Kids here choose a project to complete over the summer holiday. As Nagano has the suckiest summer holiday in the world (well Japan anyway- try 20 whole days) the summer projects aren't as involved and impressive as the ones I saw as a teacher in Fukushima.
This year Meg had a choice of making something with clay, painting something from nature, decorating a paper plate and turning it into a picture frame or making a parfait. She was all set to make her paper plate picture frame. She had her picture, her plate, her shells and paints and glue and glitter.
then she met a couple of friends.
And they had made parfaits.
And so Meg needed to make a parfait, too.
At 6pm the day before she went back to school.
And it had to be 'a proper parfait.'
This is a reference to my penchant for substitution.
We don't have frosted cornflakes, marshmallows, ice-cream or wafers and I'm not dragging everyone to the shops now.
With the explanation that you can make a parfait with what we have in the house or go back to the paper plate picture frame idea (for which I had been given adequate notice and had therefore provided a paper plate and all the trimmings) she decided she would make a parfait from what we had.
And so I present:
yoghurt, cereal, coconut, banana, plum, sultanas, nashi and a frozen jelly on top.
Even Meg was pretty pleased with it: