Students learned how to make a pastel de choclo (a Chilean version of shepherd’s pie) on Monday, Feb. 27, at the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen. This was the second of five classes in the Cooking Around The World class series offered this spring.
The class was taught by Barbara Palacios, a Chileno who works as a chef with the Westmark Sitka Hotel and the Dock Shack (Totem Square Inn). Barbara taught students how to make the pastel de choclo, which features a layer of ground beef and onions, chicken, boiled egg, olives, a layer of creamed corn, and pebre (a Chilean pico de gallo without the jalapeños).
Future Cooking Around The World series classes include:
- Thailand — 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, taught by Nancy Knapp. Nancy is a longtime health educator from Sitka who spent several years in Laos and Thailand. She still hasn’t announced which dishes she will teach for this class, but she taught a Thai cooking class last year that sold out quickly and had a long waiting list. The registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.
- Austria — 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, taught by Suat Tuzlak. Suat is the former owner of the Alpine Bakery in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and co-author of “Little Cookbook For The Great Outdoors.” For this class he will teach students how to make a savory strudel with two fillings and a sweet strudel with apples that’s great with ice cream. The registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.
- Turkey — 5-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 17, taught by Suat Tuzlak. For this class, Suat, who is Turkish, will teach students how to make a Turkish dinner that is vegan and gluten-free without using sophisticated ingredients. You will learn to make red lentil soup, green beans with olive oil, festive rice pilaf with currants and pine nuts, and a fusion dessert, chia-coconut pudding. The registration deadline is 9 p.m. on Friday, April 14.
When registering, students should prepay for the class through the Sitka Kitch online registration site, http://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com, using PayPal or credit/debit card. If you need other payment arrangements, contact Chandler or Clarice of Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 to arrange a time when you can pay with cash or check. To qualify for a partial refund, please notify us at least three days in advance if you need to cancel. The registration deadline is three days before each class so our instructors have time to purchase materials. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Also, the Sitka Kitch has another upcoming class series this winter/spring — Nourish: Using Food As Medicine For Optimum Health — which will be taught by Sitka nutritionist Holly Marban during National Nutrition Month in March.
Class topics include nutrition foundations, balancing blood sugar, everyday superfoods, foods to fight inflammation, and and detox. There will be five classes from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3. When we opened registration, the entire series was posted first (we sold out of our spaces set aside for a series-purchase discount), and now the individual classes are being posted about a week or so before each scheduled class as we fill any empty spaces remaining.
A slideshow of scenes from the Chilean cooking class follows below.