Well we promised you soup and soup we made!!!
Firstly thank you so much for your contributions of vegetables - we had so many! From carrots, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, garlic, leeks, peppers and tomatoes to some celeriac.
Children were supported at first to look at, handle, smell and talk about the vegetables. They named most of them and were able to say whether they had tried them before. Children carried them to talk about the weight and some were weighed using scales.
Next, they were washed and prepared: with children peeling, chopping, grating and mixing them together. Children and staff worked so hard across the whole week to ensure everybody who was in school had the opportunity to take part in one of the stages of the process. Most children joined in happily.
After the various batches of soup were cooked, children had the opportunity to share it and try some. It never ceases to amaze me the positive and healthy attitude many of our children have to trying new foods.
Children were also supported to make soda bread using flour and yoghurt to accompany their soup.
As I write this, the smell of the penultimate batch of soup is wafting through the many open doors and windows of our school and it smells delicious.
Thank you all for your support - our community soup experience has been wonderful.
*Edit, I had to sneak out to try a cup and I can confirm, it was souper!
Rachel Keeling Nursery School
Bullard's Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS
Tel: 020 89805856
RACHEL KEELING IS PART OF THE RACHEL KEELING AND CHILDREN'S HOUSE NURSERY FEDERATION