All posts tagged: Featured

cocos a l’anise (anise seed cookies)

We made these as a Christmas cookie with primary students. They loved mixing all of the ingredients and learning where each thing comes from. I love to call these root, seed, bark cookies – ginger root, wheat berry & fennel seeds, and cinnamon bark! 1  1/4 cup white sugar 1 cup salted butter 3 egg yolks 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 1/4 tsp. salt 2 tsp. ground fennel 1 tsp. cinnamon 1tsp. chopped fresh ginger For the topping: 4 tsp. ground fennel, 4 tbsp. organic sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon  

Beets!

This year we made this amazing beet hummus that the kids went crazy over because of its beautiful red color. Bright Red Beet Hummus: Makes a medium-sized bowl of hummus         1 
pound cooked beets         1/4
 cup sunflower seeds         2 
tablespoons lemon juice         ½ 
tablespoon tahini         ½ 
teaspoon ground cumin         1
 garlic clove         1
 tablespoon olive oil         ½ teaspoon salt Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Taste throughout and adjust the balance as you see fit. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered.  

Ginger for all

  This is our second year growing ginger at GMS and it is such a beautiful plant! We enjoyed making fresh ginger lemon honey tea with all of the classes. Steep the following in hot water for 3-5 minutes: 3 Tbsp. shredded fresh ginger 1 Tbsp. squeezed lemon juice 1/4 tsp. cinnamon honey to taste

Fresh Grape Juice

We have decided that there is nothing more heavenly than fresh pressed juice. This year, like most, we harvested bucketfuls of grapes from our scuppernong/ muscadine vines. These native grapes are prolific and uniquely delicious. Students worked hard to use the fruit press to squeeze all of the flavor out of their grapes!

Honey Harvest

The Gardening Crew in Middle School got down to business in late summer to harvest their first honey from the bee’s. They got two gallons of honey! The harvest was done entirely by hand, even scraping and filtering the comb. The honey was a rich amber color, which means that they used many different pollens and that it had time to thicken and mature.