During the project, the eldest child involved has been keeping a diary of his expeirences. Here is Angus' take on Dig for Dinner thus far...
Angus' Diary Entry #1
First, we met at Mrs Shovlin's classroom and walked down to the Community Garden. When we arrived, we met Heather, Jane, Keith (AKA Mr Potato Man) and Michael (the chef) involved in the project. We split into three groups and there were three activities to take part in - composting, harvesting and sowing. This week my group looked at methods of composting and what you can or can't put in the compost bin. Did you know your compost should be made of 50% greens and 50% browns? You can also compost egg shells! After finishing in the garden, we walked to the Methodist Hall to work with Michael. We then split into pairs and Michael taught us how to make Leek and Potato soup using a bouquet garni. We also kneaded some dough to make bread rolls. We took the food home and it was delicious. We all had a very enjoyable afternoon and week one was a resounding success!
Angus' Diary Entry #2
After a delicious snack of carrots, peppers, cucumbers, humus, cheese and chive dip and a refreshing drink we set to work in the garden. Our first task was to identify different shapes around the garden. We had to look at the shape of the leaves, the different beds and the gardening tools to find them all. After that we planted some bean seeds and covered them with soil. Then Michael took us to the poly-tunnel to harvest some rocket leaves and purple sprouting broccoli to take back to the kitchen. Once we had enough, we set off to the kitchen for the cooking task. This week we made broccoli and cheese quiche, potato salad and a spicy rocket salad. Making the pastry was good fun and they turned out really well in the end. Once again, we had a fantastic time.
Angus' Diary Entry #3
It was another glorious, sunny afternoon in the garden today. This week we were planting pea seeds as part of an experiment. Half of the seeds were soaked in water and half were dry and we planted them in a big tub. We will see which seeds have grown the quickest next week. After that it was time to dig out the wheelbarrows and spread some compost. We emptied it into a bed and raked it out so it is ready for planting next week. After that we went to the shed to learn about planting potatoes in a dustbin and we harvested some quinoa grains. We also cut some coriander leaves to take back to the kitchen. Our cooking challenge this week was a curry. Using the quinoa and coriander, we created a huge pot of Chick Pea Balti and some aromatic Indian flatbreads. The smell was fantastic and a good time was once again had by all.