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K/1st Grade Cooking Demo 4/24/15

Guest Chef Shachi Mehra, Adya Fresh Flavors of India, Anaheim

MENU:: Strawberry Lassi and Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Strawberry Lassi – serves 4

Lassi is a popular Indian yogurt drink, available in many flavors. Refreshing and delicious with fresh strawberries, this one is perfect for warm summer days.


1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed (3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar or 2T honey (as needed, depending on sweetness of strawberries)
1/4 teaspoon ground green cardamom
2 cups plain yogurt (whole-milk or low-fat)
1 cup ice cubes

In a blender, puree strawberries with cardamom and sugar or honey, if using. Add in ice and yogurt and puree until smooth. Serve chilled.

Quinoa, Snap Pea and Chickpea Salad – serves 4 to 6 as a side

All the elements for this salad can be prepared ahead of time and can be tossed together one day before, making it the perfect accompaniment to a picnic or barbeque.


2 cups cooked & cooled Quinoa (traditional or mixed) **see note for cooking tips**
3⁄4 cup cooked chickpeas *if using canned, rinse before use; if using dried, soaked and cooked*
1 1⁄2 cup fresh snap peas (from TMA garden), washed and cut in half
2 small cucumbers, sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1⁄2 serrano chili, seeded and minced
1 avocado, 1⁄2 diced and 1⁄2 in long slices for garnish
2T chopped fresh cilantro
1T chopped fresh basil
1T chopped fresh mint

Chaat Masala Dressing:

Chaat masala is a spice mix of about 13 different spices including black salt, dry mango, cumin, dry ginger and chili. It is a tangy mixture that is mostly used for finishing to liven up salads, appetizers and grilled fish and meat.

1⁄2 cup + 2T olive oil
1⁄4 cup lime juice
Pinch of salt
2T honey
1⁄2 t chaat masala

Indian Spices in Everyday Cooking with Chef Shachi Mehra


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, chaat masala and salt. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking continuously.
  2. To assemble salad: In a large bowl, add cooked, cooled quinoa, chickpeas, snap peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, serrano and herbs. Toss with dressing. Gently mix in the diced avocado.
  3. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and avocado slices.

Delicious Alternatives:

This salad can easily be modified with the addition of fresh goat cheese or grilled shrimp.

** NOTE: To Cook Quinoa:

Rinse and drain 1 cup quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer. Combine 1 3⁄4 cups water, 1⁄4 t salt and quinoa in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork; you should be able see a thread on each grain. Spread on a baking sheet to cool. If cooking ahead of time, cooked quinoa can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

Spring Garden Open House

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During the months of April and May, our class visits to the garden will include vegetable and produce harvesting, tasting and planting. Check out this blog post for ideas on Hosting a Produce Tasting.

We invite you to come out with your child’s class and be part of the learning and fun that happens every month in our garden! Check our calendar for the garden visit schedule and contact your class lead or grade level Champion for details and to RSVP.

Grade-level Champions
Kinder Robert Gargano 718-726-5991
Kinder Shana Fife 214-770-6944
1st  Laura Euhus 714-814-9280
2nd  Jennifer Goodwin 714-300-5245
3rd  Merrie Mora 949-419-4034
4th Martha Cabrera 714-376-0008
5th Hillary Streichenberger 949-874-7740
Garden Co-Chairs Brandon Dove 714-932-5787
Suzie Won-Speizer 949-436-7966

Garden Master Workshop

Thursday, October 3, 8:30 - 11:00 AM, is our mandatory Garden Master Workshop. If you have signed up to be a GM in your child's class you must attend this workshop. See the Fall Training Workshop Timeline for Garden Masters for more information on times and locations.

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Dads and Donuts


Get your Donuts and Pumpkins with Dads and Donuts on Tuesday, October 1 from 7:45-8:15 AM. The garden team will be selling pumpkins that morning as well as throughout the rest of the week. Come by and see what's growing and share a donut with your children Tuesday morning.

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TMA Garden Workday

Earn your volunteer hours early by bringing your family to the TMA Garden Workday on September 29 from 8-2 pm. HEROES and the Garden Team will be there preparing the garden for our children to start planting, exploring, and composting. Bring gloves, hats, sun block, and lots of water. Refreshments will be provided. Come for all or just part of the time.


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Garden Beautification Day


Garden Beautification Day is coming up on April 21st from 8-1 pm.

Short on Volunteer Hours? Come help spruce up the garden and get your hands a little dirty! Don't forget to bring your hats, gloves, sun-block, snacks and of course plenty of water! We can use all the hands we can get for all or just a portion of the time.

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Welcome Back TMA Students and Families


Back to school night is just around the corner, Tuesday, Sept. 4. Be sure to stop by the garden to see a cooking demo and while you're there take a stroll around the grounds with your family.

Ask your kids about their favorite garden memories or what they look forward to learning this year. If you get some good stories, please share them with us and maybe they'll be featured in an upcoming blog post.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
--Sept. 30: Garden Beautification Day
--Oct. 2: Dads, Donuts and Pumpkins
--Oct. 4: Garden Master Training Workshop and TMA Community Demo Cooking Class

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Don’t Forget to Visit the Garden at Open House


Open House is next Wednesday, May 30. Come see what all the excitement is about in the TMA garden. All the children have been exploring the garden this year and can take you on a tour. Encourage your child to show you what they have learned and how proud they are of their garden. Ask them about some of the highlights like the water cistern, rain chains, compost bins, worm bins, native garden, etc.

New Volunteer Position
Looking for a great volunteer job that can be done completely from home? We're looking for a new Garden Communicator who communicates with the GMs about the class weekly visits to the garden. A great job for someone who works full-time and is not able to be on campus much. If interested, please contact Joyce Howie.

Thanks a Bunch
A generous thank you goes out to HydroPoint Data Systems for kindly extending our irrigation controller subscription for another three years. As they stated, it's their pleasure to be part of an educational center like TMA's garden.

Also big thank you goes out to all the families and SLO Food OC and BEHR Paints volunteers that came out and helped give the garden a good sprucing up this past Sunday. A small but mighty crew did a ton of work.

The TMA Garden bids a fond farewell to the Hanning-Lee family. We thank you so much for your support and generosity over the years and wish you and your daughter the best as she moves onto sixth grade. We invite you back to the garden anytime to see its growth and progress, but especially to see the apple tree that will be planted in your honor.

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