Day 1 of India Week: Exploring a New Cuisine

We began our day down in the garden as Marilyn and Erin taught us a little about what it’s like to work in a garden. We reviewed the importance of respecting ourselves, each other, the tools, and of course the vegetation in the garden. After the quick review, Marilyn, our master gardener, taught the kids about what an African Bag Garden is. Due to frequent unrest in Africa, many natives have learned to make gardens that they can transport if they were to be uprooted from their homes. To do so, they plant gardens in bags so they can carry them with them no matter where they relocate to!

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We headed back inside and up to our kitchens after some hard work planting our transportable gardens! There we discussed safety in the kitchen and learned some basic knife skills such as cutting an onion and ginger root! From there we broke out into separate kitchens and the kids went to work! We made mustard greens and Ghee (clarified butter) and then had a nutrition education lesson before lunch and physical activity. We played an exciting game of kick ball and even did a round of campers v. counselors…needless to say, the campers were much better than the counselors!

Heading back up to the kitchen we continued to cook until the end of our long but wonderful day at camp making Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese dish) which they brought home to you and another popular dish in India, Lentil Dal.

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