African Cooking

A Live Cooking Lesson from Another Continent
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A Live Cooking Lesson from Another Continent

Turtle Hook Middle School Scholars Learn how to Cook Traditional Ghanaian Meals from Chefs in Ghana

Uniondale Union Free School District’s Turtle Hook Middle School scholars recently participated in a live virtual conference with Ghanaian chefs via Zoom. The multicultural video conference allowed scholars to learn about global foods, specifically examining African cooking. Scholars learned how to prepare two popular African dishes and had the opportunity to speak with the chefs in an interactive question and answer period.

“Learning about other cultures is key to being a global citizen,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil. “Our scholars are getting an inside look at cultures different from their own, developing a cultural awareness which ultimately leads to a more empathetic individual.”

Among the meals prepared included fufu, a staple of the Ghanaian diet. Fufu is the product of boiled down and mashed cassava. Using a mortar and pestle, the mixture is turned and water is added until the mixture softens. The fufu is eaten with liquid soups. The other dish prepared was jollof rice, another very popular Ghanaian dish that is often served during parties and other ceremonies. Scholars watched in anticipation as the rice dish was cooked.

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