"School days, school days, good ole golden rules days." Well, more than reading, writing, and arithmetic these days for the DIYer, the schools have abundant opportunities to widen your world and to enjoy the finer things of life. You can learn to be a gourmet chef, a jeweler, or learn to dance with the stars. Community Education is the best bargain around since it is low cost, and ultimately adds to the knowledge, experience, or lifestyle of the recipient.
Recently Markdown Mom attended a cooking class on making pita bread at her local middle school. This was a great class that not only had us make our own pan pita bread, but included making hummus, cucumber dip, roasted creamy eggplant dip, at the same time providing information on nutrition and the benefits of eating healthier. Our instructors were Ilone Hamilton and Jeanie Pekkala.
Breaking up in groups of 4, they took us step-by-step through the process of making pita bread using a caste iron frying pan.
From scratch, the yeast was prepared, the dough was mixed, allowed to rise, kneaded, rolled into a ball, divided into 8 equal pieces, allow to rise, rolled into a 6" circle, and placed into an ungreased pan to fry/bake. That was the exciting period when the pita bread would actually rise and form bubbles in the pan.
During the breaks when the dough was rising, Ilone and Jeannie would instruct us on the delicious fillings for the pita bread.
At the end of which we were able to sit back and break bread with the other students. We not only enjoyed the feast that we had prepared that night, but felt empowered to continue our culinary exploration with other classes.
Classes through your local community schools or continuing education programs offer an opportunity to explore your talents, pursue your interest, and enlarge your world while providing an opportunity to meet other members of your community.
The costs are nominal, the pita class was $5 registration fee + supplies. Other costs follow a similar fee structure depending on the number of times the class meets. Classes include general interests that contain a potpourri of activities from crafts, finances, hobbies, to cooking classes, sports, languages, interior decorating, and computer training to name a few.
With Ilone and Jeannie’s permission, Markdown Mom will take you through the steps of this recipe, pan pita bread, in addition to the oven baked recipe at a later date. Right now, MDM is anticipating the new Spring Schedule for Community Schools–who knows what new adventure awaits!
Remember you are never too young or too old to learn something new and once learned the enjoyment and knowledge is with you forever, plus the friends you make on the journey–and that’s a real bargain!