Today we did Lesson 7: Colonial Food & Lesson 8: Family Life
In these lessons we talked about how the colonist preserved the food they gathered from farming and/or hunting. They would need to preserve it in order to have food for the winter months.
We also learned about the different types of cookware you would find in a colonial kitchen. I thank God for the modern day convinces we have today!
One of the vegetables they would serve is pease porridge. I never tied the nursery rhyme to what it actually meant. They would warm it up and serve it hot. They would let it cool by the night fire and in the morning they would have it cold; hence the phrase "Pease porridge hot, Pease porridge cold." Pease porridge was served for SEVERAL days at a colonist home; hence "9 days old." YUCK! The kids didn't find that appealing either.
One of the activities was to put together "A Book of Goode Cookery." This is filled will all sorts of recipes from the colonial era. I made Bread Pudding during class, letting the kids see the mixing process. I put in the oven and 50 min later I pulled out a yummy smelling treat! It tasted as good as it smelled!
One of the kids homework assignments was to make something from the cookbook. My kids wanted Chicken Pot Pie. Below are some pictures of Jessica making the pie.
Over the next few co-op days, different families brought in different things they made from the cookbook. I will post pictures and details when we get to those days. *Ü*
Another fun thing we did was have a honey tasting event! Another mom purchased a variety of honey, bee pollen (yes, you read correctly, bee pollen that is gathered on their little legs) honey sticks, and honey candy! The kids loved tasting all different types of honey. We found the darker the honey, the more bitter it tasted. The types of honey's we had here were: Colver (2 types: 1 from the store & one from a bee keeper), Raspberry, Wildflower, Blackberry, & Sunflower. They even tasted the bee pollen, which BTW didn't get the Best Taste Award. *Ü* Enjoy the pictures below of our honey taste test.
After our taste test, we created another booklet for our lapbook titled "BEES". Nope it wasn't all about the insects, but it was about different types of "BEES: the colonists would participate in. For each "BEE", the colonists would gather together and help each other with what ever task needed to be completed. There were Apple Pulling Bees, Threshing Bees, Husking Bees, & many other type of "BEES".