Our peas were ready (we had a sneaky taste the week before) and we decided to cook with them. Sometimes children take the vegetables home, sometimes we give them away but it is nice to be able to try out recipes with them.
It wasn’t easy thinking of something child friendly to cook with peas but a quick google led me here http://www.peas.org/recipes-pea,-ham-and-cheese-muffins.html.
I thought they sounded quite nice but Victoria (Our fantastic TA that leads our cooking club) looked a bit dubious!
Anyway, we pressed ahead, the children picked all the peas and enjoyed eating as many as they put in the bowl! Recipe duly followed and the muffins came out of the oven. Pretty good was the general consensus! Even a couple of teachers who tried them gave them the thumbs up!
What was really nice however was seeing the enthusiasm in which the children wanted to try the peas. Of the 12 children, 10 genuinely enjoyed them – 2 tried but really didn’t like them. Encouraging them to try – and enjoy the things that they have grown is the one of the most important things about the club.
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Right the way back in week 6, we planted our free mixed salad leaves that were sent to us by Morrisons as part of their Let’s Grow scheme. They have been in the (unheated) greenhouse since then with the children carefully watering them each week and watching their progress. Despite the cold weather, they have done really well and we decided that this was the week to pick them.
Although we had to cheat with shop bought cucumbers and tomatoes (until our own are ready later in the year) we made the most delicious salads. All the children gave them a try and although not everyone liked all of the leaves (too spicy!) everyone could pick their favourite.
We also planted our peppers (Cayenne, Chilli Apache) today and put them inside on the windowsill with the tomatoes.
Half term next week then it will feel like we are inching ever closer to getting really stuck in to our planting.
So, our parsnips have been in for months now and looked like they were happily growing. It is the first year that gardening club has attempted them so we weren’t sure what to expect when we dug them up. Our fantastic cookery TA, Victoria was on standby to make soup (with a few shop bought parsnips just in case!)
We braved the cold and went out into the garden and started digging….Well, I don’t think any of us could believe our eyes! They just got bigger and bigger as we pulled them up! A few strange curly ones aside, we really did have a bumper crop!
Back into the warm and Victoria led the session where we made parsnip soup and bread rolls. The perfect snack for a cold winter lunchtime.
We even had enough left over to sell at our winter fair.
The first week of a new term and this means a new gardening club. Each class teacher in the school chooses one member of the class to be in the club and this way we get 12 children, two children from each year group 1 – 6. The club meets every Friday lunchtime and the children stay in the club for the whole year.
And so to this weeks task……apple picking. The trees that we planted a couple of years ago, while small in size, have apples bending their branches to the floor with fruit! A quick visit from the Ham and High (a local newspaper) to document the event then the children enthusiastically pick all the fruit. Inside, the apples are sliced and boiled, the crumble is mixed and within the hour each child has a piping hot crumble from the oven. There are even a few spare for the teachers…Yum!