With Mardi Gras right around the corner, PS Faculty and Staff took to baking this week in the most recent PS Pop-up. Former cooking school owner and second grade teacher, Patricia Tamminga, brought her culinary expertise to the second floor island. “The pop up fosters meaningful connection among peers in a relaxed setting - it’s bonding with co-workers outside of the classroom and confines of the school day. A pop up is also a fun way to try something new or something you enjoy with others.” said Tamminga.
Stemming from the Biblical story of the three kings who bring gifts to baby Jesus, king cake has become a staple for people celebrating Epiphany. A delicious blend of coffee cake and cinnamon rolls, the cake is usually iced in bright yellow, green, and purple – the colors of Mardi Gras – and is frequently packed with fruit fillings and even rich cream cheeses. This decadent pastry has roots far beyond the shores of the Gulf Coast. In France, it is called a galette des rois and is filled with frangipane. In Germany and Switzerland, it’s a Dreikönigskuchen (three kings cake) that is shaped like a wreath. Bolo-rei in Portugal, Roscón de Reyes in Spain, and Vasilopita in Greece. Each region has its own special spin on the tasty pastry and the féve that is made of different materials and can represent various things.
“PS Pop Ups are opportunities for PS faculty and staff that "pop up" throughout the school year, and even over the summer, encouraging connection and building community,” said Christy Heno, Dean of Faculty. “They are a fun way for faculty and staff to relax and get to know each other better across divisions and departments. Past PS Pop Ups have included fishing in Galveston, happy hours, stitching classes, yoga classes, museum tours, movies, and more.” This offering was so popular that a second class was scheduled.
“Christy had asked me about doing a baking pop up in the fall. Making king cakes with kids has always been one of my favorite traditions so I thought let’s try it with adults,” said Tamminga. “King cake is a great take and bake recipe so we didn’t need to be in a kitchen. It can also be used to make cinnamon rolls so it’s a versatile recipe too.” The participants had such a blast testing their pastry skills and honing in on their Signature bakes. Laissez les bons temps rouler!