Garden Salad: Our cooking activity this time did not involve any cooking. Instead the children were given information about the importance of vegetables, particularly raw veg., in our diet. We are very lucky indeed to incorporate this with the importance of fresh produce as well, as Holme Grange has its own poly tunnel. So, we walked to the poly tunnel and picked up our lettuce. To say that the poly tunnel is just a stone’s throw away from LG is a bit of an exaggeration – I am sure most of us could throw a stone further! Unfortunately, the cucumbers and tomatoes were not yet ready; the children thoroughly enjoyed picking the lettuces, carrying them back to nursery and carefully washing them. Lettuce leaves were roughly torn, cucumbers were impressively chopped and tomatoes were squashed and chopped! They were all added to a large bowl and tossed. The salad was put in cartons for the children to take home. We then whisked up a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey, which we put in separate sandwich bags to be added to the salad just before eating.
Some of the feedback received was, ” I don’t know how it tasted, Mummy ate it all up!” Â ” I only ate the cucumbers, I like cucumbers.” And this from a Mum, ” My boys had never been tempted to try lettuce before, but they brought it home, carefully mixed the dressing with the salad, ate it all up and said that they Â enjoyed it!” – thank you Mrs. P.
Â Â The children looked at the different vegetables that we had to cook and then decided what ones they would like to cut up.
” I’m cutting the celery”
I think if you could smell the smells in the kitchen whilst cooking you would be very hungry, they all done such a great job..
Â Â Once the ‘boring part’ (waiting for the vegetables and noodles to cook) was done the children took turns to scoop the noodles and vegetables into a cup ready to take home.
Â Â What vegetables can you see inside?
Â “This smells yummy…look”
“Can I eat mine now?” Â Â
Â Â ” I have lots of vegetables on my noodles ”
“Is this small enough Mr Brombley?”Â
Â Â We may have a few budding young chefs in our midsts
” I like the noodles but in my cup they will taste nice “
Â ” the celery is green no I have lots of orange in mine ”
Some of the children was a bit funny about the smells of some of the ingredients but they all chose to put a few of each in their cooking. Â Â
Â Â Â ” what are the green things”