November 21, 2006
I have long been promising to get a few of our fun projects up on the blog. This one was part of the 2004-5 school-year and pretty yummy. The children liked the way it looked much more than the way it tasted (you know how kids are about mixing things on the plate). This delicious "shepherd's pie" is shaped like a towering potato volcano, complete with red bell pepper and cheddar lava flows and tiny parsley trees along the mountainside. Under the "earth's crust" there is rock, waiting to be melted by the oven "core's" heat (meat). We enjoyed doing quite a few fun volcano projects during this time, but this one was by far the tastiest. I did a search for "potato volcano" on the net and found another recipe for a dessert (in case you have a sweet tooth), but Family Fun's version is not listed online. If you want to make the same one I did, you'll have to check out or purchase the archived magazine listed below (be sure to add garlic salt!).
There's a nice shot of the "mountain range" in the oven. Aren't they pretty? I hated to eat them. We made way too many for us to eat, so we gave a few to our friends. The other item on the plate is "Baked Macaroni and Cheese" (also from the same article in Family Fun). The two recipes were from famous restaurants which they were touring and reviewing for their readers (they were being visited because they had kid-friendly menu items). While I enjoyed this project, it was a LOT of work (especially the Mac-n-Cheese recipe). The sad part is that it is a perfect treat for elementary kids, but probably easier for the junior high tweenies to pull off in the kitchen. If you have some older kids, you might enlist them for a fun earth-science slash home-ec assignment and get the whole family involved!
Happy homeschooling and hope your little budding volcanologists enjoy!
Recipe and inspiration for "Potato Volcano" and "Baked Macaroni and Cheese" from Family Fun Magazine (October 2003 Issue)
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