NIE students celebrate local cuisine
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Student teachers from the National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Club rolled up their sleeves to learn traditional local recipes and acquire good cooking habits from senior citizens from the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) on Saturday, 25 June 2011.
Popular local dishes like Thosai with Indian chutney sauce and Jemput-Jemput Pisang (also known as banana fritters) were on the menu under the watchful eyes and loving demonstration of two senior citizens, affectionately known to the student members as Auntie Kim and Auntie Seeni. The mentors shared their signature dishes to the enthusiastic students with demonstrations from how to prepare the ingredients for cooking to the finishing touches.Titled as “Grandma’s In the Kitchen!” the workshop meets the many common objectives of the NIE club which is to forge stronger interaction between its members and the local community. Held at an NIE food laboratory facility, the theme of the workshop was borne from an idea started by the NTU Welfare Services Club Patchworks several years ago, the cookout also encouraged closer ties between NIE and NTU students.
Ms Khoo Lee Kuan, Vice Chairperson of NIE students’ Family and Consumer Sciences Club says: “This workshop was certainly meaningful towards bridging the generation gap between the elderly and the younger members of the NIE community. Besides, with the advent of fast foods and convenience foods in this globalising world, it is our hope that the workshop will be a small but definitive step towards picking up life skills such as simple home-cooking, as well as the promotion of family values through interaction with the pioneers of Singapore. With the good response for the inaugural workshop and positive feedback from the participants, FCS Club hopes that the participation numbers will steadily grow so that this cooking workshop can be a regular club feature event.”
Source: STOMP Youthphoria, sph