Henry requested “soup and a salad with dressing that doesn’t come out of a bottle (!)” this week so that’s what we made. We’ve actually made the salad before with last term’s group of Petits Chefs but I wanted to show this group that the type of salad you buy at the store is really so simple to make at home and that way you know exactly what’s going into it.
The soup I chose was Pea and Mint because I though it might be a nice one for the hot weather we’ve been having. I knew it was a bit of a gamble with 9 year-old boys but hey, they can’t like everything, right? All I ask is that they try. They love peas (especially eating them frozen) so I figured it might be ok. It was a super easy recipe – we bunged all the ingredients in the pan (above) and let it cook away for about 40 minutes, then blended with an immersion blender until it looked like this:
Henry and I were impressed that the soup matched the placemat. As far as taste goes, well this was definitely not a huge hit (though Oliver, I saw you sneaking a LOT of spoons of this as I cleaned up around you!!!). Charles declared it too thick and Henry thought it was too watery. Liam declined the offer to try (he is quite particular about food and I have been absolutely thrilled that he has tried so much of the food we’ve made so I gave him a pass on this one!). Me? I liked it. I agree that it could have been a bit thicker – I might have been a bit light on with the peas. But definitely tasty and fresh for warmer weather.
The salad had everyone chopping…
This is Liam above ^^ facing his nemesis – peppers! Remember when he rubbed his eyes after cutting jalapenos? Well this time he was taking no chances and washed his hands well and often. He also spoke sternly to the pepper telling it who was the boss.
They all enjoyed squeezing the lemon for the dressing:
The quote of the week comes from Henry: “I wish we could have food like this for lunches.” Considering we have an AMAZING lunch program at my school that is high praise indeed 🙂 You made my week!