Week 7, 2014: Italy from North to South
Welcome to Week 7 of Culinary Camp! This week, our campers will be exploring Italian cuisine!
To start our week off, the campers got a tour of the garden that they will be working in for the rest of the week. They met with the master gardner, and she taught the campers about having an organic garden and what different tools they can use in the garden. We then got to plant four different types of potatoes!
After the garden, we all headed up to the food lab where the campers made their own lunch!
After lunch, we went outside for a little bit of physical activity and to learn a little bit about sun safety and skin cancer.
The campers then headed back into the kitchen to make a few more recipes to end their day!
We started off our Tuesday by heading to an organic farm, EarthDance! We got a tour of the farm and learned more about organic farming and gardening. The campers even got to hold a chicken! After we finished the tour, we headed to the kale beds where we helped the farmers weed the bed and clear the kale of any pests that might be harming the crops.
We headed back to campus to learn to make fresh mozzarella cheese with Chef Steve!
Today was herb day in the garden! The campers started off their morning with a quick guided tour of the herb garden. They tasted, smelled, and touched different herbs and learned about the growing variety of herbs in SLU’s very own garden. Then, the campers were able to use the herbs in making their very own Boo Boo salve, a healing ointment made from oil and beezwax, and herb lemonade! They were also able to plant their very own herbs in planters to take home and use!
How to make our herb lemonade at home:
4 cups water
1/2 cup simple syrup (1 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup boiling water)
5 fl. oz lemon juice
A large handful of fresh herbs (mint, basil, lavender, etc!)
-Smash the herbs, simple syrup, and lemon juice together to release the natural oils of the herbs using a fork or spoon. Add in the water and ice. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain the lemonade and enjoy!
. Our Boo Boo salve is made from heating oil and herbs on the stove until the natural oils are released into the oil. Today, we used comfrey and calendula, two herbs which are used for healing and soothing skin irritations! Beezwax is then added in to the oil to heat again. Once cool, use the salve on burns or for dry skin.
In the afternoon, the campers went up to the food lab to cook for Campus Kitchens. They prepared cherry lime bread, roasted carrots with a parsley-lemon gremolata, and personal pan cheese-sausage pizzas! It was great to cook for those who might not have access to food.
After a great morning, the campers traveled over to SLU’s recreational pool for some fun in the sun! The campers had a blast playing in the pool.