[PROJECT DIARY pt.5] Now, that’s something!

Well, well, well… as the project goes on things are getting more and more serious… aaand more delicious… aaaand sweeter… aaaand merrier.🙂

On Friday (14th of October) teachers Antonela Markotić, Anđelka Medak, and Ivana Sršen with their students and assistants gathered and worked hard to make more apple-based products. So, children mixed and stirred and peeled and cooked and added some of their own magic to make these delicious products. Check it out in the gallery below!

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[PROJECT DIARY pt.3] Top 5 Stories/Myths About Apples

  1. Adam and Eve (Abrahamic Religions)

For anyone who knows the story of Adam and Eve, the apple is a symbol of temptation and desire. A sly snake persuaded Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, resulting in humans being banished from the Garden of Eden after God found out. While the Bible never specifies whether the fruit in question was an apple, influences from Greek mythology resulted in many Renaissance artists depicting Adam and Eve eating an apple. Either way, the moral here is pretty clear: don’t eat fruits because a snake said so.


     2. Hippomenes and Atalanta (Greek Myth)

The decision to make the fruit an apple may have been based on the fact that Ancient Greeks also saw the apple in a similar light. Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, was often depicted holding an apple. She even helped Hippomenes beat Atalanta in a foot race by giving him three golden apples. When he threw them in front of her, Hippomenes was able to slow Atalanta, who could not ignore the temptation and had to stop to pick them up. As a result, Hippomenes was able to win the race and Atalanta’s hand in marriage. I suppose the saying “the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” also applied to Ancient Greek women.

  1. The Judgement of Paris (Greek Myth)

An apple was even used to start the infamous Trojan War, according to the Ancient Greeks. Eris, the goddess of discord, gave an apple inscribed with the phrase “To the fairest” to Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. The three goddesses each desired the apple in order to prove their fairness, prompting them to ask the Trojan mortal Paris to judge their immortal beauty pageant. As a bribe, Aphrodite offered to give Paris the lovely Helen of Sparta if he chose her. When he declared Aphrodite was the fairest of them all, she helped Paris kidnap Helen which incited a 10-year war between Greece and Troy. In hindsight, maybe Aphrodite’s reward was not as great as Paris initially thought.

  1. Heracles and the Golden Apples (Another Greek Myth)

Heracles, in one of his famous Twelve Labours, was commanded by Eurystheus to steal golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides. These apples were a wedding gift from Hera to Zeus, and were said to grant immortality. Heracles was eventually successful in retrieving the apples, using both his brute strength and cunning. Unfortunately, despite the suffering and hardships he faced to find the mystical garden and retrieve the apples, they had to be returned to the goddess Athena who took them back to the garden. To be fair, it is rather rude to steal someone’s wedding gift.

  1. Idunn and Thjazi (Norse Myth)

There is a Norse legend (finally, not Greek!) in which the goddess Idunn cared for the golden apples that kept the gods young. Loki the trickster god helped the giant Thjazi steal her and her apples away from the gods’ realm of Asgard. The gods soon began to age without Idunn’s apples which restored their youth when eaten. It was up to Loki to rescue her in order to prevent them from aging any further. He succeeded in usual Norse myth fashion (a lot of shapeshifting and violence). Say what you want about the Vikings, they knew how to tell interesting stories.

 Text chosen and edited by: PETRA JAKIĆ 6.a


[PROJECT DIARY pt.2] Recipes: Apple Compote


As our project goes on, and as our hardworking students and teachers continue making wonderful products made of apples, we will try to ‘steal’ from them and share with you here a couple of their yummy recipes. Today, it is an apple compote!


1 kg APPLES –  peeled, cored and chopped

60 g SUGAR




Calories: 93 kcal

Time: 60 minutes

Best before: 1 year

Keep in cool and dry place


Peel, core and chop apples into small bits. Then, put them in water with some lemon juice so they don’t go brown. Wash raisins in hot water and rinse. Dried apples, raisins and chopped almonds put together into a jar. Use water and sugar to make syrup. Hot syrup add to the apples. Close the jars and pasteurise them for 20 minutes at 75 degrees. You can add some vanilla sticks at the bottom of the jar.