Thai Fish cakes and Chicken Tagine

This week the group wanted to make something that would warm everyone up on such a miserable day. We thought about what ingredients and recipes we could use to achieve this.

The group decided on some spicy Thai fish cakes to start and a warming Moroccan chicken tagine as a main.

Thai Fish Cakes:

To make these you will need white fish fillets, fish sauce, Thai red curry paste, fresh coriander, spring onions, 1 egg, dried chilli flakes, lime (juice and zest), flour for dusting and oil for frying.

First the group had to chop the coriander, spring onions and fish very finely. 
Cutting up the fish.
We then mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl.

We then shaped the mixture into small fish cakes and dusted with flour, this was a very messy job!

We then shallow fried them.

We then served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce:

Moroccan Chicken Tagine.

For this you will need skinless chicken thighs, onion, garlic, ras el hanout, cinnamon stick, ground ginger, runny honey, tinned chopped tomatoes, green pitted olive and harissa paste.

First we heated a little oil in a pan and fried the chicken to seal in the flavour and moisture, we then added the onions and garlic. Once the onion and garlic and softened we added the rest of the ingredients and let the tagine simmer for 40 minutes.
Once this was cooked we served with cous cous seasoned with spring onions, coriander and lemon juice.

Everyone enjoyed the tagine and said it was especially warming and perfect for a winters day. 
We all had a really good time working together to create these lovely dishes. 

Back to work in the studio

This week Made 2 Dance are getting straight back to work and beginning their next Arts Award.

As part of their arts award each member will have to lead a warm up, the group practiced this today as each member contributed a movement to the warm up..

Stretching our arms.

Can you touch your toes?
The group then did some floor work and talked about how spacing is important in dance.

The group then started rehearsing a narrative dance based on a poem called ‘In the Puddles’. 
Learning brand new choreography!
Made 2 Dance were taught about using movements to represent the words of the poem. They will need to use this knowledge to create some of their own interpretations of parts of the poem in the upcoming weeks.
Made 2 dance had a busy evening learning more about leading a warm up, spacing and floor work and even some exciting new choreography!

Wizard of Oz the DVD!

This week the group got the opportunity to watch back their wonderful performance! 
We got the popcorn ready…

…And proceeded to watch the Wizard of OZ , The Diverse performance..

It was great for the group to see what they looked like on stage and how the performance looked from the audience point of view. Everyone really enjoyed the DVD and everyone wants a copy, which is a steal at only £5.00. If you or anyone you know wants a copy please get in contact with Diverse Dance.

The group was then surprised with Certificates to celebrate their amazing performance at Made in Lambeth (see previous post). Their performance was incredible and the group got the whole audience up and dancing!

A well deserved certificate of achievement!

Made in Lambeth was a brilliant experience and the whole group put their all into their performance.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Today we are celebrating Chinese New Year with some healthy Asian Cuisine.

To start the group members found a recipe for 5 spice turkey and lettuce wraps. 
The group wanted to try these out as they are low in fat but included lots of spices to boost the flavour.

To make these you will need Turkey mince, fresh ginger, red bell peppers, water chestnuts, Hoisin sauce, chinese 5 spice, spring onion, carrot and lettuce.

Firstly fry off the turkey mince and the grated fresh ginger in a little sesame oil.
Add the 5 spice and hoisin sauce, then add the vegetables and mix for a couple of minutes. You want the vegetable to still be crunchy.

Then put a couple of table spoons of the turkey mixture into a lettuce leaf and serve..

Everyone agreed that it was a very tasty starter!

Vegetable Stir Fry

The group also wanted to cook a vegetable stir fry.
The group wanted to pick the vegetables when they went out shopping based on what looked the best.
So we got:

Spring onions 
Red, green and yellow peppers
Mange tout

The group had to wash and slice up all these vegetables, a great opportunity to work on our knife skills. The group know that it is very important to use sharp knives safely and its always great to get some practice in.

We then fried all the vegetables in a little bit of sesame seed oil and added soy sauce and Chinese 5 Spice.

We served the vegetable stir fry with some white rice.

The group said that they enjoyed all the flavours of this dish and felt good that they had made vegetables taste so exciting!

We spoke about how these vegetables give us the nutrition, vitamins and energy we need to be healthy and happy.

Made in Lambeth

On Saturday 11th January made to dance successfully auditioned for a spot in the Made In Lambeth talent show. Now the pressure is on to get everything perfect for the show on Monday 27 January.

Made In Lambeth has been organised by Se1 united, a youth led organisation focused on positive social change, education and engagement for young people. You can find out more about them at

Made to dance are very excited to be part of this project and are incredibly proud to have impressed the audition judges and secured a spot in the talent show!

Rehearsals are going well and everyone is dedicated to putting together another fantastic performance.

Made In Lambeth talent show is being held at The Festival Village, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX. Doors open at 18.30 and the show starts at 19.05. To get your tickets all you need to do is phone Alison on 07905 497 037 or email your requests to