens (from Food & Wine), Napa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing, Palak Paneer on Basamati Rice, Quinoa with Spinach*, under the dark rice crackers: Hummus w/Greens*, in the bowl: Kale and White Bean Soup. We also had a deliciously refreshing & palate cleansing ginger/lime tea!

Chef Amy was kind enough to pull a bowl of the soup prior to adding the sausage. It was ALL delicious! In addition to the recipes I learned a LOT of techniques and where to go for some of the more interesting ingredients! I spent a good 1 1/2 in Horrock's looking for some of the specialty items. I also stopped in a very ethnic grocery store in the Towne & Country plaza on Kalamazoo Ave. by 44th Street. EVERYTHING was labelled in a language that I could not BEGIN to interpret! I sheepishly purchased some buckwheat groats (I could see them through the bag) and a bar of interesting chocolate. It has air bubbles in it and a "whipped" consistency. I can't wait for the next class!


My Quinoa with Spinach dish!


  1. Is the 'interesting chocolate' an Aero bar? It's some sort of British chocolate made by Nestle; I've been meaning to buy one for a while, (they sell them at Meijers too) was it any good?

  2. It WAS! Very tasty and an interesting texture! The store I was at was called: URARTU INTERNATIONAL FOODS. I had missed the BIG Mediterranean Island store. Try new things! ;)