What’s Cooking in the Outdoor Classroom?

It’s hard to believe winter break is already here!  Our garden has been very fruitful this fall, producing some incredible produce!

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In our last weeks before winter break, we celebrated our bountiful harvest by cooking.

Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade students made swiss chard and sorrel pesto.

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They harvested and prepared the greens…

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Then used mortars and pestles to grind them with sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and parmesan cheese!

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Despite initial hesitations, all but a few of our students loved the pesto.  There were many requests for seconds and thirds!

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2nd graders made kale smoothies just like our 4th graders did earlier this year.  They also illustrated recipes to take home.

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(One of our students is a future advertiser– “Only six easy steps!”)

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4th grade students made their third kale recipe– kale salad.

And 5th grade students made brassica fried rice- the same dish that 2nd grade students made in honor of Food Day.

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While the 5th graders were waiting for their turn at the cooking station, they looked at examples of recipe illustrations…

And then drew their own!

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Green Club has also done a lot of cooking this semester.  Earlier in the year they made a plant parts salad, using:

  • Carrots and radishes (roots!)
  • Celery (stems!)
  • Lettuce (leaves!)
  • Nasturtiums (flowers!)
  • Persimmons (fruit!)
  • Pumpkin seeds (seeds!)

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 This week, they used what they learned earlier in the semester to compete in a cook-off!

First, each team received a recipe guide.

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Then they discussed their strategy with their teammates and began harvesting (in the rain!)

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They had 35 minutes to prepare their salads.

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While they were cooking, they earned points for cleanliness, safety, cooperation and harvesting technique.

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Their end results were beautiful!

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Finally, they presented their dishes to Ms. Duncan, who awarded points for taste and presentation.

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It was a close race– team 1 won, but only by two points!

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Both teams did a fantastic job!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season!  See you in 2015!

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One Response to What’s Cooking in the Outdoor Classroom?

  1. Yum!! So many veggies to go around and delicious cooking lessons. Great work Kristin!

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