Camp 2012

June 19, 2012

many of us usually think about where our food comes from. Some simply might think our food comes from the kitchen, or take it one step further to the grocery store. But before that, where does our food REALLY come from? Today we had an awesome opportunity to find out! We took a field trip to Kraut Run, an organic farm about 50 minutes west of St. Louis.  Not only do they grow a wide variety of crops including tomatoes, onions and garlic, but they raise their own chickens, ducks and goats too! Chris is the owner of the farm, and has been cultivating his 10 acres for the past 18 years.  He taught us a lot about the composting process, and some organic gardening techniques to avoid the use of pesticides and chemicals.  We even lent him a hand harvesting some garlic (and accidentally some onions), laying hay around potato plants and bundling wheat which will be turned into flour. Eating my sandwich and potato chips during a well deserved picnic lunch, I couldn’t help but wonder the journey these ingredients made in order to become part of my meal.

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After an exciting morning at Kraut Run, we returned back to SLU’s campus and into the food lab. We learned some interesting and fun nutrition facts regarding everyone’s most dreaded macronutrient…FAT! Personally, I think fat gets the short end of the stick because of all the hype there is regarding the “bad” fats or otherwise known as trans and saturated fats (solid fats). On the other hand, there are fats that are necessary for everyday living. These are known as the unsaturated fats (liquid fats). These fats are beneficial in raising one’s good cholesterol or HDL. Crazy right?!?!…there is actually good cholesterol for your body. The bad cholesterol for your body is known as LDL and is increased by trans and saturated fats. We even were able to visually observe the amounts of saturated and unsaturated fats in different servings of food by exam. I guarantee that after viewing those test tubes of fat one will definitely think differently about certain foods he or she eats and what those foods are doing inside of their bodies.

In terms of cooking this afternoon, each group tested their dough making skills with Pita and Pizza Dough recipes. Time, patience, and LOTS of flour are essential with dough making. I’d say no one left the kitchen without a little flour on themselves today 🙂 Lastly, while we were waiting for the dough to rise, we made Marinara Sauce for our Pizza and Pita Dough. That sauce will taste DELICIOUS on our homemade pizzas tomorrow…YUM!

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Camp 2012

June 18, 2012

Look out SLU! Teens and Food Trucks have invaded the Allied Health campus this week. The day started off with time spent in SLU’s very own garden. With guidance from our garden experts, Marilyn and Michelle, we planted a variety of melons and cucumbers as well as harvested newly grown turnips. We even were able to catch a glimpse of the chickens and honey bees that reside there. Nothing tastes better than freshly laid chicken eggs and harvested veggies!

After time spent in the garden, it was off to the Food Lab to start off the day’s cooking adventures. Chef Dan introduced us to this week’s theme of Food Truck foods as well as freshened up our culinary and knife skills. In the morning, we pickled our own vegetables with a Giardiniera recipe and topped it off with some homemade Salsa Verde.

During lunch, which was catered by the lovely Fresh Gatherings Cafe, we learned about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. An intense game of capture the flag followed and concluded with a group roll down the hill 🙂

Cooking in the afternoon was an extra special treat. Anyone with a sweet tooth beware! The pictures below may leave your mouth watering for Chef Todd’s scrumptious Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. We even melted and designed our own dark chocolate to top off this sweet treat.  Cupcakes, definitely the best recipe to finish off the day!

Stayed tuned for tomorrow…a trip to Huckleberry Farm and homemade pizza dough is on the menu. Now, please excuse me while I go taste test those cupcakes to make sure they are safe to eat 🙂

Camp 2012

June 15, 2012

Today, we began in the garden, and one of the first things the campers did was collect cucumber beetles (a foe of the garden.)  One group actually collected 16 cucumber beetles! Our plants will be happy those bugs are gone!

After collecting bugs, we continued to do other herb day activities.  The kids went to three different stations to do fun activities with herbs.

At one table, the kids could make their very own herb gardens! First, they filled their planter with soil, then each camper could pick which three herbs they wanted to grow.

Some of the most popular herbs were lemon balm, garlic chives, basil, lemon basil, dill, and cilantro.  Soon, these planters will be filled with delicious herbs!

We also make lavender wands–stalks of lavender bound together by ribbon.  It took some time, but they looked and smelled beautiful!

The campers also made booboo sap with Ms. Marilyn.  It is made of oil, water, beeswax, and herbs.  It’s great for soothing itches and sunburns!

When we went back into the kitchen, we had a lot of work to do! Each kitchen worked on a cassava cake and dulce de leche to drizzle on top.  The campers taste-tested the dulce de leche and loved it! They did an awesome job with that dessert!

Elena and Peter present their pot of delicious dulce de leche!

One of the ingredients was vanilla bean.  How does it taste, girls?

We also made shrimp and avocado ceviche.  Each kitchen got to de-vein their shrimp.  It took a lot of work!

Grant and David worked very hard at getting their shrimp ready to eat.

Finally, we mixed the ingredients together.  This shrimp and avocado ceviche is going to taste fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp 2012

June 14, 2012

Most of the time, we don’t like bugs. They bite us, sting us, eat our food. . . so who would have ever thought bugs might be a good thing? This morning, Marilyn, our resident gardener, taught the campers all about friends and foes of the garden. . . or in other words good bugs and bad bugs.

Campers learned that some bugs are necessary for plant reproduction, while others can rapidly destroy an entire bed of crops! To take a closer look at these insects we caught them in our bug jars!

Searching for bugs hanging around the water.

Foe- Captured!

Learning all about the acronym PLANTS

After having some fun in the dirt, we washed our hands and made some food!!

getting their hands dirty in a different way!!

doggie treats 🙂