The children went to the community garden and picked fresh verdura to make a salad and then followed Martina from Gustiamo around the cucina to help fix the rice.
Whenever she requested more salt, they were right there to pour it in…yes, pour. Until she taught them the concept of a ‘dash of salt’. The salt Martina brought over to the Mary Mitchell was new to them, being Sea Salt from Trapani.
And the olive oil? Well, lets just say that the kids kept pouring that on too…Until there was no more Colle Nobile olive oil.
It was something new for the entire Mary Mitchell community. Not eating healthy, because Mary Mitchell always eat healthy but this snack was something else! Made by its very own…
The little chefs and Martina set up a little table and decided to serve every one at the center their special: Salad and Black Rice.
Yes, Black Rice.
Martina schooled everyone and told us where the rice was made (china) and how it was grown (in marshy land…).
Finally, it was tasting time…who will be the first? Some of the staff who didn’t know what the children were cooking sent word down to tell them not to forget to save them a dish.
Everyone in the center was surprised. What’s this black stuff? Black Rice?!
Some kids ate the salad and left the black stuff. Some ate it.
But all kept the memories of Gustiamo and the black rice.