Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Zucchini Chips and Easy Peasy Soup!

While gardens provide a wonderful natural learning environment for language, i.e development of vocabulary, following of instructions, and solving of practical and social problems, the learning can continue once the produce is harvested, in the kitchen!
As Winter is here, why not try these recipes and enhance your child’s Mathematical skills as you count, measure and estimate, during the food preparation? It is also a good time to have a chat, as you cook and enjoy a meal together! 

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
  • ¼ cup dry whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (you could also use skim milk)
  • 2½ cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl stirring with a whisk.
  3. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place coated slices on an oven proof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and crisped.
Easy Peasy Soup
● Olive oil
●1 onion – finely chopped
●1clove of garlic - crushed                                          
●1 medium potato – peeled and diced                                 
●3cups of chicken stock
●500g frozen peas
●Parsley for garnish
●Crusty bread
Heat oil and cook onions until soft but not coloured
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute
Add potato and chicken stock. Cover saucepan and bring mixture to the boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until potato is tender
Add peas, boil mixture for 5 minutes                                                     
Cool and puree in a food processor                                                        
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with parsley  
Serve with slices of crusty bread


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Let's Look at Earthworms!

Tristen Vella: Principal - Georges River Environmental Education Centre Chipping Norton, run by the Department of Education and Communities visited St Bernadette's Primary Lalor Park, to give advice on how to bring new life to the garden. Many good suggestions were noted and Tristen then restored and repositioned three of the Worm Farms, ready to receive scraps from ‘Crunch & Sip’ and the Canteen. Staff will also be able to feed scraps to the worms! No doubt the worms will soon find their way into their new homes and their juice and castings will be used as nutrients for the plants!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Just the Beginning!


When Ros, from Bunnings at Seven Hills came to deliver a Dynamic Turn & Go Composter, to St Bernadette's Primary at Lalor Park, the Environment Team accepted the generous donation and were then keen to interview Ros.
Teegan, Chan, Zakiya, Ryan, Emma, Sandra and Shreeparna, now have the answers to their questions!  
1. “What are the best plants to grow all year round?”
2. “How does compost help the garden to grow?”
3. “What is your favourite thing to do in your garden and why?”

4. “What effect will the compost have on worms in the garden?’ 
5. “How will having a compost bin help our garden?”
6. “How does recycling help the environment?”
7. “What can we do to protect the environment?”

THANK YOU BUNNINGS - SEVEN HILLS ... let the composting begin!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Connect, Care, Share: Our Common Home!


“We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically connects others.” Marianne Williamson - A Return to Love

It was a case of "Lights, Camera, Action!" when Catholic Earthcare Australia visited St Patrick's Primary Blacktown to film a video for the United Nations International Year of Light and Soils. The students really did shine as with confidence, they discussed the aspects of their outdoor learning space which are most important to them. The Kitchen Garden Group shared a good general knowledge about the vegetables, herbs and flowers which they have planted and nurtured, with their teachers and they were able to 'act out' how plants grow from seeds to maturity!With the guidance of a generous parent, the harvested produce was cooked, the table was set and adorned with a yellow St Patrick Rose, picked from the garden. The delicious stir fry was then appreciated by the 'Future Chefs'!  


The video was released on 5 June 2015 'World Environment Day'