Chaos Cooking and Moroccan Couscous

Chaos Cooking…

My sister challenged me to do something new every day.  Little did I know that I would be stumbling upon the next big internet community! It’s called Chaos Cooking and I actually got to meet the starter of the movement (wow). He’s from NYC, but he attended our Philly party as a friend of the host.

Basically, Chaos Cooking is an online group that allows you to make a profile and host a cooking party for other Chaos Cooking members in your city. Registering for a party opens your house to as many different cooks as you allow to prepare a dish in your kitchen. For example, my hosts opened it up for 30 different cooks. But, the leader of the movement said that he’s had 80 cooks in one NYC apartment before! Crazy.

The idea is that anyone in the area can come, but they have to bring ingredients/cooking tools to prepare and share a dish with the group. It’s really fun – but kind of messy and really chaotic at times. Luckily clean up is a part of the madness. :)

These were my party instructions:

Chaos Cooking Pittsburg

An international community of incredible people who share a passion for food, drinks and good conversations. Our staple event is called a “Chaos Cooking Social”. Everyone brings the ingredients for one dish and then cooks together in one space. All recipes must be finished and space returned to original condition by the end of the event, while everyone is socializing, enjoying drinks and eating tasty dishes. Featured in the NY Times and NPR.

What to bring:
Bring the ingredients necessary for a bunch of people to try a little bit of your dish.

Extra knives and cutting boards.
Bring some Tupperware or Ziploc bags to bring any extra food home.

Our good friends at the Brooklyn Brewery will be providing a bunch of free brew to everyone to celebrate their MASH Tour of Brooklyn culture. We’ve been having a great time touring around with them and you should definitely check out all the other amazing culture they are bringing with them. Feel free to bring some extra wine or special drinks in case we go late.

Lots of fun and interesting dishes…

My favorite dish of the night was a Moroccan Couscous. I probably went back for more at least THREE TIMES. Seriously. It was blowing my mind.

Moroccan Couscous

While I don’t know the exact recipe… I took some notes. I’ll definitely be trying to recreate this one at home. Do any of you do that?

Moroccan Couscous Recipe

Here’s a picture of some of the madness…

Chaos Cooking

My lovely and FUN hosts…

Chaos Cooking

Overall, a wonderful night. But, I’m really glad that I don’t actually have diabetes (I just think I do as a hazard of the job).  Most of the dishes prepared were carbohydrates.

Here’s a listing of the dishes with approximate carbohydrate content:

  • Moroccan Couscous (pictured above, 1/3 C = 15 grams of carbohydrate)
  • Vegetarian Sushi (10g of carbohydrate per bite of sushi)
  • Butternut Squash and Carrot Ginger Soup (1 cup of soup = 10-15 grams carbohydrate)
  • Turkey Stroganoff  (1 Cup = 30 grams of carbohydrate, less carbohydrate than the other dishes because of the pasta to meat/ vegetables ratio)
  • Pasta with Pink Sauce, Italian Sausage, and fresh Basil (1 Cup = 40 grams of Carbohydrate)
  • Spinach Pasta (1 Cup = 40 grams of carbohydrate)
  • Gourmet Dessert Belgian Waffles with Gelato, Caramel, Toasted Almonds and Bacon Crumbles (Who knows… too much to count. I would guess 80g for 1/4 of a waffle + modest filling and toppings).

I made the only non-carbohydrate containing dish… Kale Salad.

Quick Diabetes Education Reference Point: I recommend limiting carbohydrate to 45-60grams per meal for most persons with diabetes.

See! That’s exactly why I tell my diabetic patients, “When thinking about going to a party with an unknown menu… MAKE SURE YOU BRING SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT HAVE CARBS!”  Otherwise, you might be stuck with very few options, limited self-control, and a high blood glucose by the end of the night.

And, we all know you don’t want a high blood glucose because no one likes a tired, grumpy guest with a headache.

Don’t let it happen to you. :)

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