Hong Kong-Chinese Dumplings; Cooking Up Culture, Bolinas After School Program

February 12, 2019
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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271 Poplar Rd., Bolinas, CA, United States, 94924

This year with the Bolinas after school program we embark on the discovery and celebration of global cuisines. Learning flavors, ingredients and techniques of the world while we try to understand how culture, access to ingredients and even politics can shape the foods we eat.

Global cuisines around the world  all have versions of dumplings. A dumpling is essentially a little dough pocket filled with something, that’s steamed, boiled, or fried and they are usually dipped in sauce rather than drenched in it. In China dumplings are a staple and can be traced back almost 2000 years ago to the Han Dynasty. Legand has it that Zhang Zhongjian returned from a  cold winter visit to his home village where most of the town was suffering frost bit and particularly in the ears. Zhang had the idea of cooking up some healing herbs and meat and wrapping them in scraps of dough which he folded into dumplings that looked like little ears.  The legend is not clear if the dumplings healed the frostbite, but dumplings have been made ever since and we will do the same in this class, adding lots of healing herbs as well!

Recipes: Pork & Herb Potstickers, Shrimp Open Face Dumplings, Mizo Dipping Sauce, Sugar Cane Juice

Class Type: Hands on Middle School Kids/Bolinas After School Cooking Program

Class Notes: Bolinas School District Kids Only

Nissa Pierson

Managing Director the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center Nissa Pierson, is the utmost of a food enthusiast in the kitchen.  Nissa began her food journey as a child in Central America. In addition to traveling the world seeking organic and fair-trade conversation for her global grower consulting business, she is a noted cooking instructor & recipe developer  focusing on fresh herbs as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating and cooking well is a relatively simple process and just takes enthusiasm and some tidbits of knowledge.  She has also specialized in children’s cooking classes for many years and believes children are seeking better food knowledge and is always up for the challenge. Besides being a passionate about food she enjoys spice in general life, good food & cultural & political conversation and debates, the ocean and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. She loves solving problems and turning lemons into lemonade.  Contact Nissa