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Right from early age pasta has always been a firm favourite with my children and, as a busy working mother, very quick and versatile evening supper. We often get into the habit of just grabbing a bag off the shop’s shelf without contemplating that there are over 600 pasta shapes to choose from. So next time you are out shopping pick up something different to try. We have created a recipe in this blog and there are some pasta facts for you to enlighten your children with:

1.     The Chinese were tucking into to pasta as early as 5,000 BC; however, according to Larousse Gastronomique (the bible of French cooking) the first reference to pasta can be traced back to Sicily in the Middle Ages.

2.     Almost every country has added a particular twist to the pasta family, for the instance it’s noodles in the Far East, in Greece it’s Hilopites, Germany Spaetzle and there are Jewish Kreplach dumplings.

3.     There are tons of naturally coloured pastas:

Green pasta = Spinach

Black pasta = Squid ink

Pink pasta = Beetroot

Red pasta = Tomato

Orange pasta = Carrot

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4.    The best pasta is made from Durum wheat, refined to make semolina – anyone remember semolina pudding at school? Making pasta out of it is a much better idea!

5.     Basic white pasta, other than supplying pure energy, is really empty carbs. Whilst the finest (and expensive!) pasta can contain essential minerals and brown whole-wheat pasta is a slow-releasing energy carb with loads more vitamins and minerals, in order to make the bog standard off the shelf white pasta a useful cooking commodity we need to add value by creating a dish containing fibre, minerals, proteins and vitamins. We can do this by jazzing it up with a mixture of rainbow coloured vegetables and protein, then we are able to say we have a Healthy Pasta dish!

Making yoghurt in school

yoghurtThe children and I had fun making yoghurt. It was the pure magic of nature’s helping hand to create something that we all take for granted and just go into our supermarkets and buy off the shelf. To explain how it works and to experience making it was very visual, tasty and really magical. It is a tricky concept – a living bacteria that you can’t see making a significant change in another substance. When I told my 6 year olds that there are bacteria everywhere all around us but you just can’t see them without a microscope, their eyes seemed to flitter around the room as if looking for any signs or indication that there was something else living that they could not see but that if they looked hard enough it would appear. They looked down at their feet and at their hands to see if they could spot any other life forms on them. “Like fairies” one of them said. “You can never spot them either. They collect your teeth in the middle of the night and you never see them”. We looked at pictures of bacteria then it seemed to sink in a bit more. They then started to relate bacteria to objects they could see without a microscope. “They look like sausages” another child said. “Big rain drops”. One child described a bacteria looking like a round blob with lots of dangly arms…”They do have eyes and noses, they do – I’ve seen them”. Then I realised it was probably one of those naughty bacteria you see on the Dettol adverts.