I am always searching for new recipes that the children can make when they visit Casa Noua. Actually, I am always searching for recipes that I can translate into Romanian so the children can make them. So, even with Ioana the help translate, I am limited by my ability to translate a recipe into Romanian. And, of course, that means I have to admit that I have limits to my abilities...not an easy thing for a Type A+ perfectionist! Is it crazy or isn't it?
Yesterday we made "Crazy Cake" with the youngest children from Speranta. It is an old recipe from the Depression and is very simple, but very tasty. While the cake was baking we had a Bible story and then played outside. We ate the cake for snack and the children went back to the orphanage very pleased with themselves as cooks.
Today an older group of boys came to Casa Noua (from the same center) and wanted to know what they would be cooking today. Not only had they heard about the marvelous cake the group made yesterday, but they also knew what ingredients were needed to make it. We had not even considered a cooking activity with this group because they were older boys. We thought for sure they would prefer to play archery or ping pong or soccer outdoors instead of cooking inside. (However, we did manage to sneak in a short English lesson.)
Is it crazy or isn't it? I think we (Carol, Rich, and Ioana) learned something today, and that is to always think outside of the box, even if we think it is crazy!