As part of our ongoing commitment to the Garden to Table Trust (GTT), The True Honey Co. give a lovely big jar of multi floral honey to each classroom, so budding young chefs can use honey in their cooking while learning more about our stripy little friends.
In May we visited Haumoana School to introduce the school to our bee education resource, which aims to teach students how and why bumble and honey bees are vital to our food ecosystem.
This month we’re highlighting Owairaka School – a thriving multicultural school in Mt Albert, Auckland. A green gold Enviroschool, Owairaka has also been a Garden to Table (GTT) school for 6 years.
The school has chickens and also had their own bees until last year when sadly they were attacked by wasps. Children from the senior and middle school (years 3-6) have GTT classes, with each class getting one lesson a week for a term.
We’re thrilled to be involved with the good folk and great cause of GTT. Not only do kids learn the lifelong skills of cooking and gardening, they experience many aspects of the NZ curriculum in a hands-on way. Children use fractions when cooking and are challenged to use their knowledge and problem solving skills. They use estimation and learn about weight when measuring dry ingredients or tallying up the weight of the kumara harvest.
The children learn to read recipes and learn a whole new vocabulary related to the kitchen and garden, like what a mortar and pestle is, or the difference between beating and whisking.
Through the programme, there is plenty of interacting with a diverse group of volunteers (from Pacific, Italian, Indian, Malaysian and Kiwi backgrounds, and of varying ages). Everyone works together to present the meal on time.
This month they’ve rustled up a lovely recipe to share with you - Little Honey Cakes
(Adapted from Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids)
1 cup plain flour
¼ cup wholemeal flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
110 grams butter
4 Tablespoons of Honey - we have used The True Honey Co. Multi Floral gifted to the school as part of the GTT program)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
What to do
Turn the oven on to 180 degrees Celsius.
Sift flours and baking powder into a bowl.
Put the butter and honey in a small saucepan and heat gently until the butter is melted. Allow butter mixture to cool a little.
In another bowl break the eggs and beat well with the brown sugar and vanilla.
Pour the melted butter into the egg mix and beat well.
Tip in the sifted flour and mix until smooth. Don’t mix too much.
Half fill each mini muffin hole with batter. The mix should make 25 mini muffins.
Bake for 10 minutes until golden.
Dust with icing sugar.
Garden to Table and T&G (originally Turners & Growers) are changing the way Kiwi kids think about food by launching the inaugural T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards.
And here at The True Honey Co. we’re getting behind the Awards in 2017 by offering a prize of True Manuka Honey goodness. All in the name of helping kids grow their knowledge of food, nutrition and sustainability.
The Awards aim to seek out five green-thumbed budding young gardeners (that’s a total of 10 green thumbs!). The winners will have demonstrated their enthusiasm, passion and drive to grow fresh food and make delicious dishes.
Applications for the T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener of the Year Awards were open from Tuesday 22 August to Friday 29 September. Kids from the 60 participating Garden to Table schools across New Zealand were eligible to enter.
A stellar line up, including Linda Taylor of Garden to Table, chef and restauranteur Al Brown, gardening journalist and broadcaster Lynda Hallinan and T&G’s Andrew Keaney will be on hand to judge the bright young talent. We’ll keep you updated with winners’ announcements and more over on Facebook and Instagram.