This blog post comes from Maria, one of our Dalhousie University Nursing student interns. Stay tuned for more posts from these two, as they’ve got a series of cooking workshops planned for the fall.
One Thursday after school at St. George’s Youthnet, my fellow student nurse Candice and I were setting up pots, cutting boards, peelers, and yummy apples, spices, and sugar for a cooking class with kids ranging from 6 to 12 years of age. We were blessed to have the help of Keltie a former EAC employee who volunteered to show us the ropes for our first cooking workshop.
In the quiet of the kitchen before the children arrived we had many ideas of how things would go, which were all put aside when the kids arrived with more energy then you could imagine, it sounded like someone had turned a radio on full blast, and that was with the kids on the other side of the door to the kitchen.
When the kids got in the kitchen and were told they’d be making applesauce they were excited saying things like “I’ve never had homemade applesauce!” We quickly got underway, setting the kids up around a table with a large pot in the middle of the table. We had the younger children peeling apples, with the older kids chopping them up and putting them in the pot.
Many of the children commented that they liked healthy snacks like celery, and strawberries, so the apples were really well received, actually one or two apples may have been eaten before the applesauce was made. Amidst the peeling, chopping, then boiling, and mashing there was a great deal of discussion and many stories that were being told about the adventures the kids had at school that day. There was also some discussion about what we would make during the next workshop, eventually we decided on pumpkin muffins.
In the end the kids were happy with the results of their work, one of them saying, “I want to take ALL the applesauce home!”
16 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1.In a large pot, combine apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Take them off the stove and allow them to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.