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  • helen_chin
  • Adventurer

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    • September 03, 2010, 09:48:17 am
    • Gwangju
International Food project for Winter Camp
« on: December 06, 2011, 02:33:37 pm »
Hi,
Winter Camp is approaching and an idea came to my mind. I'm pretty sure it's been done. I want to ask if anyone has done this before and offer me some suggestions.
I want to do an International Food project where students choose a country and the national dish of that country, design a poster and then make the dish (in class) and share it with everyone else.
I imagine this will take about an hour a day for 3-4 days.
Suggestions much appreciated :)


  • teachermc
  • Super Waygook

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    • March 04, 2010, 11:47:41 am
    • Tongyeong, South Korea
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Re: International Food project for Winter Camp
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 02:56:19 pm »
Every time camp rolls around my coteachers have tried to pressure me into doing something cooking related for camp.  It is not that I am set against it, I just do not see how it is feasible.  Where would the ingredients, equipment and assistance in translation come from?  In the past, coteachers have tried to name dishes that they think are easy and would not require special things, but these usually amount to the same list of foods people here seem to think foreigners eat every day (sandwiches, pancakes, cake, etc).

What foods did you have in mind?  Does your school already have some cooking equipment on site?  What kind of budget is your school willing to provide?


  • helen_chin
  • Adventurer

    • 40

    • September 03, 2010, 09:48:17 am
    • Gwangju
Re: International Food project for Winter Camp
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 08:39:54 am »
My co teachers said students can just bring gas cookers from home (they would only need it for one day). Our school usually gets a nice budget for Winter camp so we would buy the gas, ingredients and plastic forks, plates etc...
I think just choosing simple cultural dishes that is easy to make and using ingredients that are easy to buy.
I haven't really thought it through. If I do it, I'll post my lesson plan up :)


  • teachermc
  • Super Waygook

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    • March 04, 2010, 11:47:41 am
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Re: International Food project for Winter Camp
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 12:40:53 pm »
My co teachers said students can just bring gas cookers from home (they would only need it for one day). Our school usually gets a nice budget for Winter camp so we would buy the gas, ingredients and plastic forks, plates etc...
I think just choosing simple cultural dishes that is easy to make and using ingredients that are easy to buy.
I haven't really thought it through. If I do it, I'll post my lesson plan up :)

I hope I did not come across as overly negative.  I really am interested in hearing about how other teachers have made something like this work.  My coteacher just asked me the other day if I would plan a 'cooking camp' and I responded the same way as I did last semester.  Without knowing what is possible in terms of equipment, coteacher support, and a budget for ingredients, it is impossible for me to plan a cooking camp. 

I look forward to seeing your ideas for foods within these constraints.


Re: International Food project for Winter Camp
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 03:08:39 pm »
I know this is an old post, but I did this activity just last summer with my kids. I chose a country for each day and each day we made a food unique to that country and did a craft that was from the country.

One day was the Ukraine and we made blinis and dyed eggs to simulate the special egg dying tradition they have. One day was Africa where we made mandizis, and made drums. It worked really good. I controlled the cooking that involved fire and hot oils. I just made sure to choose foods that had a lot of prep so it could be hands-on. bread and fried pastries worked. for the blinis/crepes, the kids stood in line so they could swirl the batter. Since crepes are thin, they didn't spend a lo of time swirling the batter in the pan.

As long as you organize everything down to the letter, and set up ahead of time, you should be alright.