I was panicked when the phone rang at ten of six yesterday morning. A school cancellation would have been disastrous. I had about $40 worth of groceries waiting to be cooked and eaten as a holiday celebration in my class. Luckily, the call was for my husband and children in a neighboring district. I tiptoed out of the house, relieved that I could wrap up the week as planned and that I wouldn't have to make up this day in June.
We spent an hour and a half in the morning cooking an internationally themed meal. We haven't quite finished the human body systems unit yet, but in mid-January we'll turn our focus to world geography.
Kids selected which recipe they wanted to prepare and worked with three fantastic parent volunteers, preparing egg roll, a taco pie, and tiramisu. They also peeled potatoes which I dunked in a bowl of water until it was time to peel and shred them for latkes. Music played, everything went smoothly -- we even stayed on top of the dishes during the lag times in each recipe's preparation!
|Now this is how you mash beans!|
|Shredding cabbage (above) and rolling egg roll (several pictures below).|
|cooking a (zabalone) custard|
|layering coffee-soaked ladyfingers|
|and whipping cream the old fashioned way.|
Then we ate!
|It couldn't be done without parent volunteers!|
Everyone washed their dishes, we cleaned up the room, and voila! Happy New Years were exchanged and the room was empty.
Happy New Year to all!