Posted February 18, 2010
On rare occasions, our class schedule allows us to see the same group of students on two consecutive days. This was the case this week with Ms. Rathwell's ELL core - a mixed class of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are learning English as a second, third, or sixth language!
On Wednesday, each table made a frittata with Red Russian kale, romanesco, and herbs from the garden. To take advantage of our time together, we also made pickles to be enjoyed with the lesson on Thursday only 24 hours later. The students were amazed that pickles could be made so easily and in such a short amount of time. Many used a wavy knife to cut the carrots into fun shapes. We also tried both hot and cold pickling methods to see if we could discern a difference the next day.
Thursday morning the class learned to make tortillas and enjoyed a feast of black beans, handmade guacamole with cilantro from the garden, rice, and the deliciously tart, sweet, and spicy pickled vegetables. We proved that good things do come to those who wait.
3 whole garlic cloves
1 small red onion
1 bunch French Breakfast radishes
1 sprig marjoram
1 bay leaf
1 dried chili pepper
2 cups vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
Peel the garlic. Peel and slice the onion. Remove the stems and leaves from the radishes and carrots and cut into desired shapes. Place the garlic, onion, radishes, carrots, herbs, and chili into a quart jar. Place the vinegar in a saucepan, add the sugar and salt, and bring the mixture to a boil for one minute. Remove liquid from heat and pour into the jar. Seal, let cool, and refrigerate overnight.
Alternate method: Simply whisk the vinegar with the salt and sugar until dissolved, then pour cold into the jar. Seal and refrigerate overnight. (In the head-to-head competition of hot vs. cold, we found no discernible difference between the two methods.)
Our chalkboard showing the students what was in store for the second day in the kitchen
Rolling the masa to make tortillas
The tortilla press we used to flatten the masa balls
Cooking the tortillas
Our beautiful pickles
The spicy and sour pickles ended up being a very popular component of the meal
The delicious meal