Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children
Last week l was telling you about how my nephews Bill and Bob have taken to growing vegetables.
Of course the next thing to learn about after gardening, is cooking, because once you have grown all your lovely produce, you will want to eat it!
So what did Bill and Bob learn to cook using the vegetables they had grown? Well, l’ll tell you.
Firstly, their mum taught them how to cook an omelette. lt was a good place to put their chives.
To make a chive omelette this is what you do.
Wash a small bunch of chives and snip them into little pieces using a pair of scissors.
Put a 15cm (or a similar size) frying pan on a high heat. Add a knob of butter and a little oil. lt is important to always put a little oil in with butter in a frying pan to stop the butter burning.
While that is heating, take two eggs and break them into a bowl. Put the shells into the compost bucket ready to put on your compost heap.
Add the chives and a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper to the eggs and whip them up with a fork until frothy. Swirl the melted butter around the pan so that it forms just a thin layer and add the eggs. Turn the heat down a touch. Count to five and then start pulling the sides of the omelette into the middle so that the runny egg runs to the sides and has a chance to cook.
You could put some grated cheese on the top as well if you wanted to. Get the cheese grated and ready to put in before you start cooking.
When there is still a bit of runny egg on the top, fold one half of the omelette onto the other and slide it off the pan onto a plate. The egg will continue to cook after it has been taken out of the pan. lf you leave the omelette in the pan for too long, it will become rubbery.
Then cook an omelette for everyone and lastly one for yourself.
*lt is a good idea to make sure you have everything you need laid out ready to use before you start any recipe. (You don’t want to leave the omelette because you have forgotten to find or prepare something – it will probably be overcooked when you come back.)
*lf you are new to cooking and you don’t work very fast you might want to get the omelette mixture ready before you put the heat under the pan. This might be the most sensible thing to do.
Then Bill and Bob’s mum showed them how to make a hot radish salad.
Make sure that your ingredients are washed.
Cut up some watercress, take a handful of radishes and cut each one in half, then chop up two spring onions with some kitchen scissors. Put everything into a bowl and add some cubes of cheddar cheese. Sprinkle some bean sprouts and salad dressing over the top.
There is nothing like eating your own crops!
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Love and kisses
Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Week
Bob: Waiter, waiter, this egg is bad!
Bill: Don’t blame me sir, l only laid the table!
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A chive plant with flowers
Chives ready for cooking
Spring onions have bigger leaves
Bean sprouts (blog post 79)
Salad and vegetables are good for your health
How many of these veggies do you eat?
THE SALTY SAM NEWS DESK
Bill and Bob’s mum likes them to eat a ‘traffic light diet’.
That is to say, foods that are red, orange and green: like tomatoes, carrots and broccoli.
To be honest they don’t like every kind of vegetable there is, so she bought a juicer in order to hide some of the things that are good for them but they don’t want to eat.
There are two kinds of juicer; one separates the juice from the solid part of the fruit and vegetables and the other munches up everything and you have to add water to make the pulp drinkable – it is more of a very strong liquidizer really.
People in Britain say that you should eat five or even seven kinds of fruit and vegetables every day and fruit juice only counts as one of the five or seven because otherwise you are not getting enough fibre from what you are eating. (That is not so true with the second kind of juicer.)
In other countries people have different ideas. In France you are supposed to have ten a day and in Japan it is seventeen!
Bill and Bob’s mum says as long as you put an apple or pear or pineapple slices in the juice it should taste nice but Bill and Bob have been trying lots of different recipes because they wanted to see what they thought.
They like the way the juice magically changes colour when they add another ingredient.
They especially like raspberry and apple together and also coconut milk, pineapple and mint tea together.
Don’t forget you must wash your teeth 2-3 times a day – but not immediately after a meal.
BILL AND BOB’S JUICING REPORT
When Bill and Bob’s mum bought her new juicer, she decided to let Bill and Bob use it because she thought that they would be more interested in it if they were involved in making the juices.
The kind of juicer she bought was called a cold press juicer or masticating juicer which is supposed to produce the best juice.
Bill and Bob were always under supervision. It was difficult for them to take the juicer apart and put it back together without adult help, but they took it in turns to wash the parts. Because the parts didn’t have any sharp edges this was quite easy to do.
The parts could also be put into the dishwasher.
The first thing they tried was carrot juice, and they didn’t like it much.
The next thing they tried was cucumber, and they liked that better but they weren’t too impressed.
Their mum said it would probably be better if they hid bits of vegetables in fruit juice. Things like the end of a cucumber or pepper or the remaining spinach in a bag before it went soft and got wasted!
In fact, Bill and Bob are very good at eating vegetables with their dinner and they even like eating some of their vegetables raw as well; vegetables like carrots and peas.
So then they tried to juice some fruit.
Their mum had made a white coat for each of them out of some old sheets and they made themselves some clipboards out of pieces of cardboard and a bulldog clip.
This made them look like serious scientists before they started their investigations.
They said that they will have their report ready for you very soon.
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HOW TO MAKE MY CHEF’S GLOVES
Well, I expect that you have made my apron by now, and of course I must have some oven gloves to go with it if I am to take my baking out of the oven without hurting my hands.
Or you may be waiting to make my hat, apron and gloves altogether if you haven’t got much material to use and you want to cut them all out at the same time.
Anyway, these are the instructions for my oven gloves and the hat instructions will be coming along soon.
- Use the ends of your Salty Sam toy pattern. Draw around the hand and wrist onto another piece of paper and add 1cm/½ inch all the way around.
- Cut out your paper pattern.
- Fold over a piece of patterned fabric (22cm/9 inches x 10cm/4 inches to ensure that you have two pieces that are a mirror image of each other and cut out two patterned fabric pieces.
- Cut two pieces of felt in the same way.
- Putting right sides of fabric together sew a felt shape to a fabric shape using a 5mm seam around sides of hand and wrist.
- Hem around the bottom.
- Turn right sides out.
These oven gloves match the chef’s apron in Blog Post 79.
Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.
It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.
Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.
©Christina Sinclair Designs 2008
Quick Quiz Answers
- arrcots – carrots
- gourecttes – courgettes
- asep – peas
- eelks – leeks
- oopaets – potatoes
- aenbs – beans