Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Unschooling and Cooking

My kids love to eat. And some of them love to cook.

So, our unschooling life often seems to revolve around food.

What's for dinner? We never have anything I like for lunch! Can I have leftover cake, for breakfast, leftover cake from the supper last night at church, supper on the feast of St Clare ?

Hang on - that cake also had to suffice for dinner, since mum didn't get time to cook dinner!

A lot can be learned from cooking. especially when it is themed to the liturgical year ( bread for St Zita), to a novel study ( Roly Poly Pudding when reading Narnia books), to an interest/rabbit trail (Chinese food when studying Chinese).

And I do cook sometimes. As do some of the boys. Recently? The Best-Ever Broccoli and Cauliflower, with fresh vegetables given to us. Baked Oatmeal for breakfast, doing my 1950s TV housewife impression.

Best Ever Broccoli and Cauliflower

Drizzle olive oil in a baking pan. Add slivers of garlic, florets of broccoli and/or cauliflower, twist of salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven 180 degrees Celsius. shaking ocasionally until brown. Sprinkle with a handful of grated cheese, preferably parmesan. ( optional) . Serve. Yum!

Baked Oatmeal

6 cups rolled oats, 1 cup brown or raw sugar, 3 large eggs, 2 1/2 cups skim milk. 1/2 cup canola oil.

Mix together, put in a greased casserole dish, bake 175 degrees Celsius approx 25 minutes. Serve hot or cold with fruit or yogurt and milk.


Pam said...

Well, I just copied and pasted the baked oatmeal recipe. Been after one for a while.

I'm sorry, Leonie, but it cracks me up when I get recipes from you. Especially for baked oatmeal. Which is really unfair, isn't it? If I'm allowed to be looking for a recipe for it, why do I find it funny that you are cooking it?

Patty said...

I'm going to try that best ever broccoli and cauliflower! Yum. I always steam it, but this sounds like a delicious alternative. Thanks.

Hopewell said...

When you read "Narnia" did you ever make Turkish Delight? I looked at recipes, but never braved it!

Our current veggie obsession is CAULIFLOWER steamed with lemon juice and black pepper. None left....ever!

Interesting--there's never anything HERE that anyone likes for lunch either!!!

Leonie said...

Pam, I crack up myself when I share recipes - me? Cook? Share recipes? lol!

Patty - let me know if you like the recipe - the lemon juice that Lisa suggests doesn't go astray either.

And Lisa - what is it about lunch??

Chris said...

You are such a good cook. You are always cooking exciting, tasty, new meals. I wish I could cook as well as you and do it on a regular basis.

Leonie said...

Oh, Chris, you know we mostly live on leftovers, two minute noodles and such..roflol!