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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.

Chinese Cooking School – How to turn an apple into a swan

January 15, 2009

Lisa’s love of cooking and of the creative process of her art keeps her always interested in giving demonstrations and teaching others. Lisa is the head chef of Sweet Mandarin and teaches fruit origami in her cooking series taught at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cooking School.

Mr Drake's swan (I'm very impressed with all my students and I bet your friends and family will be impressed too!)

Mr Drake's swan (I'm very impressed with all my students and I bet your friends and family will be impressed too!)

Mr Drake having a go at fruit origami at Sweet Mandarin's Chinese Cookery School (Mr Drake made a superb swan)
Mr Drake having a go at fruit origami at Sweet Mandarin’s Chinese Cookery School (Mr Drake made a superb swan)
More students learning the secrets of fruit origami with Lisa Tse's easy to follow instructions
More students learning the secrets of fruit origami with Lisa Tse’s easy to follow instructions
Students at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cooking School learning how to carve fruit origami
Students at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cooking School learning how to carve fruit origami

Have you ever wanted to create an amazing centre piece for a dish or for a birthday cake?  Lisa, the head chef and teacher at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cooking School is always creating new dishes and presentational displays, which she shares with her students. Lisa has represented the Sweet Mandarin Cooking School in the Caribbean, across the United Kingdom and in China and has recently been nominated by Hi-Life Diners 2009 in the Best Manchester Restaurant category. Lisa’s passion is teaching her students – adults and the youth how to carve amazing fruit origami – turning a cucumber into a cute frog, turning carrots into ornamental flowers and turning an apple into a breath-taking swan. Lisa teaches cooking schools and home economics the art of dim sum and fruit origami and has been giving demonstrations at local fairs, exhibitions and events in conjunction with local Governmental programmes and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

 Lisa has developed a special way of teaching this ancient art of fruit and vegetable carving based on her understanding of the particular problems students of all ages have when they begin to work with their knife. She believes that learning to carve fruit and vegetables info beautiful flowers and other forms is not difficult; but one must first understand the concept behind the basic forms and second, learn to use the knife correctly to cut away one part and leave the other parts.

For more information on how to book your place at the Sweet Mandarin Chinese Cookery School go to www.sweetmandarin.com

Chinese Cookery School – Sweet Mandarin Is Proud of Her Students and Vice Versa

January 15, 2009

group“As family meals seems to have become pushed aside by a barrage of ubiquitous fast food and drive-thru restaurants, Lisa Tse of Sweet Mandarin emerges with a welcoming food philosophy of cooking healthy delicious meals and gathering the family back to the table. Operating from her modern wok fired restaurant, Sweet Mandarin in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, Lisa Tse continues a popular series of cooking classes that seek inspiration from a bevy of local world-class producers. The masterclass may well begin a session with a literal and culinary trip to the Silk Road learning how dim sum was created before actually learning the secrets of making dim sum. There was also some delightful party tricks to take back to the home kitchen. From the hands-on task of preparing the produce, learning knife skills, calculating the food budget and wok technique, a number of succulent stir fries and Chinese dishes were miraculously russled up during the masterclass.”

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 .

spare-ribs

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. 3 Egg Drop Soup – By The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 4, 2009

200901_omag_cover_2203This 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

egg-drop-soup

EGG DROP SOUP

 

The basic recipe for Egg Drop Soup (also called Egg Flower Soup) is very simple; I’ve included a few variations below. Serves 3 to 4.

Traditionally, the broth for Egg Drop Soup is rather bland, allowing the egg flavor to stand out.

 

INGREDIENTS:

           4 cups chicken broth or stock

           2 eggs, lightly beaten

           1 -2 spring onions finely sliced

           Salt to taste

           A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

PREPARATION:

In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the salt, and the sesame oil if using. Cook for about another minute.

Very slowly pour in the beaten eggs in a steady stream.

To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.

  Garnish with spring onion and serve.

 

Nutritional Breakdown – 4 servings

Each serving contains: Calories 81, 2 g Carbohydrates, 8 g Protein, 4 g Total Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 106 mg Cholesterol, trace Fibre, 866 mg Sodium

 

Egg Drop Soup Variations

These would be added after the seasonings. After adding, let the soup cook for a few more minutes and then add the beaten egg.

**1/2 cup frozen peas (defrosted).

**1/2 cup sweetcorn and finely diced chicken breast meat (cooked) – this makes Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup.

**If you are preparing the soup for someone who is ill, try adding a slice of fresh, grated ginger. Among its many benefits, ginger is believed to be helpful in treating colds and flue.

 

Egg Drop Soup is frequently thickened with cornstarch in restaurants. To add a cornstarch thickener, mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/2 cup water. Just before adding the beaten egg, stir in the cornstarch/water mixture, remove the soup from the heat, and then add the beaten egg.

 

Recipes to Help Oprah and You Lose Weight – From the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School

January 3, 2009

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Four years ago, when Oprah managed to get down to a trim and fit 160 pounds, she thought she’d hit on a foolproof formula for permanent weight loss. Then life—in the form of a thyroid problem and a killer schedule—intervened. Last year she was back up to the 200-pound mark and knew something had to change.

Its not just Oprah whose battling with the additional pounds, I’ve met so many people who have asked me to help them lose weight. End the starve – binge cycle. Eat healthy, feel healthy and be healthier.

Especially after the Christmas season, all those eat-all-you-can buffet parties, the alcohol, the snacking in front of the tv make one feel bloated and struggling to fit into your new clothes.

You are overweight for the most simple of reasons — because you’re eating the wrong foods, the wrong types of calories per meal, and you’re also eating meals in the wrong patterns each day.

My next blogs will set out my recipes to help Oprah and you lose that excess weight – and balance your ying and yang.  Most overweight people are yang (warm) types. So the kinds of food that should constitute the bulk of ones diet should be ying type of foods (see my earlier blog on what are ying and yang foods).

Wishing you best wishes and Sweet dishes

Lisa

BBC Films The Sweet Mandarin Cookery School and Lisa Tse

January 3, 2009

lisa-in-filming-session

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

Yin and Yang Foods – Can Balancing such foods improve your hair and skin?

January 3, 2009

chinese-girl-manga Balancing Yin and Yang can improve one’s hair and skin.

“The created universe carries the yin at its back and the yang in front; Through the union of the pervading principles it reaches harmony” (Lao tzu, Tao-te ching)

The below is a snapshot and for illustrative purposes only. Should you have any medical conditions, you should consult a doctor first including discussing your diet.

Foods differ in their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional effects and can be divided into three main types -those that are ‘balanced’ and some that are ‘Yin’ and some that are ‘Yang’. Yin foods are cooling, while Yang foods are warming to the human system. Together, Yin and Yang combined in balance produce an equalization that translates into health for living creatures.

Yin Foods (Cooling)

Extreme Yin – Tomatoes, Potatoes, Capsicums, Egglpants, Shiitake Mushrooms, Fruit, Spices, Herbs, Seasoning, Sugar, Alcohol, MSG, Soy Milk, Honey, Caffeine, Drugs (e.g. aspirin)

Yin – Yeasted bread, Leafy greens (e.g. asparagus, celery), Beans, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Milk, Tofu, Vinegar

Yang Foods (Warming)

Extreme Yang – Meat, Fish, Egg, Cheese, Salt, Miso,

Yang – Any root vegetables e.g. Carrots, Daikon, Parsnip, Turnips and Buckwheat

Neutral Foods

Brown Rice, Wheat, Azuki beans, Pumpkin, Cabbage, Seaweed, Sesame seeds, Sesame oil, Apples and Pears, Other vegetables (not mentioned above).

If you have low blood pressure or are easily cold, you have a Yin constitution. Eat more Yang foods to warm up the body e.g. spicy foods like garlic, cayenne, ginger, grains, legumes, roots and tubers, which are Yang.  Reduce your intake in Yin foods e.g. tropical fruits and dairy products.

If you have high blood pressure and always feverish, you have a Yang consitution. Eat more fruits, lots of green, leafy vegetables and avoid heavy meats.

To learn more about how to balance your Yin and Yang Foods, and receive recipes that focus on this aspect of balance and detox, book your place on the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School. Email Lisa Tse at sweetmandarin@gmail.com To find out more go to www.sweetmandarin.com

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