As part of our Black History Month celebrations we have been cooking with some dishes using ingredients from the Caribbean and some traditional Somali Kimis (Sabaayad.)
Judy and some children looked at the globe, They looked at where London is.
Judy explained her family are from St Vincent in the Caribbean. She shared some vegetables she bought from the market. Children investigated yams, plantain, cinnamon and sweet potatoes.
They handled them and talked about where they came from.
Then children were supported to prepare them, peeling, chopping and washing them - the sweet potatoes proved to be hard work.
The plantains were fried and shared by the children.
The sweet potatoes were grated and the children worked together, following a recipe to make sweet potato cookies. These were baked and shared (and as you can see in the photographs, enjoyed!)
This morning, children worked with Shamso to make Somali Kimis.
Children worked in a small group to talk about the recipe (which was in Shamso's head.)
They explored the ingredients, mixed them and then used tools to roll the kimis out before frying them.
Again, they were enjoyed by many children and staff alike.
This week Shamso also cooked some traditional Somali food for staff. She is raising money for a family who need help with flooding in Somalia. Staff donated money to the cause.
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