The Myanmar proverb - One sesame seed does not make oil - reminds the Spoons to take learning in the kitchen step by step and to celebrate progress as it comes. It’s also a helpful message for householders who employ domestic staff: if you understand there are inconsistencies in your staff’s education and life experience, you will likely hold fairer expectations of them and better recognise their skills and competence.
...there could be a trainee who knows that you put out a fire by 'starving it' of oxygen, yet has not been taught that germs are transmitted mainly by touch.
As trainers, the Spoons remind ourselves before each class not to presume the knowledge and skills of the cooks. In a single class, there could be a trainee who knows you extinguish a fire by 'starving it' of oxygen, yet is not aware that germs are transmitted mainly by touch. Or someone might never have used a microwave yet their classmate knows how to use the auto defrost setting to safely thaw frozen meat. Most 'wing it' when baking because they've never learnt fractions (we teach this in our Use with Care class). Some have only limited Myanmar and English reading skills, so they read a bit of both (or listen and watch closely) to prepare a recipe. Talk about courage in the kitchen!
The Spoons have commenced a community education project - “My Fresh Kitchen” - in partnership with the Yangon Kayin Baptist Women’s Association. In 2017, we plan to:
What’s fresh in the Spoons’ kitchen?
All group classes now 30 000 MMK or LESS!
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