Green eggs and ham were on the menu this month at momstown Milton’s Junior Chef program. In honour of the beloved classic “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss, our little chefs got busy in the kitchen creating our own version of the tasty dish.
We started off by reading the book! It was amazing to see how many of the children knew the story, and also how many who knew it so well they could were shouting out the words! Everyone confirmed that they indeed “LOVE” green eggs and ham, and we were all excited to wash our hands and get busy at the table.
The eggs were pre-boiled… kids don’t love sitting and waiting for eggs to boil, and we wanted them to be cool to the touch to make for easier handling by little hands. We boiled 14 eggs. Put the eggs in cold water, put on high heat and once they start to boil, set a timer for 6 minutes. Once they are done run them under cold water for a few minutes to cool.
We got to work peeling the eggs. This was a tricky job for little hands, but luckily we had some big kids with us today who were egg peeling pros! It is a tricky operation for the little ones who don’t tend to be very delicate when working with their hands! We were making devilled eggs, so keeping the egg white in reasonably good shape is the goal when peeling off the shells! Though we lost a few whites in the process (both to nibblers and to eggs that just ended up smashed), we had plenty for everyone.
The eggs were cut in half and the yolks put into a large mixing bowl. Everyone had a chance to smush up the yolks with a fork, which they all seemed to delight in!
Because we had a big group, we started cutting up our chives to minimize the chances of kids getting bored while they waited for their turns with the smushing. The little ones got some help with the scissors from mom, and the bigger kids had a lot of fun snipping chives on their own.
We added a tablespoon of dijon mustard, about ½ a cup of mayo, a teaspoon of salt and a touch of green food colouring gel and everyone got stirring. Our egg mixture turned a lovely shade of green! Once the mix was ready, the fun really began! We got out a big piping bag and everyone had a chance to pipe the mixture into the waiting egg whites. They really needed to use their muscles! The eggs looked so yummy that “Sam I Am” wouldn’t have too hard a time convincing any of them to try them!
After filling our eggs we took five minutes to put together a little skewer that would hold our ham. The kids had fun putting the ham on the skewer. Some used the skewer for the egg, some made a sandwich with the ham and egg, then stuck the skewer in it, and some (especially the younger ones) were so excited to dig in that their skewer got left on the side of their plate!
After the kids devoured our plate of colourful eggs, they were ready to play! What a fun morning we had with our little ones. Everyone loved their green eggs and ham! What a treat to see the junior chefs in action. They all worked so well together and we all had a lot of fun. If you haven’t checked out the momstown Milton Junior Chef program, you should! Such fun!