Monday, July 12, 2010

let the children cook: for their parents

Welcome to our progressive lunch.

Kids harvesting, preparing, cooking and serving food to their parents.

Our mission at preschool
To host the pre-lunch nibbles and drinks before sending the parents down to big school for entree, main and dessert.

Our Menu

Avocado Dip
Vegetable Platter
Lemon Grass Tea

We worked hard all morning: picking, cutting, juicing and mixing.  We called on the skill of our advanced handlers to chop the tomatoes for the dip.  They need a sharper knife due to their squish-factor:

Over at team lemon, there was a lot of juicing going on:

Celery and cucumber proved to be the perfect veggies to practice cutting skills.  There was no stopping them and we ended up with WAY more than we needed:

Meanwhile our harvesters were collecting herbs and lemon grass from the herb garden, which they then cut up with scissors:

Our decoration team was hard at work:

and then all that was left to do was to wait for our families to arrive:

to share the fruits of our labours.  It was a big success!

Here is our recipe for delicious lemon grass tea:

Lemon Grass Tea
(a refreshing iced version)

■4 stalks lemongrass, very finely sliced

■2 cups boiling water

■2 cups soda water

■2 tablespoons honey


1.Place sliced lemongrass in a teapot, pour 2 cups boiling water over it. Cover and infuse until it cools.

2.Strain the tea into a jug, add honey and stir well. Refrigerate.

3.Place ice cubes into 4 glasses.

4.Stir 2 cups of soda water into the lemongrass tea, pour into the prepared glasses.

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    Donna :) :)

  2. Oh I so want to have these kinds of experiences at my school. So perfect! Maybe we'll get there soon. I just got approved to spearhead a "green room" in an empty area for gardening, messy art work, etc. We don't have the outdoor space like you, but we will make do. Your blog is such an inspiration!

  3. This is such a terrific idea.

    I want to incorporate that this year with my NEST (young children 3-5) and well as the older children (Earth School 7-12). Just FANTASTIC! They will LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing!

    happy day!