Friday, July 28, 2017

Colour Collaging a la Eric Carle

Vegan Bites: Matcha Cheesecake

Matcha Cheesecake
~2/3c coconut
~2/3c sesame seed
~10 Medjool dates
~1/4t salt
Blend and press into pan
3/4c coconut milk
~6T maple syrup
~1/2t salt
~1T matcha powder
~1 1/2c soaked cashews
Blend, Pour onto base and freeze.

Vegan Bites: Cashew Pesto

Not the prettiest thing to photograph.
However, the yum factor rated well.
Commercially-made pesto is often created with Parmesan cheese, but Ms. Prescott came up with a flavourful alternative for dairy-free families.

Cashew Pesto
 ~1-2 cloves garlic
~olive oil
~handful basil, parsley
~1/2c cashews (soaked 4 hours)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vegan Bites: Chana Masala

If you like spice, you can kick this up a notch with cayenne and jalapeno.
Otherwise, omit the above mentioned and keep it family friendly.

Chana Masala
~diced onion
~4-5 cloves garlic
~knob ginger
~ 2t each garam masala, cumin seed
~1/2t each salt, tumeric, coriander
~1c tomato
~1/2c coconut milk
~2c cooked chickpea
Saute veg and spices.
Add tomato, milk and chickpea's.
Simmer for 20 mins.
Serve with basmati, chopped onion and fresh cilantro.

Vegan Bites: Masala Papad

Vegan Bites: Baba Ganoosh

Baba Ganoosh
~large eggplant
~2 garlic cloves
~1/2 lemon
~1T tahini
~olive oil
~cumin seed
Blacken eggplant on grill/in oven. Peel.
Blend with remaining ingredients and spice to taste.

Math Monday: Pyramid Puzzle

Kicking off Vegan Week with a Pyramid Puzzle done two ways.
For Miss C, I cut a triangle shape and presented her with four, coloured parts.
For Miss O, I offered the same four, coloured sections, but no other hint.
Separate and solve.

Miss C loved this mini challenge and was visibly pleased with her own progress.

Miss O attempted some very creative routes before asking for a hint.
"It's order is largest to smallest at the top."

The traditional food pyramid does not apply to vegans, so we used the sections of our puzzle to talk about a simplified vegan version: fats (brain food), proteins, carbs and vegetables/fruit.

We talked numbers with a video documenting the environmental impacts of vegetarianism.
We also watched some funny video's about people going vegan for 21 days.
"I've been  one for six years!" 
Miss O exclaimed:)

Shape Art.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Musical Noses

We have a list of quick games to get started in the day.
This game just made it to the top of said list!
Ask each child to come up with a sound, which the have to belt out when you press their nose.
Depending on how many kids are involved you could create a Nose Symphony!
Little Mr.M even caught on!

To extend the game, have participants come up with several noises. This becomes tricky and evokes giggles!

Masterpiece: New Business in Town

Clear Portrait Painting

Grab a friend and a piece of clear acrylic.
One holds still while the other creates a tempera portrait!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vegan Bites: Golden Soup in Summertime

Soup & Sandwich
Salad in Soup

Soup is a staple around here. 
Even in the summertime. 
The brilliant Jessica Prescott has a gorgeous book and website that will make you drool!
We're testing as many recipes as we can muster during a three week library loan.

Golden Soup with Chickpea Croutons
~1-3 cloves garlic
~1" fresh ginger, grate
~1" fresh tumeric, grate
~1t coriander, salt
~1 bay leaf
~1/4t cayenne
Saute garlic and spices in coconut oil.
Cube and add...
~1 sweet potato
~3 carrots
~1c squash
Bring to a boil in...
~1litre broth
Puree and serve with crusty, spiced chickpea's.

Colour Transfer Art

For Miss C, this was like magic on paper!
It reminds me of Scratch Art that you can pre-purchase or DIY.
The results are beautiful and unique every time!

Math Monday: Body Blocks

Estimate how many blocks it will take to outline your sibling.

Tally up the total and compare to your estimate.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Foraging Friday: Mulberry Jam

The Fox and the Grapes

ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”