1. water. 2. yeast. 3. honey. 4. flour. 5. milk.
She stressed that their bakery used only these ingredients, all-natural, without preservatives, additives and so on. Furthermore, she brought the grains out to show the kids and let them feel the difference between refined white flour and whole grain flour.
She then stressed that the bakery baked bread using whole grain flour. Wow. The kids seemed to be suitably determined that from then on, they will only eat whole grain stuff. haha.
She also let them taste and feel all the other main ingredients. The funny thing is, since all the kids were so impressed, they even wanted to feel and taste water, as if it was some special water that was used.
When she came to yeast (not the dried kind), she did say it might be yucky to some. So all the kids didn't want to even come near it but ds1 wanted to smell how yucky it is. So she let him. haha, he wrinkled up his nose and scrunched up his face. Even my 18 yr old students don't like the smell when we use yeast in Bio labs.
Then the kids were brought around the facility, to see the mill, the giant mixers, the giant oven and how the dough is knead by the baker. The kids were all "oohing, aahing, wowing", cos everything was super sized. I was impressed that the oven could bake 800 loaves at a time. Something like that, now the exact figure is not too clear in my head.
The white bread loaf would feel much lighter than a whole grain bread loaf too. And they even quote from Dr Sears, a parenting guru, that "White bread is air bread. Whole grain is heavier because it's muscle bread." :-)
The best part: each kid was given a loaf of whole grain bread and a huge chocoloate chip cookie. My, the cookie tasted so good, warm and fresh out of the oven. The bread too, smelt and tasted really delicious. Only thing, both boys were not used to whole grain and didn't really like the rougher texture. But the "brainwashing" did work, and ds1 was compelled to finish up a thick slice, just so he'd have bigger muscles. :-)
The teacher was so nice. There were extra cookies and she offered ds2 one, all to himself.
Above left: the school with a tree that shde all its leaves already, and another still in its red glory.
2 other moms were there at the school playground too. River's mom also brought her younger one, a girl, who happily rode on a trike. So adorable. (above left).