Can Do resonsibilityIt’s so cool that we get to cook at school.

I’ve never wanted to go into the kitchen and help Mum make dinner before, because, to be honest, I didn’t think I could do it properly. And I really LOVE my food and I didn’t want to mess it up. Because if I messed it up then we wouldn’t have anything to eat and that would be really awful. My stomach hurts and grumbles when it’s hungry.

But we’ve started doing cooking classes at school, as part of a bigger program that also includes gardening. The program was made up by some famous cook apparently – Stephanie Alexander? Anyway, it’s all about learning how to grow stuff in the garden at school, and then looking after the plants until they’re big enough to pick. Then we take them from the garden into the kitchen and make really yummy food with it.

I’m not mad about vegetables – what 9 year old is? – but I tell you what…I’ve learnt to eat so many more things than I would normally eat, because we’ve cooked them in a really yummy way.  Some kids still don’t want to try anything, but I give everything a taste, mostly because I just love food and don’t want to miss out if it’s any good! (If I’m really honest, some of the vegies haven’t been half as bad as I thought they’d be!)

We’ve made amazing soup with loads of vegies and noodles in it, and pizzas topped with all sorts of vegies and cheese. We’ve made cakes with berries and rhubarb, pumpkin scones, scrolls and slices.  It’s really quite amazing where you can hide vegies and fruit!

We always go to the kitchen on Wednesdays, after being in the garden on Tuesdays. It works well for me because I eat all the things we cook, then I also have my snack and lunch so I’m really full and energised for footy training on Wednesday nights.

The whole point of doing the kitchen/garden program (says my teacher) is that we understand where the “real food” comes from that then makes it into our food (she always does that weird inverted comma action thing with her hands when she says “real food”). It’s also to learn that it’s ok to try new things, especially things that are good for you. She did also say that it’s important for us to learn how to use kitchen knives and other tools like peelers and graters and pasta makers, so we can help our parents in the kitchen now, and not be completely useless when we grow up and move out!

So I helped Mum make dinner last night and it was pretty darn good! I chopped all the vegies (even the onion! Mum has special onion glasses that stop your eyes from crying when you cut onions – they’re hilarious but they work!) and boiled the water for the pasta.  We made pasta with tomato sauce and loads of vegies in it like silverbeet, capsicum, onion, garlic, zucchini and carrot. We even threw in some bacon which was delicious! We had twirly pasta which is my favourite, and I topped it with heaps of parmesan cheese….mmmm….

I really enjoyed eating what I’d cooked. I also felt really proud that Dad and Mum enjoyed the dinner. It made me feel good that I could be useful around the house. Maybe I won’t starve when I move out one day, after all.

(Achievement, p.5, Body, p.16, Health, p.39, Responsibility, p.66, – A for Attitude) 

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