The morning was already perfect; sunny, blue skies and not too windy. But things were going to get even better. We were at Mala’ai-the Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School and were about to harvest, cook and eat fresh, healthy, delicious food. Chef Susan Tauson guided our group of students, community members and school garden teachers to craft a lovely meal of sorrel soup, salad and dressing. Garden Leader Amanda Rieux opened our workshop with an overview of the Mala’ai program followed by a garden tour. Soon we were all pitching in to help with garden and cooking tasks. Using freshly harvested sorrel, onions and herbs we proceeded to sort, wash, slice and chop our way to culinary bliss. The table under the classroom tent was set, complete with a lovely bouquet. The soup and salad were complimented by locally made artisan bread and butter from the nearby farmers’ market. Our meal was simply delicious. Mahalo nui to Amanda and Chef Susan for this wonderful opportunity.
Chef Susan guides Casandra and Jonnah at the cooking station
WMS Students Casandra Meeks, Jonnah Marsh & Emily Niles
Washing broccoli blossoms and beans for the salad
Chef Susan stirs the sorrel soup
We gathered to share our delicious meal and enjoyed every bite.