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ambrosia

Ambrosia

1.  A 19th-century salad or dessert made of fresh grated coconut and fresh fruit, especially oranges; popular in the American South.

2.  A cocktail made of lemon juice, brandy, applejack, Cointreau and sparkling wine.

3.  In Greek and Roman mythology, it refers to the food of the gods.

Webster’s New World Dictionary of Culinary Arts

Can you guess the theme of this week’s FACS Soundtrack selections?  Not exactly a mystery, right?  Each of the songs this week will be celebrating a different fruit.  Fruit is often introduced into the FACS curriculum.  Whether it’s a Culinary Arts lesson, and discussion of nutritious snacks for children and food shopping, fruit plays a prominent role in FACS.

So we’re starting off the week with the song Ambrosia by Carole King.  The song lyrics probably refer to definition #2 from the list above but, the song is still appropriate for classroom use in a food context.

In the fields of sweet ambrosia
I’ve been told
You can sit down by the river
And watch yourself unfold
You can drink right from the river
And purify your soul

Oh ambrosia, pour it sweet and slow
I need to be replenished
I need to overflow
Let my senses know your power
Let your holy mix distill
Oh ambrosia
Let my spirit drink its fill

Oh, I’ve been like those people
Who need pain to feel alive
But now I’m kind of like a child
Who’s been slowly reconciled
To waiting on the wisdom that
He knows will soon arrive

In the hills above ambrosia I have seen
A lovely place of mystery with
Meadows emerald green
And the colors of ambrosia
Are as real as any dream
Just as real as any dream

Oh ambrosia, pour it sweet and slow
I need to be replenished
I need to overflow
Let my senses know your power
Let your holy mix distill
Oh ambrosia
Let my spirit drink its fill

Put the fun back into FACS with music!  FACS rocks!

Ramona

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