“By the end of the year you’ll be cracking these [eggs] with one hand,” Nancy, our newest volunteer and definitely (skilled) amateur chef said to @likeaboss. He smiled as he used the two-handed technique familiar to him.
Moments later, @likeaboss was joined by @thewitchqueen908, @douglasawesome, @theskycookie, and @ryanshollenberger, who began measuring, mixing, pouring and prepping the oven. 20 mins and 350 degrees later, we were decorating with peanut M&M’s, “hot tamales,” and chocolate icing.
There was awesome collaborative energy in the room, and I could tell this would be an offering that would catch on well at ALCNYC. Nancy Hooper, a former NYC high school English teacher and freelance writer, has offered her time to us every Friday to make student-suggested recipes. Next up: meat lasagna.
Just as awesome as seeing kids learn culinary skills was watching this volunteer get excited about self-directed learning. Nancy admitted to @abbyo and I that she was tentative about working with a school like ours. The usual “there’s no curriculum,” and “what about the basics” questions were definitely present for her, but after a few weeks of corresponding with @abbyo, she seemed willing to give it a try. I give her a TON of credit. It’s really hard for kids who have spent years in traditional schools to transition to self-directed environments, and can be even harder for teachers.
I learned a neat new recipe trick today as well- cupcakes in ice-cream cones. Pure genius:
Until next week-
Love and agility,