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Kitchen News 8th March 2016

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These next few weeks mark my 5th birthday at Bondi! How fitting that today Mr Forbes brought me in some popping corn that they had just harvested. ‘Our Very Own Popping Corn’ recipe – with one part with rosemary and thyme-infused olive oil, and the other a sweetened cumin, paprika and cinnamon butter topping – was on my very first menu! Also featuring was a recipe for ‘Juicy Juice’: preparing and peeling a combo of beetroot and carrot chunks, spinach, silverbeet, cucumber, celery, apples, tomatoes, oranges, strawberries, ginger and soft herbs. And also on the extensive menu of three dishes (!) Insalata Caprese, with tomatoes, bocconcini, basil and rocket… (a surefire winner of a salad that we’ve repeated lots of times, no less in the last menu!). The littlest cooks at the time, the Year 2 kids, are now in Year 7 and flown away, and that for me is the biggest sign of change, when children grow so quickly but everything else remains the same…

Fast-forward to 2016 and it’s pounding our paste and bruising the lemongrass stalks for Tom Yum soup, and scooping, mouli-ing and microplaning nutmeg for Potato gnocchi with burnt butter and sage, and also tossing the remains in olive oil with rosemary and flaked salt to make the crispiest Potato skins ever – an original Harry C-N idea..! We’re soaking, boiling and blending for our old fave: Ottolenghi’s hummus, and carefully refreshing heat-wilted leaves, in Rocket salad with poached eggs, and an initially stinky but ultimately delicious and savoury anchovy, lemon and olive oil dressing… and talking of recipes past, we revived the Brazilian Pao de queijo cheese balls that Ligia – our gardener from 2011 to 2103 – inspired from back in the day… And yes it does sound like a crazy menu but somehow it all works – chilli, cheese and all…

And thanks to all who responded to this column and came along to the tasting on Saturday 5th. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of dirty glasses! Watch this space for the next event.

And so happy Bondi birthday to me 🙂

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Kitchen Garden Holiday Program next week!

We still have a few spots left for our kitchen garden school holiday program extravaganza next week – Tuesday & Wednesday, 9.30 to 3pm, for kids aged 7 to 12, $85 with all food and activities included… message me here asap and I’ll send you on all the details!

 

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School holiday program!

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Getting stuck in!

I’m so excited to be able to announce 2 new dates for the Our Kitchen Garden school holiday program!

I’ll be opening the cottage in the autumn holidays on Tuesday 23rd April and  Wednesday 24th April for 2 full-day sessions – for students aged 7 to 12 – for more details click out the School Holiday Program tab at the top of the page!

And if you need any convincing, take a look at the photos and recipes from our previous classes in this blog – these kids love rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty!

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Beans and beans

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Holiday program menu for 7-12 year olds

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MENU
7 to 12 year olds

Introduction
Knife Licences
Good morning chooks!

MORNING TEA
Beetroot leaf, feta & sweet potato frittate*
Strawberry & mint muffins
Yotam’s hummus* with pita bread*
Herbal tea

Garden walk
Harvesting

LUNCH
Rocket linguine with broad beans, marjoram and garlic
Pizza with red onion, bocconcini and garden herbs*
Our spring salad with strawberries and flowers

Seedlings & seeds
Composting
Sustainability
Watch & Grow take home project
Goodnight chooks!

(the recipes for dishes marked with * have been featured on this site in a previous post, so please click on their links to access them)

The Our Kitchen Garden older students spent the whole day with us, from 9.30am until 3.30pm, and helped in every task. These are just some of the things we did during our day together:

  • Earned our knife licences by displaying our ‘bear paw’ & ‘spider crab’ hand positions and understanding how to behave around knives, and also how to carry, hold and clean them;
  • Followed recipes from beginning to end and understood all the procedures;
  • Made pizza and pasta dough from scratch;
  • Tended to the chooks;
  • Explored our five senses with the garden walk-around and herb identification;
  • Pounded the mortar & pestle, whizzed the stand mixer, sliced the mezzaluna, wheeled the pizza cutter;
  • Sautéed, boiled, fried, baked, stirred, tossed, spooned, grated, melted, brushed, rolled, proved, weighed, measured, chopped, sliced, diced, beat, whisked, juiced, folded, and more;
  • Cleared as we went, we washed up, we dried up, we set the cutlery, the glasses, the water jugs… and we ate! And then we cleared the tables and swept up;
  • Reinforced our belief to live sustainable lives: that is to try and remember to re-use, recycle or renew when possible;
  • Learnt about compost ‘lasagne’;
  • Understood the importance of seasonal and local produce;
  • And worked fabulously as a team, displaying focus and willingness to help!

And we all got the jobs done together & had a brilliant day!
Thanks a million to Ligia, Sharon & Dylan for all your invaluable help xx

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Our delicious holiday program!

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The holidays have been and gone and now it’s back to school for us all this week… I’m lucky to have had the pleasure of the company of some fabulous kids last week though, in our school holiday program in the Cottage at Bondi! We had full sessions on all the days and goodness me we made some great food!

All the children were great helpers, keen to accomplish all the tasks and procedures needed to get our dishes done – and even helped set the tables, stack the dishwashers, do the washing up and wipe the tables up as well as making morning tea AND lunch … an excellent job all ’round!

And we spent a little time in the garden, identifying and drawing the aromatic herbs that we harvested for our lunch… and potting some seedlings to take home for our watch and grow ‘Start A Veggie Patch’ project…

So here follows – over the next few days – the menus and recipes for the different sessions! Be inspired by these clever kids!

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A last minute school holiday idea – 2 places left!

We’ve got two places left for our school holiday program next week! One spot each day on Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October next week – jump to it if you haven’t arranged anything yet!

What could be better for your child than a day spent in the kitchen garden, learning all about spring vegetables, throwing dough, teamwork, cooking, eating, planting and chook care?!

Get in quick before somebody else does! Call me today on 0414 978 957

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Only 3 places available!

 

 

 

 

 

Two spots free on Tuesday 2nd October and one available on Wednesday 3rd – jump to it! Text your email address to 0414 978 957 & I’ll shoot you through a booking form right away…

I’m finalising the program’s menus in the next few days and I can’t wait to use all the beautiful spring produce that’s available: I’ve seen fat broad beans, juicy strawberries, crunchy beetroot, aromatic marjoram and so much more – yum yum – watch this space!

Mx

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Spring School Holiday Programs for 4 years and up!

Do you have a kid as-keen-as-a-bean in the garden and kitchen? Send them to us in the holidays to participate in a ‘Day in the Life’ of a Kitchen Garden School Program! We are offering a full-day program for 7 to 12 year-olds and also now a half-day mini-program for 4 to 6 year-olds!

Check out the School Holiday page on this site for more info… and take a look at my recent posts on this site with photos of the wonderful kids on our last school holiday program where we harvested, chooked, chopped, stirred, set and ate over the course of a full day… We’ve just announced some new dates so lock in a reservation for your Year 2 to Year 6 mini-Heston or Costa Georgiadis straight away!

And due to  overwhelming demand, I will be offering a half-day session on Friday for the little ones – so if you have a keen 4, 5 or 6 year-old wee wannabe cook who would like to feed the chooks, help me in the garden, and then cook up a storm for  morning tea and lunch – book them in ASAP!

Message me below if you have any questions!

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School holiday program July 2012

We  all had such a fab time in this first kitchen garden school holiday program! The children were so keen, so well-behaved, and SO helpful!

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM MENU

Introduction – Knife Licences – Chook care

MORNING TEA

Pumpkin, spinach & feta frittate – Rhubarb & mint muffins – Lemongrass tisane

 Garden walk – Harvesting

 LUNCH

Linguine with cavolo nero and herb sauce – Pizza with rocket, bocconcini and garden herbs – Our winter salad

Seeds – Composting – Sustainability

Watch & Grow Project

And these are some of the things they did during the day-long program:

  • Earned their knife licences by displaying ‘bear paw’ & ‘spider crab’ hand positions and understanding how to behave around knives, and also how to carry, hold and clean them;
  • Followed recipes from beginning to end and understood all the procedures;
  • Made pizza and pasta dough from scratch;
  • Tended to the chooks;
  • Explored their five senses with the garden walk-around and herb identification;
  • Pounded the mortar & pestle, whizzed the stand mixer, sliced the mezzaluna, wheeled the pizza cutter;
  • Sautéed, boiled, fried, baked, stirred, tossed, spooned, grated, melted, brushed, rolled, proved, weighed, measured, chopped, sliced, diced, beat, whisked, juiced, folded, and more;
  • Cleared as they went, washed up, dried up, set the cutlery, the glasses, the water jugs… and ate! And then cleared the tables and swept up;
  • Reinforced the belief to live sustainable lives: that is to try and remember to re-use, recycle or renew when possible;
  • Learnt about compost ‘lasagne’;
  • Understood the importance of seasonal and local produce;
  • And worked fabulously as a team, displaying focus and willingness to help!

We hope to see all the children again,and to welcome heaps more in the next holidays… and look out for all the recipes in the next few posts!

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School Holiday Program 2012

How exciting! We’ve just announced our inaugural School Holiday Program for 2012… Head on over to the School Holiday Program page to see the deets but I can also say we’ll be cooking (and digging!) up a storm!

These are some of the fab activites we’ll be doing:

Rolling hand-made pasta and throwing pizza dough for lunch –

Earning your own Our Kitchen Garden knife licence as we chop, slice and dice the organic herbs and veggies we’ve harvested from the garden –

Meeting and feeding the chooks –

Planting seeds for a take home ‘watch & grow’ project so bring your own plastic bottle destined for recycling or landfill –

Creating your own seasonal, local and organic morning tea and lunch while learning some amazing life skills in the kitchen and garden –

And of course, having fun!

LIMITED SPACES ONLY!

DOWNLOAD Our Kitchen Garden booking form HERE!

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