A few weeks ago a friend of mine reached out to me and asked if I would teach a group she leads to grill. I said yes excitedly! The group she leads is for widows; they meet twice a month and the 2nd meeting is a teaching class where they learn to do something that their spouse would have normally done, i.e. grilling. I wanted to create a menu for this class that showed some diversity in grilling.

The final menu was:

  • Curry/Turmeric marinated chicken
  • Scallops
  • A variety of vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, asparagus)
  • Pineapple with a salted caramel sauce

I had a lot to prepare for, there were things I needed to buy and things I needed to practice. I knew how to grill, but I live in an apartment and haven’t had the chance to grill in quite a while. I was pretty nervous to be in front of an audience, so the day came and I was prepared with all the tools I needed but my stomach hurt from anxiety. I got to the church to set up an hour early. I put together the tables and my station and then waited for guests to arrive. By 7:15 pm they were all there and so I started. I invited them to get up and come closer to see exactly how to turn the grill on. I also showed them how to start a charcoal grill.

I showed them an all natural way to clean the grill without using anything abrasive. Then I started to grill the chicken, then the vegetables, then the scallops, and lastly the pineapple.  Y’all, your life will change after you grill pineapple! Its beautiful and tastes amazing! I have grilled pineapple 3 times since that class (3/22). Everyone loved the food and class! They left at about 8:45, and the worship team was practicing inside the church so I cooked off the rest of food and brought the trays of food to them. They were all happy with the unexpected dinner.

The whole experience was a good one and I want to do it again. I am now adding Chef Instructor to the list of things I can do. Let me teach you how to grill, saute, bake, basic knife skills, cuisine specific cooking, and more! I am so excited to be able to do this!

Email me at eatsbyamber@gmail.com for more information.

Grilling Pineapple and Asparagus

Food just before we brought it to the worship team