This week we have been spending time making connections between food and home through cooking projects. We have done a lot of cooking projects this year, and this week’s cooking is meant to add to some of the recent curriculum. I have referred to the recipes we have cooked this week as “special recipes” because they are coming to us from your families and some have been passed down from grandparents or friends. Today SH asked me “what is the special recipe we are making today?” It is clear that the children find them special as well and they have been excited to learn about what foods feel special to their peers and why. This part of our curriculum is intentionally coming after we have spent some time thinking about what home means to all of us. Food can be such a strong holder of memories and way of connecting to each other. By learning about, cooking, and tasting special recipes from each other’s homes we are getting glimpses into what makes each other’s family lives special. This part of the curriculum around food is also acting as a bridge to some bigger topics that we will explore next week around hunger and houselessness. All of this will culminate in a service project benefiting Sisters of the Road right before break. We are starting all of this work with some inner reflection and conversations around how we identify with home. Below are the special recipes from 4 families that we are making this week in the order that we will make them.
LG’s Special Crepes
-1 cup flour
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup white sugar
-splash of vanilla
-Pan on medium-low heat, 1/3 cup of batter for each crepe, 2-3 minutes on each side
MH’s Special Muffins
CL’s Special Dutch Baby
-1 cup flour
-1 cup milk
-1/2 of butter in the pan
HE’s Special Buns
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/2 cup shortening (combined with above sugar and egg)
-1 cup lukewarm water
-1 tsp sugar
-1 package or tablespoon yeast (combined with water and above sugar and let sit for 10 mins then combine with the rest)
-1.5 cups cold or lukewarm milk
-5-6 cups flour
-2 tsp salt
-Combine last 3 ingredients together adding the flour 2 cups at a time. Mix with hands until it gets thick.
-Let rise to 2x in size (2-3 hours) covered with towels in warm place
-Punch down and knead then let double again
-Make into buns, put on greased cookie sheet, push down each bun. Let buns rise again (2-3 hours) covered in plastic and towels.
-Brush each bun with oil on top and let bake for 20 minutes at 350.
Thank you for sharing your family recipes with us!