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It’s not Pizza, its Ladenia!
05 September, 2017
Yes, we know it looks like a Pizza, however during otheannual Greek language immersion classes our South Oakleigh students realized that these delectable breads were actually Ladenies (feminine plural form of Ladenia – we covered the grammar as well). These quick breads were traditionally made during the family weekly bread making session on the islands of Milos and Kimolos. These islands lie on the outer zone of the volcanic arc of the Aegean. Ladenies were made to appease the hunger of the eager family whilst their bread was being baked. Our years 1, 6, 7 and 8 had the opportunity of rolling out the pastry, topping it with fresh vegetables and oil and finally baking their ladenia. There were however a number of persistently pesky pizza lovers who probed “where’s the meat?” they soon realized that Ladenies were vegan out of necessity. The poor households used simple ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and oil. Meat was too special to be used on this humble fare. This engaging lesson was uniquely effective as it was a vehicle to learning, speaking and understanding Greek language and culture. Students discussed the current economic Greek crisis, the historical beginnings of bread, the average amounts consumed and food wastage, all while they created and consumed their mouthwatering breads. There was no food wastage during this lesson! All Ladenies were eagerly consumed.
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