Food Day in Kunda Ühisgümnaasium

 

Kunda Ühisgümnaasium has a tradition of  holding topical project days at the end of every school term. The idea of these days is to give students different outlook on life and teach them using different methodology. What is more, students can compile their own timetables by choosing from different workshops. Even the students groups are formed based on their interest rather than age.

As Christmas was at the door, the Food Day held on the 21st December was related to food and traditions of that time. Students were given the opportunity to compile their own timetable – they decided themselves which workshop to participate.

Elementary school students learned different fruits. They solved puzzles, wrote poems, drew pictures, played the game „The World of Fruits“. Poems and pictures were depicted and demonstrated to all the students interested in the matter.

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Year 4, year 5 and year 6 students could pick between different activities: cooking, glazing gingerbreads, making hand-made candies, and herb teas. They also learned how to lay the table and table manners. What is more, students visited a local cafe „Saarepiiga“ where traditional Christmas food was served, Christmas traditions were talked about and different games were played.

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Even the (wild) animals of the local forest had the opportunity to participate our Food Day. Year 4 students went hiking and took food (carrots, cabbages, potatoes) to wild animals and birds. In order to see how farm animals are taken care of in winter, students visited a local farm. As a reflection students were asked to write reports and draw pictures about their farm or forest experience.

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Year 7, year 8 and year 9 students could also pick between different workshops. Students could make themselves a wooden butter knife in a handicraft´s workshop. Both boys and girls could attend that workshop. English workshops concentrated on Christmas food and traditions all over the world. Students listened to Christmas music, read poems, played games and did crosswords. Students also played Jeopardy, where a lot of questions were related to Christmas food and traditions. Christmas smells and plants which are commonly used during Christmas were also spoken about.

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Students played „A Wheel of Woders“/ „Wheel of fortune“, where questions as well as prizes were fruits and vegetables. In a computer class students compiled  e-cookery book about Christmas dishes. Unfortunately 45 minutes was not enough to add pictures.

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Year 7 students had a practical survival workshop. They learned how to survive in the forest. Students had to find food and heat themselves with items from nature. The teacher was supported and helped by the representatives of Estonian Defence League.

Students also played the game „World Kitchen“. The idea of the game is to match traditional food and the country it comes from. Later, students could see the image of the dish on the Internet.

Physically active students could do sports in a local gym and pool. After being physically active for some time they counted the calories they had lost.

 

At the end of the day we had the traditional Christmas Cafe where students sold self-made products and performed on stage.

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Are school introduced fruits from around the world as part of the world’s week

On Friday, 27th November 2015 Year 8 students presented different fruits from around the world and the entire school took part of the lecture. It was possible to listen, look and taste the fruits. More than 20 different fruits were introduced: where and how they grow, how the plantations look like, who the major manufacturers are, why these fruits are good for you and how they can be used.

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Students and teachers could taste avocado, persimmon, tangerine, pomelo, grapes, pomegranate, grapefruit, melon, kiwi, orange, watermelon, banana, pineapple, lime, physalis, kumquat, and papaya. Dragon fruit, carambola, feijoa, and lychee were also shown. Many looked the exotic fruits suspiciously and dared to taste only the familiar ones. The purchase of fruits was financed by MTÜ Mondo and the members of student representative board came to school early in the morning to clean and prepare the fruits.

 

At the end of the lecture, teams of students from Year 1 to 5 had to complete a quiz on their mobile phones using Socrative, an online learning environment.

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Though this kind of event was organised for the first time, it proved to be a success and some thoughts have been already gathered for the next year.

 

Ingela Uussalu, the spokeperson of student representative board

Ghanaian food in Peetri School

This event took place as a part of world month named “World’s Different Faces”, read more here:

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Few weeks ago, when it was our cooking class, we got to meet a volunteer from Ghana. At the beginning she introduced us Ghana’s traditions and different foods and then she introduced us what we were going to cook. So the meal was made of fried bananas and some spicy sauce called „red-red“. It was a bit surprising that African people don’t eat bananas as a dessert. Bananas are considered as a salty food or a dish.

When it was time to start cooking, we were told what to do and then we started. At first, some of us fried the raw bananas and the others were making the sauce. Our food was smelling so good that some teachers even came and peeked into our kitchen to see what we were doing. Besides cooking African food, we got to hear different stories about volunteering life in Africa. Finally it was time to eat our delicious meal and we were positively surprised about the good taste of fried bananas with „red-red“ sauce. We are thankful for that fun experience.

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Cultural Identity – A Project Day in Paldiski schools

The town of Paldiski is located on the shore of the Paldiski Bay, some 50 km from Tallinn. Convenient geographical location, an excellent place for landing, short ice period – all of this attracted people to settle near the local harbour. There have been educational institutions in our town from the year 1770 to the present day. Today, there are two schools at our schoolhouse – Paldiski Basic School and Paldiski Gymnasium. Paldiski is a bilingual town.

The school’s objectives are updated annually – this year, we wanted to introduce different nations and their culture to our students. Because of this, on 6 November 2015, we arranged the project day ’Cultural Identity’ for classes 5 through 12. The purpose of this day was creation and shaping of positive attitudes towards different cultures and people, development of tolerance, and prevention of biased attitudes. The importance of cultural diversity as means for mutual enrichment of cultures was also emphasized. The pupils had a chance of reflecting about their own cultural identity.

On the project date, the pupils were arranged an out-of-the-ordinary, less structured study day at school. We invited guest lecturers from MTÜ Mondo, Estonian Refugee Council, and the Estonian Association of Gestalt Therapy. The pupils met foreign students from Albania and Turkey, who currently study in Tallinn. We played board games providing information on different countries of the world. There was a comic workshop with interesting group assignments and discussions on difference and similarity.

For the elementary school pupils, a lecture on the national cuisine of Ghana by Liina Saaremäe, a former volunteer in Africa, was especially memorable.

The pupils also had the chance of preparing a Ghanaian beverage. The project day ended with some movie watching.

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Students trying/tasting natural shea butter made by Ghanaian students in Sekoti School

The exhibition ComiX4 = Comics for Equality was displayed on the third floor of the school building to celebrate the project day.

Ghanaian food event in Viimsi

Ghanaian food event in Viimsi
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At the beginning of June, just before the summer break, we held a Ghanaian food event. Pupils were really excited about the lesson. It wasn’t just about food. They actually felt connected. They have penfriends in Ghana. They had written letters to each other, and they had heard about Ghanaian everyday life and education system.
They already knew many things about Ghana so different from what we are used to in Estonia. Just to mention some, which made our pupils see new perspectives: not every child in Ghana can go to school, going to school can be seen as a privilege; extremely big classrooms, meaning up to 80 pupils in a class; pupils help to make their school lunches; very different hygiene opportunities; very different school buildings; many male teachers at schools. All this made our pupils think and discuss. One topic which was always very interesting was food. Food in Ghana seemed to be so different from ours. So, the pupils were very much looking forward to the Ghanaian food lesson.
First, we talked about food safety and discussed about how differently food can be seen and experienced in different places of the world. Then we played a fun Ghanaian-Estonian food game, where we learned about different foods. We learned about okra, and we found out that apples are not as usual in Ghana as they are in Estonia. We learned that blueberries are being seen as something very strange for Ghanaians, and they don’t know what is rye. However, they grow cacao and mangoes and bananas.
Then it was time to try to make something Ghanaian ourselves. We made Zoomkoom – a traditional Ghanaian welcome drink. First, we watched a video about locals in Kongo village making it, and then it was our turn. It was new and fun, even a bit funny. Well, we are not used to add chilli pepper to our drinks. Ginger and chilli pepper got everyone excited. Preparing the drink was a very unusual experience.
When Zoomkoom was finally ready, it was time to taste it and express opinions. We had learned that the first one to taste the food had to be the eldest lady in the house. Our pupils thought that the drink was sweet and strange and hot, but something that one could easily get used to.
The food lesson was a perfect ending for this year’s penfriend project. All pupils involved have learned and experienced so many new things, and they are looking forward to continuing with the project in autumn when they return from their summer break.

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Tomatoes vs robots???

Do you know how robots can make ketchup? All the students who came from all over Estonia and participated in the Day of Technology which was held in Tallinn Real School and Tartu Kivilinna School know that! The students in teams had to construct a robot (using computer program,Lego blocks etc) that smashes tomatoes.

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My tomato seller at the market in Kongo village, Ghana, Africa

Yes, we all know that food is not for playing, that is why I, Liina, Mondo’s volunteer, gave a lecture about tomatoes: where they grow in the world, which countries are the largest tomato producers, how healthy tomatoes are, what is the nutritional value of tomatoes etc.

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Liina talking about tomatoes

By he way, did you know the fact that every third tomatoes are thrown away in the world? So if we could waste 25% less food, it would be enough to feed more than 870 million famine people.

So, how the tomatoes are used?

1) For food: salads, pizzas, ketchup, drinks etc.

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Tomato drink

2) In cosmetics, for tomato face mask

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Tomato mask

3) For entertainment: popular tomato fights in Spain – La Tomatina Festival

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La Tomatina Festival

4) For ELECTRICITY! Yes, three Kenyan girls discovered how to produce electricity from tomatoes. Watch the video below:

 

Also watch this useful video about tomato power:

After some hours of working in teams, constructing robots (“Ketchup makers”)…..

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Constructing robots
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Constructing robots

And building a protection for tomatoes…

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A protection for a tomatoe to keep it from being smashed

The competition could start!

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Robot is ready!
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Oh no!
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No more protection 🙂

After the competition we used all the tomatoes to make delicious tomato drink.

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Bon appetit!

Watch the video about tomatoes vs robots!

Ghanaian food in Estonian school

Hello, dear food blog reader!

This is Mondo volunteer Liina here again!

On Thursady, 12th of March I organised in Kunda School (North-Estonia) a Ghanaian event. We talked about Ghana, I shared my experience as a volunteer, showed pictures and videos. We also tasted original shea butter we made in Ghana with the students of Sekoti Primary School….and we prepared one Ghanain dish  ourselves! There were approximately 80 students involved in this project.

The dish, actually the drink we made was “ZOOMKOOM” – “flour water”.

Before preparing the drink, we watched the video, made in Kongo village, and learned how to do it!

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Watching a video about “Zoomkoom”

 

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The students of Kunda School preparing “Zoomkoom”
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Tasting “Zoomkoom”
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Liina and the students of Kunda School: chilli is an important ingredient
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Older students preparing “Zoomkoom”
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“Zoomkoom” has an interesting taste: sweet and spicy at the same time!

 

 

 

Ghanaian traditional drink – “zoomkoom”

This is the 22. post from Ghana! And the last one! All the schools which registered in the Mondo’s food project have done their food project now (from September to November).

This post is special not only because it’s the last one from Ghana but this is the first and only which introduces you about the  Ghanaian traditional drink.

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Teacher Janet and camera-student

 

Kongo Junior High School decided to change their food project plan and prepare the drink called “zoomkoom” instead of making “tubani” (some schools have already prepared it!).

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Preparing traditional “zoomkoom” using guinea corn and shea butter

 

“Zoomkoom” is a flour water. “Zoom” means flour in nabt and “koom” means water. This drink is offered to (unexpected) guests, it is easy to make and delicious to taste! So “zoomkoom” is a welcome-to-my-house drink.

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Traditional “zoomkoom” is ready

There are two different variants of “zoomkoom”: the traditional one and more modernized. Kongo JHS prepared them both.

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Preparing modernized “zoomkoom” using millet flour and sugar

Recipe for traditional “zoomkoom”

Ingredients:

– Guinea corn flour mixed with pepper;

– shea butter;

– water.

How to prepare:

1. Mix the flour with shea butter and stir. Use kalabash.

2. Add some water and stir.

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Estonian volunteer, food project co-ordinator and the author of Ghana schools posts Liina tasting “zoomkoom” from kalabash.

 

In modernized “zoomkoom” instead of Guinea corn millet flour is used and sugar is also sugar is added, not shea butter – the rest is the same.

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“Zoomkoom” two different varieties: traditional (brown) and modernized (white)

 

“Zoomkoom” has an interesting taste, it is hot (spicy) and sweet at the same time! It is really nutritious and advised for sportsmen.

Watch our video and try to prepare “zoomkoom” yourself!

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Beans cakes with stew by Yakoti PS

Usually is Ghanaian national dish “tobani” (beans flour cakes) eaten with sheaoil and pepper but Yakoti Primary School wanted to prepare “tobani” with stew.

It is the same dish as “tubani” or “toubani”, different villages call it just differently.

There are some photos about our food project below.

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Our camera-man with Mondo donated tablet.
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Grass and leaves are used in preparing “tobani”
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Cooking place is ready
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Cakes are cooked by steaming
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“Tobani” is ready now, removing the leaves
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Cooks are presenting: stew and beans cakes
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Bon appetit! Head isu! Nayen song ka la sigi!

 

Video tells more than photos, so watch our video too!

 

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Northern Ghanaian most common dish TZ with vegetable soup

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Ghanaian national food: TZ with vegetable soup
In Africa, especially Ghanaians consume varieties of food. One of the most cherished food consumed in the northern part of Ghana is “tuo zaafi” (TZ).

T.Z can be prepared using maize or millet. This millet is sub-divided into two: early millet called “nara” and guinea corn called “kemolega”.

After harvest this harvested millet is dried for 3-4 days and when well dried, you thrash or pound them and afterwards remove all the chaffs from the grains.

Also, the grains are ground using the grinding stone or grinding mill. This ground grains are called flour. This flour will be mixed with water. The water should stay for a day so that fermentation will take place. With your entire cooking utensils ready e.g. stirring rod, pot etc pour the fermented mixture inside the pot on fire and stir till it is uniformly mixed to form porridge. When this porridge is well boiled add flour and start stirring and adding the flour for 2-3 minutes and that makes what is called T.Z.

T.Z can be taken with a lot of soup depending on the kind of soup one prefers: groundnut paste and okro soup (vegetable soup) is what we intend eating with our T.Z.

With your groundnut paste, okro and other ingredients ready, you cut your okro into pieces set your fire and if the water starts boiling, pour your okro inside the pot.

If it starts to boil or boiling add salt bitter into it. In Ghana salt is very important in preparation of any meal, so you add salt and any other ingredients that are made available to you. You can even add meat if you have.

After all this you then serve your bowls and that makes a complete meal for consumption.

Bon appetit!

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Our food project coordinator
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Our chef
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Cutting okro
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Preparing T.Z.
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T.Z. with vegetable soup is ready

Spend the next 10 minutes with us  to see the video and find out how our most common dish is made.

 

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