Year 5 launched their Viking topic with a day of Viking cooking. We began by looking at the food which the Vikings would have been able to grow in Britain and learnt about the way they cooked and prepared their meals. We then dived straight in to making Skause (Viking stew), we began by preparing the vegetables, and there were a lot of them! Turnips, parsnips, carrots, leeks, cabbage and onions went in first. We then prepared the pork (although ours came much nicer prepared than the Vikings would have had) and finally we seasoned our stews using garlic, cumin and coriander. The stew was left on the hot plates for 3-4 hours, plenty of time for the aroma to reach the ends of the KS2 corridor and make everyone feel very hungry! We then moved onto making our bread, you simply can’t have Viking stew without bread. We mixed our wet and dry ingredients together to form a dough, after several minutes kneading it was ready to be shaped and baked in the oven. Once the stew and bread was ready we had a tasting session – some of the children loved the stew and went back for seconds and even thirds, while others decided the texture was too soft for them and they concluded they would not have liked to be a Viking! Overall a fantastic day where the children truly impressed everyone with their cooking skills.
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