This week we wrapped up our study of macrobiotics with lessons on seasonal cooking and menu planning, and our very last final and practicum. The last three weeks have gone so quickly!
We started the week with a demo and lab on Summer and Spring cooking, learning about cooking techniques and types of foods to use during these times. We also studied the organs and senses that are related to each season. For example, the spleen, pancreas, and stomach are associated with late Summer so one would want to eat foods that benefit those organs. Our lab was centered on Spring cooking, so we made dishes like hummus with lemon and parsley, pressed salad, and the most beautiful spring rolls. A large part of the lab was devoted to creating fillings for the spring rolls, including using the tofu we handmade last week, and working on rolling the prettiest ones. This was one of my favorite Macrobiotic classes! We also studied cooking specific for Fall and Winter, including the most nurturing techniques and foods. To bring all of our seasonal menu planning knowledge together, we had one last CSA challenge where we created seasonal dishes using mostly what was in our CSA box from Johnson’s Backyard Garden. Each team’s menu was delicious and beautiful.
Another fun lab we had this week was tamales! With a lot of help from our macro assistant, past graduate Lorena, we learned about making the dough and filling for tamales and how to correctly roll them. We created savory and sweet versions, using both corn husks and banana leaves as the outside covering while they steamed. I had no experience with tamale making, so this was a really novel and fun lab for me. They turned out pretty great!
We ended the week, and our module, with our last final exam and practicum of the program. This practicum was much more relaxed than past practicums, especially since we only had one dish to concentrate one. We each made our dishes, then had a big last “family” meal together. It felt bittersweet!
Event week is here! Now the pressure is on to bring our beautiful event to life!