Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pilgrim lunch

Today we enjoyed a more authentic Thanksgiving meal, one without all the Victorian-era trimmings of dressing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce

The Pilgrims would have eaten stewed pompion (pumpkin), but there was no flour or sugar left for pies, let alone an oven for baking them. Scholastic has more information about historically accurate Pilgrim food and customs.

We let the kids eat outdoors on wooden bowls and baskets and without utensils.We tasted bean soup, venison jerkey, dried cranberries, strawberries, and cornbread, with imitation crab legs in lieu of eels, clams, and lobster. We did opt for pumpkin pie instead of stewed squash, though!

7 comments:

Jane said...

What a tasty adventure for your kids! I did make your cornucopia with my students. We used brown butcher paper, a paper cup and balled up tissue paper for the fruits and vegetables. So far a few kids have finished and they look good.

Patti said...

I gave my students 9 corn kernels, a day's rations during the first winter. We also had the traditional feast, thanks to our cafeteria!

Mrs. Pivec said...

That looks like fun. :) I covet your wooden dishes! I look every time I get into Goodwill, but I haven't found any yet!

Anonymous said...

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Amy said...

Very nicely done. What a great activity for the kids and a wonderful way to learn. You always have the best ideas (and I love your dishes too!)

2boysmama said...

Thanks so much for the links and info! I will have to show this to my son tomorrow.

Kimi Harris said...

This sounded like a lot of fun! What a wonderful way to bring history to life for your children. I will tuck this idea away for future use. : )