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Sweet Mandarin Cookery School for 14-16 year olds – Irlam Youth Forum Centre

January 15, 2009
Teenage students are mesmerized by Lisa's knife skills as they watch the demonstration

Teenage students are mesmerized by Lisa’s knife skills as they watch the demonstration

 

Three teenagers learning to cook Chinese dim sum at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School with Lisa Tse

Three teenagers learning to cook Chinese dim sum at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School with Lisa Tse

Lisa teaching 14-16 year olds at Irlam Youth Forum Centre how to cook Chinese dim sum and cuisine.

Lisa teaching 14-16 year olds at Irlam Youth Forum Centre how to cook Chinese dim sum and cuisine.

SCHOOLS VISITS – FOOD TECHNOLOGY 
DIM SUM MASTERCLASS
Sweet  Mandarin Cookery Courses – Workshops / Demonstrations

Lisa Tse has been visiting schools around the North West, USA, Asia and Carribean teaching Year 7 – 13 the art of making dim sum and the history of dim sum during the food technology classes.

Explained Lisa Tse, co-owner of Sweet Mandarin with her sisters Helen and Janet: “We are really excited to be working with schools. We’ve put together a workshop that will give the students hands-on experience of how to make authentic dim sums and learn a bit about Chinese culture and food. The students will also end the workshop with a fruit origami.

Said Fay Flatt (Arts Officer at Irlam & Cadishead, Irlam Youth Forum Centre): “When my students heard about the opportunity to train with Lisa Tse from the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School they were so excited. Lisa is an excellent teacher and mesmerized the students”

One of the students reported that “learning how to cook dim sum and understanding about Chinese food was brilliant. I wish every food technology class was taught by Lisa.”

INVITE LISA TSE TO YOUR SCHOOL

– Learn the art of dim sum
– Learn Chinese Culture and food
– Learn Chinese New Year food and traditions
– Assembly Guest Speaker – Motivational Talk
– Prize Giving Guest Speaker – Motivational Talk

To book Lisa Tse please email lisa@sweetmandarin.com

COSTS

Email us for more details
Payment must be settled before or on the day. Please make cheques payable to Lisa Tse

– Maximum class size is 15.
– Ingredients need to be provided for the class ( full list will be provided)
– Expenses must be covered also.

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Chinese Cookery School “I love Chinese food even more now!”

January 15, 2009
Mr Drake is on the right with his bowl of Chicken and Sweetcorn soup which he made himself at Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School

Mr Drake is on the right with his bowl of Chicken and Sweetcorn soup which he made himself at Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School

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Mr Drake mastering the woks at Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School

Mr Drake is an excellent chef and we had a lot of fun exchanging cooking tips!  He told me he loves Chinese and Thai cuisine, but after the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School, Mr Drake “Loves Chinese food even more now!”  Mr Drake learnt how to cook 6 suppers on a fixed budget, spicing up the dishes for dinner. What did you think Mr Drake? The response, “Excellent! Maybe I can open my own restaurant ?” replied Mr Drake chuckling as he tasted his Chicken and Sweetcorn soup “Not bad if I say so myself. Tastes like the real thing!” I’m looking forward that dinner invite Mr Drake! 

Best Wishes and Sweet Dishes to You and Your Family

Lisa

Book your place on our Chinese Cookery School – Email: sweetmandarin@gmail.com or call Lisa Tse 0161 832 8848

For more information see www.sweetmandarin.com

Availability: January is full. We have availability from February 2009 – every Saturday morning at Sweet Mandarin

Address:  Sweet Mandarin 19 Copperas Street, Design House, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1HS

Oprah’s Ten Weight Loss Recipes – No. 9 Finger Lickin Good Spare Ribs – By The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 5, 2009

200901_omag_cover_2208This series of blogs is addressed to Oprah and all those out there battling the bulge and excess weight. I am often asked by my clients to prepare for them a special detox meal over a period of a week to a month. The following recipes are just a sample of our offerings and are unique to Sweet Mandarin (www.sweetmandarin.com). If you would like a one-to-one consultation, contact me, Lisa Tse on sweetmandarin@gmail.com .

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SPARERIBS WITH HOISIN SAUCE

Serves 4 to 6.

 

INGREDIENTS:

           2 pounds spareribs

           3 tablespoons light soy sauce

           3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

           3 tablespoons ketchup

           2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

           1 tablespoon brown sugar

           2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

           2 tablespoons honey

           1/4 cup boiling water

PREPARATION:

Cut the spareribs apart into 1-inch pieces. Place in a shallow glass baking dish.

 

Combine the light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, rice wine or sherry, brown sugar, and the chopped garlic.

Pour over the spareribs. Cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning occasionally to make sure the ribs are thoroughly coated.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius, set oven to either 175 degrees Celsius). Dissolve the honey in the boiling water.

 

Fill a shallow roasting pan with 1/2-inch of water and place in the bottom of the oven. Place the pork on a rack above the water. Roast the pork for 30 minutes, or until the ribs just begin shrinking and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). Brush the spareribs several times with the honey and water mixture during roasting. Remove and cool.

 

Spareribs can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. (Thaw frozen pork in the refrigerator or microwave. Use refrigerated pork within 4 days. Reheat frozen or refrigerated pork before serving).

 

Nutritional Breakdown per serving (based on 6 servings) – 328 calories (kcal), 22 g Total Fat (10 g monounsaturated, 8 g saturated , 2 g polyunsaturated), 17 g Protein, 13 g Carbohydrate, 73 mg Cholesterol, 805 mg Sodium

Note: Using low-sodium soy sauce reduces the sodium count to 590 mg (25 percent of daily total).

Best wishes and Sweet Dishes to You and Your Family

Lisa

Note to Oprah – I know you love your fried chicken – but try this as a healthy alternative – and as a treat for your diet.

Oprah’s Ten Weight Loss Recipes – No. 8 The Chicken Stock to Warm Your Heart – By The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 5, 2009

200901_omag_cover_2207This series of blogs is addressed to Oprah and all those out there battling the bulge and excess weight. I am often asked by my clients to prepare for them a special detox meal over a period of a week to a month. The following recipes are just a sample of our offerings and are unique to Sweet Mandarin (www.sweetmandarin.com). If you would like a one-to-one consultation, contact me, Lisa Tse on sweetmandarin@gmail.com

 

Best wishes and Sweet Dishes to You and Your Family

Lisa

chicken-stock

CHICKEN STOCK

Makes about 10 cups.

 

INGREDIENTS:

           3 pounds chicken pieces (backs, necks, or wings)

           12 cups cold water

           3 slices fresh ginger

           Salt, to taste

PREPARATION:

Rinse the chicken pieces under running water. Place in a large pot with 12 cups water (or enough to cover).

Add the ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the top.

Add salt to taste.

Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours.

 

Chicken Stock is simple to prepare, relatively cheap, nutritious, and easily digested. Chicken stock can be used as a soup is a good food for winter convalescents. Sipping warm soup can also clear the sinuses because of the steam ventilating into the nasal passages, serving as a natural decongestant, which also relieves cold and flu symptoms. Last, but not least, scientists found that the particular blend of nutrients and vitamins in traditional chicken soup can slow the activity of certain white blood cells. This may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could hypothetically lead to temporary ease from symptoms of illness.

Oprah’s Ten Weight Loss Recipes – No. 4 Ginger Tea – By The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 4, 2009

200901_omag_cover_2204This series of blogs is addressed to Oprah and all those out there battling the bulge and excess weight. I am often asked by my clients to prepare for them a special detox meal over a period of a week to a month. The following recipes are just a sample of our offerings and are unique to Sweet Mandarin (www.sweetmandarin.com). If you would like a one-to-one consultation, contact me, Lisa Tse on sweetmandarin@gmail.com .

Best wishes and Sweet Dishes to You and Your Family

Lisa

ginger-tea

Ginger Tea

 

Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea, a healthy drink that’s great for digestion.

 

INGREDIENTS:

           2 thin slices raw ginger

           water

 

PREPARATION:

Boil enough water to fill your cup, remove from heat, and add the slices of ginger. Allow to steep to desired strength (3-5 minutes), strain and enjoy!

 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE 

Ginger – Besides being appreciated for its distinct flavor and ability to diffuse other strong odors, ginger has long been used as a digestive aid. Thought to get rid of air in the body, it is used to treat both stomach acidity and motion sickness. In China, women customarily drink a mixture of ginger cooked in wine and sesame oil shortly after giving birth.

Oprah’s Ten Weight Loss Recipes – No.2 Garlic Butter Steamed Fish – By The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 4, 2009

200901_omag_cover_2202This series of blogs is addressed to Oprah and all those out there battling the bulge and excess weight. I am often asked by my clients to prepare for them a special detox meal over a period of a week to a month. The following recipes are just a sample of our offerings and are unique to Sweet Mandarin (www.sweetmandarin.com). If you would like a one-to-one consultation, contact me, Lisa Tse on sweetmandarin@gmail.com .

Best wishes and Sweet Dishes to You and Your Family

Lisa

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STEAMED FISH WITH GARLIC BUTTER

 

Serves 3 – 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

           4 fish fillets, about 4 – 6 ounces each

           2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

           1/4 teaspoon salt

           2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

           2 tablespoons butter

 

PREPARATION:

Prepare the wok for steaming. Rinse the fish fillets and pat dry with paper towels. Cover and steam the fish over high heat until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork (10 – 15 minutes). 

Separately, in a small pan, melt the butter, adding the chopped garlic and salt –mix until garlic goes golden brown. Take off the heat.

Place the fish fillets on a deep, heat-proof plate that will fit inside the steamer basket. Pour the garlic butter mixture over the fish.

Serve hot with steamed leafy greens.

 

Nutritional Breakdown for Steamed Fish (based on 4 servings of 6 ounces fish each) Each serving contains: Calories 157, 3 g Carbohydrates, 31 g Protein, 2 g Total Fat, 73 mg Cholesterol, trace dietary Fibre, 232 mg Sodium, 774 mg Potassium.

 

Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer. Garlic is also useful to treat a common cold, and help regulate blood levels

 

Butter in moderation is allowed.

BBC Films The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School and Lisa Tse

January 3, 2009

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I was recently filmed for the tv series Inside Out on BBC One which featured Sweet Mandarin and the story behind our restaurant/cookery school. The director, Lawrence and presenter Andy Johnson were brilliant fun and got stuck into the cooking (and eating) at the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School.  You can see the programme on www.sweetmandarin.com (Home Page).

The Internet is a wonderful thing.  The revolution allows me to reach out to all my students around the world. Now, thanks to the Internet, I have the ability to post my recipes online, making them more accessible to viewers and chefs.  This leaves no excuses—get cooking today!

Best wishes and Sweet dishes to you and your family

Lisa

Wok n Roll – Home Economic Lessons Are Over Subscribed – Thanks to Lisa Tse!

January 3, 2009

Lisa Tse's School Masterclass

SWEET MANDARIN’S SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE ROLLS OUT TO THE CARIBBEAN

 

Manchester’s trendy eaterie is a School of Excellence for young wanna-be chefs and restaurant staff and for students in Greater Manchester and abroad, it will be the first chance to taste modern Chinese cuisine at the cutting edge.

 

None of the students who will be training at Sweet Mandarin are Chinese.

 

In setting up the ’School’ Sweet Mandarin will be following in the footsteps of Jamie Oliver’s famous 15 restaurant.

 

The Manchester initiative is a collaboration between the all-female owners of Sweet Mandarin and Margaret White, catering lecturer at the Openshaw campus of MANCAT (Manchester College of Art and Technology) and the George Hicks Campus in the Caribbean.

 

The students, full time and part-time, are studying for their NVQ Level 2 or equivalent. The majority are between 14 and 18, but there are also adult students.

 

At Manchester, a rota system is in place and groups of between two and three at a time will be gaining work experience at the chic restaurant at The Design House in the Northern Quarter on a day release basis from the college. The School of Excellent is also rolled out on site at the schools, and Lisa visits the schools personally to teach the students how to make Chinese dim sum and fruit origami. The culinary training began with an instruction session explaining the background of how dim sum originated, Chinese culture and language, followed by a demonstration, and actual hands-on Oriental cooking by the students.

On the menus is tasty dim sum – bite-sized Oriental treats. The name is derived from the words from the heart, for, as the guest said, the cooking style was originally created to “reach people emotionally”.

 The students prepared three of the many dim sum varieties: chicken spring rolls, chicken wontons, and chicken toast.

 

Most of the work will involve ‘chef-fing’ but for those who want it there will be an opportunity to practice silver service for those students doing work experience at Sweet Mandarin.

 

Explained 30 year old Lisa Tse, co-owner of Sweet Mandarin with her sisters Helen and Janet: “We are really excited to be working with MANCAT. We’ve put together a plan that will give the students hands-on experience of how a busy Chinese kitchen operates but underlining the whole scheme will be the emphasis on quality which is why we are calling it School of Excellence.”

 

Meanwhile the trainee chefs are swotting up on the secrets of the perfect Sichuan beef and fried won tons.

 

Said Margaret White: “When my students heard about the opportunity to train at Sweet Mandarin they were queuing up to go there. And I was at the front of the queue!

 

“As a full time lecturer I have to keep my hand by doing a certain amount of practical work experience and I can’t wait to have a go at preparing stuff like dim sum.

 

“It’s a unique chance for us all to learn the very special art of Chinese cooking as none of us are Chinese or have Chinese connections.”

 

And use chopsticks like the professionals.

 

The three Tse sisters enjoy serving as mentors, especially advocating the areas of entrepreneurship, literacy, law, business and cooking.  Having grown up helping in the family business, they told the local students that they know the “fun and rewards” of working in a busy Chinese restaurant.  “That is how we survived…,” said Chef Lisa, who advised the students to, “Be creative and adventurous with your food”. She also imparted the inspirational words “If I can do it, so can you”.

 

Its not surprising with their entrepreneurial streak and commitment to education that Manchester’s home grown entrepreneur and CEO of Sweet Mandarin, Lisa Tse has something to write home about. She has been invited to be the key note speaker for the Growing Business Awards. Lisa is also a contributor to their self titled book Sweet Mandarin, written by her twin sister, Helen, which has been published by Random House in 33 countries and the BBC Audiobook, Sweet Mandarin, is being launched worldwide in February 08 to celebrate Chinese New Year. Lisa headlined the Growing Business Event at Manchester’s GMEX on 25 January 2008.  For more information see http://www.sweetmandarin.com

 

Sweet Mandarin opened on 2nd  November 2004 with the first “cook-off” for students in the North West.

The owner, Lisa Tse has been featured in the Sunday Times, Guardian, Chamber of Commerce, North West Enquirer, Start Talking Ideas. She is a spokesperson for Make Your Mark, on the board of the NWDA (the UK Government arm responsible for fostering entrepreneurship in the North West) .

 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2095-2230200,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian_jobs_and_money/story/0,,1547934,00.html

http://gmeic.co.uk/pdf/028_029_Mandarin.pdf#search=%22sweet%20mandarin%22

http://www.nw-enquirer.co.uk/business/small_business/life_is_sweet_for_sisters_at_the_mandarin_200607141037.html

http://www.starttalkingideas.org/case_studies/index.php?ID=242

 

 

For further information please contact Lisa Tse (Mobile: +44 (0) 7877 639 876)

Sweet Mandarin

19 Copperas Street, Manchester M4 1HS

Tel:      0161 832 8848           

 

E:         sweetmandarin@gmail.com

W:       www.sweetmandarin.com

 

Testimonials – Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 3, 2009

Francine loves to entertain her friends and family. Prior to joining Sweet Mandarin’s Cookery School, Francine found a Chinese menu somewhat bewildering – too much choice and uncertainty as to what all the flavours would taste like. Sweet Mandarin’s Cookery School gave Francine an introduction to a new  type of cuisine and an understanding that at the end of the day, good food is delicious especially Chinese food.  It was a pleasure to welcome you to our home, Sweet Mandarin. May you and your family have many Sweet dishes for 2009!  Here is a summary of Francine’s thoughts after the class.

Francine

Sweet Mandarin is a Chinese restaurant in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. It was my first time visiting Sweet Mandarin and its a place with people with big hearts who welcome you to their kitchen to cook and enjoy their stories as you dine on your own cooking.

Lisa is as eager to teach as you are to learn. Each lesson filled with fresh local ingredients and lots of laughs!

If it’s about the food and the culture of China, this is the ticket. I felt well informed and always at ease – oh and the spring rolls were absolutely delicious – what more could you ask for?”

Francine

 

Do you want to try Chinese cuisine and learn to cook Chinese cuisine? If so, contact Lisa Tse on sweetmandarin@gmail.com  For more information go to www.sweetmandarin.com

Sweet Mandarin Cookery School Vouchers are a Great Gift Idea

January 3, 2009

Here is Anita’s Testimony. Its such a great experience to cook with couples. You’ve heard the saying, “The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach” right? Well when I cook with couples, its like getting a glimpse of their life, their inter-actions and their humour. Anita – you’ve done your hubby proud.  This is Anita’s story….

Dr Sharma and Dr Sharma at Sweet Mandarin's Cookery School

“This actually was a birthday present given by the children to their father. He was not sure what to expect. I think he was not expecting this as a gift. My children know that the father likes cooking & experimenting with different food. I have to admit he is good but a messy cook!!

Just to give him a bit of support, as all men need it, I went along. …..we got undivided attention from the master chef. We tasted our own cooked food.

We both enjoyed thoroughly. We amazed ourselves by seeing how perfect spring rolls & prawn toasts we made. I think Lisa looked bit worried by seeing how quickly we both picked up, in case we opened up our restaurant next door to her!!   We are going to demonstrate our skills to our children when they come home for Christmas.

He did not make much mess in Lisa’s kitchen & cleaned as he went along. Again thanks to the chef–one of the good qualities. I will make sure he continues to do that in my kitchen.

We will recommend this to any one who enjoys Chinese food. Much easier & healthier too if you learn to cook the right & healthy way.

Please keep me updated.
Anita

 

To book a surprise birthday gift voucher for the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School, email Lisa Tse at sweetmandarin@gmail.com or call 0161 832 8846. For more information, go to www.sweetmandarin.com