You Are What You Ate

Food, fun and history: February half term children’s activities

Would you like to do something completely different this half term? Do you like finding out about how people used to live and eat? What was it like to live at a time when there was no electricity and people had to cook over a fire? How would you have coped?

You are what you ate and Wak efield Council have organised some fun activities for children, taking place at wonderful historical places in the Wakefield region.

On Tuesday 22 February, you can find out who is coming for dinner at Clarke Hall. How did people cook at this lovely old house, what kinds of foods did they eat and how did they eat them? How healthy were they? Come along to make your own sweets and butter and help prepare the table (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: ages 5 to 12).

On Wednesday 23 February at Sandal Castle (the dramatic castle overlooking the Calder valley), you can learn how the horrible plague known as the Black Death changed people’s lives forever. Why did the sick think that what they ate would keep the plague away? How did they us e food as med icine? Come along and make your own herb bags and poultices (11am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 2.30pm: ages 5 to 12).

On Thursday 24 February at Wakefield Museum, the littlest ones can play games, hear stories and make gingerbread men using an historical recipe (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: under 5s only).

On Friday 25 February at Clarke Hall, find out about how medieval food was never quite what it seemed. Cooks could make fantasy animals, fruits out of meat and castles out of sugar. You might have heard of four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie? Well, that was the least of what they could do! Come and learn why they did this and make your own illusion food (10.30am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm: ages 5 to 12).

In order to avoid disappointment, booking is essential for all these activities. For more information or to book, please call Clarke Hall on 01924 302700.

You Are Serving WHAT For Dinner

Peel a banana and spread peanut butter all over it to give it the appearance of a hot dog. Serve it in a hot dog bun with some strawberry preserve drizzled over the hotdog to make it look like ketchup.

For the fries, peel some apples and cut them int o sticks resembling fresh fries. Roll them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and bake them for 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 400 F oven. Serve with a side of strawberry pres erve as fake ketchup.

Fool everyone in the family with these fun dinner and desert ideas. They won believe you are actually serving cake for dinner and spaghetti for dessert.

Your Family will be in for a big surprise with this meatloaf cake.

Prepare your favorite meatloaf and bake it in two 9 inch cake pans. Reduce the cooking time from what you would usually cook it since the meatloaf cake is thinner.

While the meatloaf cakes are baking, prepare some creamy mashed potatoes. Spread a layer of mashed potatoes on one of the cakes and top it with the second one. Use the remaining mashed potatoes to your cake. Cut a few cherry tomatoes in half and use them to decorate the top.

Since your serving cake for dinner, it only makes sense to eat spaghetti for dessert.

Put a slice of pound cake on a plate. Spoon some softened ice cream in a pastry bag with a thin round tip. Pipe the ice cream over the pound cake in a swirly motion to resemble spaghetti noodles. Freeze for about 15 20 minutes to allow the ice cream to harden back up. Top with strawberry jam as tomato sauce and a few coconut flakes to resemble Parmesan cheese.

Meals like these deserve a fun twist on a beverage as well. Prepare some lemon Jello and pour it into glasses. Add a straw and let it set. It will look just like a glass of lemonade. You can even decorate the glass with a slice of lemon.

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