St Josephs School – 22nd November 2017

Session number 2 at St Josephs School in Feilding was with a brilliant class of year 7 & 8 students. The sun was out so I knew it would be a fun morning. For this session we set up all our cooking gear in the Mustard Seed Room, it was awesome to have the space available for our use, with 3 ovens and 3 sinks in there we were well looked after!

Erica, Craig, Chrissy, Wendy and Cheri were the volunteers in the cooking department for this session. Sometimes our volunteers have to really help the students with their peeling, chopping and grating skills, so it is really nice for them to have a group of older, more skilled students to work with. They get to spend more time watching and gently guiding them while they work through the steps of the recipes themselves. There were some yummy smells drifting outside to where I was with my half of the class… My belly was grumbling by the time we stopped for a wee break! Lucky I have the job as chief taste tester and quality control manager (I gave myself this role!) 🙂

It was nice to sit outside in the warm spring sun and chat with you all about the seeds I brought along. I get pretty excited about seeds and like to think of them a magical capsules which hold all the information to turn it into something wonderful. I wonder if you can remember the group of vegetable seeds I brought out that all looked the same (except for 1 being green)? Do you remember their family group name and what each individual seed turned into? And for a bonus point… why was 1 green?

I hope you were all able to to teach your families something about the second largest seed in the world! Like how it’s distributed by water and it takes 6 months before it starts to sprout!

I thoroughly enjoyed the morning with you all, and if I had to pick a favourite recipe for the day it would have to be the Leek and Bacon Tart! Yummy! What was your favourite recipe? Maybe you could make it for your family at home in the weekend! All the recipes we made are just to the right. I might pop my head in on Wednesday to see how you wheat heads are growing.

Happy gardening everyone, Cindy



If you don’t have a lot of space at your place, or you aren’t able to make a vegetable patch, growing vegies in a container is a great idea. Not only does it save space, you can move your containers to just the right spot, or even follow the sun around if you need to! Just remember to be vigilant with your water routine, containers dry out much faster than the ground does.


Create a Pizza Garden.