Academy 31 2015 | Day Four

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Today was a milestone in the history of A31: we almost got tired of food. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Instead of having cooking classes scattered throughout camp, we decided to collect them all in one grand Cooking Day. After normal PT, breakfast/prayer talk, showers, and quiet time, the girls divided into 3 groups and rotated around three different kitchens. They spent 2 hours in each kitchen learning a specific cooking topic.

We wish we could share some of the delicious food with you. Really, we do. Our refrigerators are packed, we have rolls falling out the windows of the bunkhouse, and we were so stuffed from eating food all day that most of us didn’t even feel like having BTR’s (“Better-than-Reese’s”, an amazing chocolate-peanut butter dessert) this evening.

But, unfortunately, technology hasn’t advanced to the point that we can virtually share tangible items. So, we’ll have to settle for pictures. Here’s today’s story….


Goosemama taught cooking fundamentals. The first class learned a lot about the Incredible Edible Egg, practiced chopping vegetables efficiently, then studied several methods of cooking chicken and adding various seasonings and spices.

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Another class at Goosemama’s made stuffed ravioli with their choice of seasonings, then grilled steaks. That was a treat! The girls were able to use their previous cooking experience to create their own unique sauces and fillings.

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Another topic was Breadmaking. It included making calzones and pizza with homemade dough, as well as baking biscuits and even a quick batch of cookies thrown in at the end. The kitchen sure smelled good…

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The third class was Homemade Alternatives. The girls learned to create healthier, cheaper, and tastier salad dressings, sauces, tortillas, and even homemade Cheez-its. Whoever came up with that idea was brilliant.

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We finished the day with a cooking contest. The girls divided into 4 teams and were given 3 secret ingredients they had to use. When they opened the bag to discover the ingredients, the timer started. They were given 30 minutes to complete an appetizer, and then 45 minutes with another set of ingredients to create a main course. The different ideas the girls contributed gave beautiful display of creativity.

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The finished appetizers, which had to include kale, BBQ sauce, and Chex mix:IMG_9433 IMG_9431 IMG_9430 IMG_9429

The main courses, which had to include green beans, milk, and ketchup:

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Our 3 judges deliberated carefully and offered comments and critiques after tasting each dish…..and in the end, Team 2 was pronounced the final winner. Congratulations, girls!

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It was definitely an exhausting day….


….but we think it was a great success (due to hard work by lots of staff and instructors) and that makes us happy!


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