Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Allergies, Politics, and Staff Meetings...

It's sad when a person has a wonderful day, which is then spoiled by the politics of staff meetings.  What a way to spoil a day!

Then, how about adding a last minute cookie baking requirement to my Thursday?  I actually knew it was a possibility, but was admittedly ignoring it.  There is something really intimidating about the following scenario:
--make cookies with your class.  Your students have the following restrictions:  wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, no candy, no artificially coloured/flavoured ingredients.  Oh yes, one student hates chocolate.  Really, really hates it.  The kitchen is unavailable.  PS--you have no brown sugar, the store is closed, there isn't a chance to hit the only grocery store in town after it opens tomorrow.

Seriously?!?!  This is not some random optional challenge, either!  The cookie-making is part of School Spirit Week, and was just a victim of unfortunate timing when it comes to kitchen availability.  The allergies/food restrictions are a very real part of my every day reality.

So, this is the plan.  I've got a recipe for Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.  These are the listed ingredients: butter, brown sugar, vanilla, water, flour, chocolate chips.  These are the ingredients that we are going to experiment with tomorrow:  margarine, white sugar, vanilla, water, oat bran (I don't have any oat flour, of course), and chocolate chips (which the chocolate-hater can skip!).  If I broach the idea as an experiment, a science project, the kids will love it.  Using margarine will eliminate the need to soften the butter.  I'll take my own mixer, and will fight for/beg for/borrow/steal freezer space.  We'll make them early in the that if it all falls apart I can call in reinforcements (aka: Soy Boy's mother to bring in a wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free treat!).

If they turn out, I will share the recipe tomorrow!

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