Healthy food choices, and healthy eating are key components of our cross-curricular Earth to Table project. As an international school, we think it’s important to introduce students to healthy foods from other cultures and also to learn from the past.
As part of the fourth-year history curriculum, students learn about the dawn of civilization and spend a good deal of time exploring some of the day-to-day activities of the Sumerians, Hittites, Phoneticians and most recently, the Egyptians.
After learning about how their society was structured and how the conditions were perfect for the development of a civilization along the river Nile, the children embarked upon an inquiry into how Egyptians farmed, what foods they grew, what they ate and what recipies they followed.
This culminated in a practical lesson where, following an ancient Egyptian recipe, the students made flatbread and hummus, the the most traditional way possible.
Flatbread with hummus.
“So we all went over to Ms.P’s backyard (Oh what a beauty!). In the middle of the garden stood the huge wood fired oven which was built in 1998. We all had our recipes and we all clung tightly to them so that the recipes would not fly away. With climate change on us, it was a very windy day. We managed to put our seats together so that they all faced the oven and each seat held the weight of 2 people while Ms. Ciara, our Food Studies teacher, selected one of us to read the first ingredient from the recipe. About six people read the ingredients (water, whole wheat flour, yeast, oil and salt).
Then we went to get some “ex-grape” branches which the farmer cuts when he prunes the grapes in the vineyards. These are very good for wood ovens as they do not pollute and do not contain any chemicals. As the oven heated up, we rolled the dough into balls and then pressed them down into flat round circles. Then we placed the flatbread into the oven and while they were baking, we gathered around Ms. Ciara to make hummus.
We all took turns mashing the chick peas into a pasty mixture. Then we added some olive oil and lemon juice and mixed it altogether. When the bread finished baking we all got our own piece (we somehow figured out whose piece belonged to whom).
Finally, we spread the hummus on the flatbread and ate it. It was delicious! The flat bread tastes like crunchy white bread and the hummus tastes like lemon flavored chickpeas. The food was completely healthy and all of us LOVED eating the hummus-covered flatbreads!”
By Aylin, Grade 4.