Winner - Etienne F., Grade 5.
One of our own won last year's Elementary Healthy Howard Cook Off! As a result of winning, Etienne F. had to participate in a cooking demonstration at the YMCA for Family Fun Night. The video of the demonstration is currently featured on Healthy Howard website www.HealthyLittleCooks.com and on the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHyyPFdegvs&list=PL-f4poj7gTDn6d1j06z5g-kmmfFCgS0sW
Be on the look out for more information regarding this year's Cook Off! We would love to see another Jeffers Hill student as a winner!
About this Recipe: By: Etienne Frimpong, Grade 5 (2014)
I created this recipe because my grandmother is from Syria and she always cooked with spices such as mixed spice and cumin so when I smell them it reminds me of her. Salmon is a great fish to cook with because it is rich in Omega3 and protein. I feel good when I eat salmon.
This recipe is important to me because ingredients such as garlic, olive oil, lemon and ginger are very good for your digestive system and for your immune system, as well as, very delicious when combined. I play a lot of sports so I need to eat well and strengthen my body all the time. At the end of a meal you should feel good, not bad. I feel good when I eat salmon.
Ingredients (serves 2)
4 oz Fresh Salmon
2 Cups of Cooked Brown Rice
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Onion
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Lemon Juice
2 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Old Bay
1 tsp Mixed Spice
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 Sprig Pars ley
1. In a glass bowl, combine 1/2 the onion (sliced), olive oil, 1/2 the lemon (juice), (chopped) garlic cloves, ginger and all the spices.
2. Rinse the salmon under running water. Pat dry and cut into slices the size of your little finger.
3. Gently fold the salmon into the mixture in the bowl. Cover and move to the side.
4. Using a clean chopping board, slice the peppers and carrots.
5. Heat a skillet with a tablespoon of grape seed oil over a medium heat. Add the reminder of the sliced onion, peppers, carrots and remainder of lemon juice. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from skillet into a bowl and sit to the side.
6. Heat skillet with 1 tbsp of grape seed oil over a medium heat. Add the salmon pieces ONLY to the skillet and turn each side until it is light brown (approx 1 minute each side).
7. Now add the contents from the bowl over the salmon. Simmer for 2 minutes before adding the vegetables. Simmer on low with the lid on for 2 minutes.
8. Heat the rice.
9. Prepare your plate with rice, salmon and vegetables and garnish with parsley.
Above artwork by Madison D. - kindergarten, visual arts
Believe, Dream, Inspire
By: Autumn S.
Once, there was a boy named Samuel he was in the 5th grade. He was diffrent. Samuel had a learning disabilitie. He got teased because he couldn’t figure out math problems faster then other kids and it took him a while to read a sentence. So children teased him they called him mean name’s like “dumb and stupid.” Samuel didn’t like it! So one day when someone was teasing him he ignored them and said to him self “I can do this!” He kept repeating that when something puzzled him. One day a girl named Kate started to be nice to him. She relized he wasn’t diffrent or weird. One day Bobby called Samuel “stupid” Kate overheard and she was furious! She asked Mr. Baker to give a speech to the 5th grade. She said “Samuel is not diffrent he is a person, he has 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 eyes, 1 mouth, and 2 ears, but most important he has a heart. He is like all of us. We should not disrespect him he has never been mean to us! He is a person too! He has feelings too! That inspired everyone to be nice to Samuel. They helped him when he needed help. The children never called him names again. Kate is a leader she made a diffrence.
P.S. Be a leader & stick up for others!
Above artwork by Elisabeth M. - kindergarten, visual arts
The Winner Is …
‘…And he goes for the point and … SCORE!! The Miami Heat have won their first game of the season!’ said the announcer. That was last night.
My interest in basketball started when I was 6 years old. I watched my favorite stars play regularly. I followed my dream by playing for my schools. Now I’m in a high school basketball team. I believe that one day I can be drafted to the NBA and inspire other kids like I was.
Today is a big day for me because my high school basketball championship is today and my team, ‘The Lions’ are playing ‘The Rockets’.
‘Today is the big day!’, said my dad excitedly. I ate my breakfast in silence. When I finished, we went to my school basketball court.
‘All right team,’ my coach said. ‘We are going to win this championship fair and square!’ I put my hand in. ‘1,2,3,LIONS!!’
Outside the locker room, ‘Now for first team’, The announcer said, ‘The Lions!’ My team and I came out and there was a lot of cheers. ‘And now, ‘The Rockets’’! Tons of cheers. As they came out, we went to the sidelines. Did you know this game is on TV? Yeah, it is.
When it was time to play I couldn’t believe how good the Rockets defense was. I kept shooting and they kept blocking. At halftime, we had 40 and they had 70. Post halftime, they didn’t block my shots but we blocked their shots. So by the end of the 3rd quarter, we had 70 and they had 75. At the very last 5 seconds of the game, something amazing happened. They were counting down, 5,4,3,2,1. At the very last second I jumped from the foul line and I did a SLAM DUNK!! ‘And he goes for the point and … SCORE!! The Lions have won the championship. My FIRST ever major basketball championship! I was thrilled!
Coincidentally, Erik Spoelstra, The Miami Heat Head coach was watching the game. He came over to my coach and asked, ‘Hey who did that dunk?’ My coach pushed me forward happily. ‘I want you to play for The Miami Heat’, said Mr. Spoelstra. I was surprised, ecstatic and confused all at the same time. By seeing the look on my face, my coach said, ‘I think he’d love to.’ I grinned.
‘All right,’ Mr. Spoelstra said, ‘meet me at the Miami Heat Stadium at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.’ Then he gave me a card that said Miami Heat on it. ‘What’s this for?,’ I asked. ‘Security,’ he said.
On Sunday afternoon, my mom and dad drove me to the Miami Heat Stadium. When we got to the entrance, I saw big and tall security guards standing in the way. ‘Card,’ he said. I felt my pockets. Nothing!! ‘Oh my gosh,’ I said. The entrance will close and it takes 30 minutes to get home and back! I felt my pockets again and it was there. ‘Phew,’ I thought. ‘Here,’ I said. They let me pass.
When I saw the stadium, my eyes popped. When my foot touched the court, I saw Lebron James shoot a three pointer. Mr. Spoelstra walked up to me, ‘Ready for you interview?,’ he asked. ‘Wait, what?,’ I asked I will not tell you what happened in there. But I will tell you this much. – I will be playing for the Miami Heat. YES!! You heard me right, I’m in the team.
Okay, tomorrow is second game of the season and we’re playing against the Chicago Bulls! When I was practicing, I believed I could make that shot and I did! That night I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned.
At the game, the first 3 quarters was just horrible. They kept blocking my shots but I couldn’t block their shots. So at the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 75 to 55 bulls. I was angry. So I did it again. There were counting down, 5,4,3,2,1. At the last second I jumped at the foul line and …SLAM DUNK!! ‘The Miami Heat have won their 2nd game of the season!’ said the announcer. The score was now 116-115 Heat. I won my 1st NBA game!
All the players and I went to shake hands with each other. Then all of the players on the Miami Heat raised me on their shoulders and walked back to the locker room. In the locker room, Mr. Spoelstra was saying, ‘We thank Varun Rao for making us win the game tough I have 1 question. How did you do that dunk? I don’t know,’ I said.
My family celebrated that night, then I went to bed. After I did that dunk, I heard a little boy in the stands say to his mom, ‘I want o be a basketball player some day. Maybe you can,’ she said. Because she knew he was inspired and he believed in himself. All he had to do was follow his dreams.