What does Farm to Table and Slow Food mean? For starters it means delicious, wholesome food, and I think Team Forest would agree as they devoured the biscuits!
We started with fresh local corn from Emily's farmer friends Aaron and Dana. They farm Around the Table Farm in Poulsbo, WA using organic farming methods, companion planting and crop rotation.
Not only was this corn grown with much love and care, but the soil it was planted in was tilled by two giant horses that belong to another local farmer, Betsy, from Laughing Crow Farm.
|Animal powered Farming! Draft horses and sisters Abby and Red of Laughing Crow Farm|
|Beautifully colored corn, about to become corn flour!|
Making the biscuits was a fun but slow process. First the students took the corn kernels off the corn.
|Olivia helping one of the students turn the mill wheel.|
Next we used a grain mill to grind the corn into flour
|The corn flour still has some of the beautiful colors|
|Jen helping the kids make the biscuit dough|
We took the corn flour over to the cob oven in the garden, and started making biscuits. The recipe calls for buttermilk, so instead of buying buttermilk, the kids made buttermilk! All you need to make buttermilk is a carton of cream and lots of people willing to shake it.We put the buttermilk into a glass jar and took turns shaking it while we walked around the garden, and in no time we had both fresh butter and buttermilk.
The kids rolled out the biscuit dough--some in funny shapes!
And we put the trays into the cob oven and baked them using heat from a wood fire.
|Nice hot coals to bake delicious biscuits|
When the biscuits were golden colored and ready to eat, we took the butter we had saved from the buttermilk process and added some honey to it to make delicious honey-butter...Yum!
Here is the recipe:
Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits (makes 8 biscuits)
1 1/3 Cup flour
2/3 Cup polenta style cornmeal
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter diced
3/4 Cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl whisk flour, cornmeal, baking power, baking soda, sugar and salt.
Rub 2 Tablespoons butter into flour mixture with fingertips until incorporated. Work remaining butter in until pea size. Gently stir in buttermilk.
Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness, cut into desired shapes and bake for about 15 minutes.