Friday, 12 September 2008

Soggy-sorry, Damper Bread

J has decided that he is going to try and make some of the food that is useful in survival situations. He is using the recipes and ideas out of the book that he borrowed from the library written by Hugh McManners. The first thing he has decided to try was Damper bread(or as D said Soggy bread! Close, but not quite)

Damper bread is flour and water mixed to a dough. J learned a valuable lesson which won't be forgotten in a hurry-you add the water gradually to the flour until you get the right consistency. This was learned after drowning the flour and then having to add vast quantities of flour to get a pliable dough.

Never mind, it is all part of the learning process, and I think at some time or another, we have all done what he did.

Once he had the dough, he rolled it into long, thin sausages that were wrapped around skewers. Normally this would be sticks and baked over a fire, but we adapted it. We cooked them over the gas flame of the cooker.

Surprisingly, they tasted good and now the boys have added this to the barbecue menu-whenever the weather is ever good enough for another barbecue, that is.

Yesterday was the second session of MEND. We now know MEND stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition and Do It.

The first hour the children played basketball and then they came and joined the parents in discussing nutrition. This covered the five main food groups and what they were vital for and the importance of balancing the fuel taken in with the fuel used up in activity.

The two targets they were given for this week was to eat breakfast every day and to drink 8 glasses of water everyday. If they stick to this, looks like I won't be buying squash anymore, at least, not so much of it.

The children also received their packs today, so they have a water bottle, a ball, a folder for all the information sheets they will be receiving and a t shirt to wear for all MEND sessions. The boys can't wait for the next session.

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