Spring is in the air. Butterflies are everywhere and children are squirley.
Perfect time to wrap the school year up with healthy garden recipes grown, made, shared, by students.
Eat from a rainbow! Fresh fancy your foods!: My mantra for the last two weeks and next two weeks. To eat from a rainbow means eating all kinds different color foods from nature. Not skittle rainbow colors. At the end of the day, we should think back and note we ate a variety of different colors.
Fancy fresh your foods mean to find ways to sneak in some fresh foods into prepared foods like spaghetti sauce, saimin, smoothies, and quesadillas. A handful of spinach in a smoothie is a great way to camp something you don't really want to eat.
Last week, we fancied up rice with a stir fry from the garden. Colors like green, red, orange, yellow appeared. Kids started cutting and tearing. Chatting with each other in an ancient dance of humans - preparing food together. Smells started temping even the biggest doubter. Shoyu sealed the deal.
We ate everything on banana leaf plates with our fingers. Mostly. Students declared delight and horfed down seconds like it was bbq or something.
Kids will eat plain sautéed fennel and go off about how awesome it was on if they grew it. Even better if they cooked it.
Ms Krista says:
Everyday encounters with real garden sprites; tortuous panorama of the surf; old-growth collards; machete lessons; mantis rehab; pesto pasta. Days as a public school garden teacher on the Big Island are filled with unexpected gems of wisdom and infinite inspirations. Introducing my life as a school garden teacher...