Curry isn’t just a powdered substance that sits in your spice rack at home.  Curries are actually a mixture of a dozen or more spices, depending on their cultural origin and how the curries are to be used.

This December, Allan Hancock College Community Education will offer a Cultural Aspects of Food: Exploring The World of Curries class that demonstrates the various kinds of curries and how they lend themselves to international culinary specialties and current eating trends.  The class will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. on the Santa Maria campus, room J-14.  The fee is $20.

Students will learn about the different spices from Thailand, India, the Caribbean and Indonesia and will prepare and sample dishes such as pineapple, beef and chicken curries, as well as increasingly popular vegetarian dishes that integrate curries.  Many of the ideas learned can be used to “spice up” holiday meals.

Students can register online at www.hancockcollege.edu.  Log on to myHancock, click the “Student” tab, then “Register/Add/Drop/Search Classes.”  The class CRN is 21466.  This class can also be located under HOEC 7007 in the fall 2010 Schedule at a Glance.

All new students and students without a user name and password must first apply to the college before registering for classes.  Access the online admission application by clicking the link under “Apply Community Education (Spectrum) Fall 2010 and Spring 2011” on the homepage.

For more registration information, view the documents posted under “Tips for Successful Registration” on the AHC website.

Students may also register in person at Community Education (bldg. S) on the Santa Maria campus between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information, call 922-6966 ext. 3209.