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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Seed to Mouth 6/25/08

Yum! Today was stir fry and noodles day. It was a big hit! And luckily we made a lot of food, because at 5pm, the room was packed with 20 hungry youth, all looking forward to the meal cooked by their friends. Everyone liked what we made, and broccoli was popular! Always a great thing to hear, seconds for veggies. 

Veggie Stir Fry Over Noodles

  • two packages rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 5 to 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • sweet or snow peas
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 bunches bok choi
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. bring a pot of water to boil
  2. add noodles, stirring occasionally on medium heat until soft
  3. heat oil, onions, garlic, soy sauce and ginger in a wok on medium heat for 2 minutes
  4. add carrots and broccoli and cook for another 5 minutes
  5. last add peas and bok choi and cook for 2 minutes
  6. add soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste
  7. serve over hot rice noodles

Monday, June 23, 2008

Seed to Mouth

The fabulous chefs of Seed to Mouth cooking class

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Seed to Mouth 6/18/08

Today we had a fabulous cooking class making tortillas from scratch, heaped with delicious pinto beans, rice, and fresh-made salsa and guacamole! The youth also made a yummy salad harvested from the garden, so the tacos were full of healthy goodness. Everyone had a great time being in charge of their own element of the dinner, with about 3 people to each cooking team. This gave each group the opportunity to spice their own food, and get full credit and responsibility for their part of the meal, and it was tasty indeed. The extra treat was getting Nora's mom to be our visiting cooking teacher for the evening! She was a great help and inspiration with the tortillas, what a success!

Flour Tortillas
(makes 12)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water or more if needed 
  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder
  2. With a fork, gradually work in the oil until it is all mixed
  3. Add enough warm water to make a soft but not sticky dough
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for 5 minutes
  5. Divide the dough into 1/4 cup portions and form them into twelve balls
  6. Roll each ball flat round about 6 inches in diameter and 1/8 inches thick
  7. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium high heat
  8. Place the tortillas one at a time into the dry hot skillet
  9. Cook until brown on one side, then turn and brown the other side
  10. Remove from skillet and keep warm wrapped in a cloth towel

Friday, June 13, 2008

Last Day in the Garden! (for now)

Today we did a trivia review game to look back at everything we learned, and each youth had great things to share based on the knowledge they gained. Time has been well spent in the garden! 

This summer we will be embarking on longer trips with workshops in different areas of green jobs, so we will be taking a break from our regular days spent in the garden until fall. Look at all the sad faces! Just kidding. Everyone is looking forward to the start of summer, we will be having lot of adventures very soon. 

The BEETs are off to a great start, we look forward to harvesting all of their hard work come fall, when the corn, beans, and squash they planted will be ready. In the meantime, the BEETs are welcome to harvest the crop they planted as it becomes ready, including the chard, lettuce, kale and beets!