Wednesday, November 30, 2011

a bucket full of radishes

There is so much joy and satisfaction in cooking food you have grown yourself.  

How exciting that so many preschool and primary children around Australia are getting their hands dirty and growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food as a community.  The wonderful Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation has tons of useful information if you are interested in learning more.

Our own kitchen garden harvest last week was a bucket load of pretty impressive looking radishes.

The simple things in life are often the best.  A simple task like preparing a radish for cooking is incredibly popular.  The sensory, hands-on experience of scrubbing the dirt off the veggies is always a winner:

Then it is time to set the kids free with the real kitchen tools to peel the radishes:

To cook, we simply season and bake in the oven on a tray with a few splashes of olive oil.  Delish!

Some of these kids hadn't eaten radish before - and still more would have turned their noses up at the mere thought of it.

The beauty of being meaningfully involved in preparing your own home grown food is that you just can't resist the opportunity to try it:

In fact, you dig in before we even have the chance to plate up!  (That's Masterchef terminology for the uninitiated).

We love the simplicity of preparing our veggies in this way.   Just have a look at our:

::: Potato Slinky Chips
::: Roast Veggie Slinkys

And while you are clicking away at links, click on over to Happy Hooligans and see what playful learning fun the kids had with corn cobs.  

What have you been cooking lately?

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