Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More Second Grade Cooking: Ms. Conner's Class and Mr. Jacobs's Class Harvest Basil and Make Pesto!

Today Ms. Conner and Mr. Jacobs brought their students to the edible garden. The children learned the names of the vegetables and herbs in the raised bed. Each child harvested a basil leaf, smelled it and broke off a part to taste. The remainder of the leaves were washed and became part of the pesto.

In the classroom we discussed the ingredients for pesto.  Children went to the cooking table to pick out the ingredients to show them to their classmates. Then children took turns measuring the various ingredients and adding them to the food processor.

They liked the pesto which was served on a small piece of baguette!

Here are some vocabulary words from today's lesson: baguette, pesto, basil, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, minced, food processor, chef, spatula. Vocabulary from the garden: tomatoes, peppers, basil and cilantro. The children also measured liquid and dry ingredients.

Note: Extension to the lesson. Pesto originated in Northern Italy. The word pesto comes from an Italian word, pestare, which means to crush or pound. The ingredients in pesto are traditionally crushed with a mortar and pestle.

Basil Pesto Recipe

3 cups basil leaves
2 or 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
very small amount of salt
very small amount of pepper
(a splash of lemon juice-didn't add that today)

Note: this pesto would be great with pasta! Let your kids help you make it!

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