That’s it. Period. End of sentence. Was the most recent Barrio Bites class perfect? Depends on your definition of perfection. Did everything go as smoothly as I’d planned in my head? Hell no. Did that matter in the end? Not really, but when I was in the moment to moment freneticism of the class, I felt like I lost sight of that big picture. I was scrambling for matches I believed I had on hand, frustrated I’d let my phone die so I couldn’t snap photos of the kids in action, pissed off a valve on a gas burner had broken and now posed a safety hazard. All of these and more were little things (although I've recently heard a rumor that carbon monoxide is bad for you - I'll have to do my due diligence on that one).
Full of peppers, carrots, onion, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy, and ketchup, this shrimp dish got devoured. I think it was the first time many had eaten quinoa, and by itself they seemed hesitant. But after they blended the seeds in with the other ingredients, they had no problem eating this nutritious food. Once again, two stock pots wiped clean.
And the big picture? More kids and adults than I'd ever had participate in Barrio Bites. More community. More collaboration. More cooperation. More connection. To all the students and the two district attorneys who spent time together on Tuesday, I leave you with this wonderful bit of hilarity from one of my favorite culinary inspirations: