Kitchen Garden

This is where you can find everything that we are doing in the Kitchen and Garden Program.
You’ll find all of the delicious recipes and photos of the seasonal plants that are growing in our garden. You will also read information and reviews about the food that we cook.

Kitchen garden!

Today we had a great day in the kitchen and garden. We worked in the garden before recess. Then for kitchen we made handmade pasta and a delicious vegetable sauce. Here are some photos from the day.




Please see see below for some comments from the talented students of MJT about their experience of the day.

Handmade pasta

Handmade pasta

Pasta is an Italian cuisine. It is made from wheat flour, eggs and olive oil.

Types (shapes) of pasta:

Spaghetti (round-rod), Fettucine (ribbons), Lasagne (flat sheets), Linguine (flattened spaghetti),

Pappardelle (thick flat ribbon), Cannelloni (large tubes). There are lots more!

How to colour the pasta (add these):

Green: spinach or green herbs

Red: Beetroot, tomato


Fresh from the garden



Apron, pasta machine,


1 cups of plain flour (may need to add upto a 1/3 more)

2 eggs

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 pinch of salt


What to do

1. Place the flour on the clean table in front of you in a pile/mound.

2. Make a well (a hole) in the middle of the flour.

3. Crack the eggs and olive oil into the well.

4. Using your fingers, beat the eggs and slowly bring some flour into the egg mixture,

working from the inside of the well, out.

5. When the dough comes together, begin to knead it with your hands.

6. Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough for about 6 minutes, or until it is

light and elastic.

7. Now wrap the dough in gladwrap, and let it rest at room temperature for around 20

minutes, while you clean up your table.


RULE #1 never wash the pasta machine in water. Just like the rolling pins, they will rust on the


1. The pasta machine should be secured to the table.

2. Cut you dough in pieces the size of an orange.

3. With setting on the biggest number (widest setting), roll the dough through the machine.

You need to work as a team here; your partner winds the handle slowly, while you guide

the dough through to the other side.

4. Now turn the setting to the next number, working down 7, 6, 5, 4 and so on. Put the dough

through again at each number, STOP at setting 2.

5. CUTTING THE PASTA: Change the setting to fettuccine setting.

6. Slowly roll the pasta through this setting. When it comes out the other end, if any pieces

are stuck together, carefully pull them apart.

7. Now place the fettuccine on the cloths horse to dry.

Tomato and basil pasta sauce


Tomato and basil pasta sauce

This basic pasta sauce is a good way to use up any summer herbs and vegetables we have in the garden.


Fresh from the garden

Tomatoes, basil, eggs (in the pasta)


Saucepan, wooden spoon, chopping board, knife,


1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 onion, sliced

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 x 800g tin of crushed tomatoes

pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 cup chopped basil

1 red capsicum, diced

ANY vegetables from the garden, chopped

sprinkle of parmesan cheese


What to do

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.

3. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute

4. Add the tomatoes and diced capsicum, reduce the heat and simmer for 8-10

minutes, until thickened.

5. Stir through the salt and pepper, basil and parsley.

6. Serve on top of freshly cooked pasta and serve with Parmesan cheese on top.

First Kitchen and Garden of term 2

Hey guys this is Eldion and Jye, this is our first Kitchen and Garden  for term 2.  On the 14/4 /16 we interviewed our class about what they want to learn in the garden and what they are curious about this is some of the answers.

How do worms help the garden?

How much eggs can a chicken lay  in a week?

How many leave grow on a herb?

How do you plant a leak?

What sort of bugs are in the garden?

How do cherries grow?

This is what our class is curious about in the garden.

How long does it take for a broccoli to grow?

Why do some chickens have feathers and some don’t?

This is what our class wants to learn in kitchen

How to cook a pizza?

How to cook ice cream?

How to make a salad?

How to cook chocolate?

How to cook lasangnaana?

How to cook rubad cupcakes?

This is what were curious about

Why are there so many oils to cook with?

Why is butter used in lots of recipes?

Why are there so much sugar in recipies?

We are looking forward to finding out about some of our curiosities!


– Eldion & Jye


First kitchen session for the year!

Today we had our first kitchen session for the year. It was a last minute timetable swap (we were due to have it next week, but we will be at camp during our usual kitchen/garden time). The team was lucky to have both Mel and Linda for the session. Linda is new to our kitchen program and brings with her not only great skills and knowledge of food, but she is also Italian. Linda will also be teaching us the fundamentals of cooking and also some Italian. So if your child suddenly comes home speaking a different language, now you know why!

Today we went over the safety rules of the kitchen. We also learnt how to correctly use a knife. We have brand new knives in the kitchen so it’s important we know how to use them.
The students applied their new knowledge by making beautiful fruit and vegetable platters.
After that they were required to follow a recipe to make delicious guacamole and tzatziki dips.

Remember our kitchen/garden sessions are on a Thursday and we (grade 4) are every second week. Our next session is on the 17th march. If you would like to join us and help then please come and see me!






Mr. T

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