Cooking with Children – Around the World

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write.  Happy, busy days, I guess.

Since I have been away and  I feel guilty for neglecting my blog, I thought it would be fun to share recipes my students and I have been enjoying.  My favorite class being, Cooking Around the World.  Immersing the students in flavors and cultures they may not be familiar with has been a joy.

Though I enjoyed making these with my Kindergarten – 5th grade students, they are not “kiddie” recipes.  My challenges in class are my kitchen is a toaster oven, an electric skillet and a griddle, and we get one hour to prep, cook, eat, and clean up.

One of the class favorites was this …

German – HONIG LEKACH / Honey Cake

Our class challenge was taking this amazing loaf (from 196 Flavors) and turning it into mini-muffins.  They baked up in 10 – 12 minutes and made about 6 or 7 dozen mini-muffins.  Obviously I couldn’t bake them all during class in my 60 minute allowance, so my family and I reaped the benefits.

If you are looking for a huge variety of recipes from around the world may I suggest your first stop be this very diverse website. 196 flavors

Other recipes we loved included –

Authentic Mexican Tortillas  

Quick Refried Black Beans

  • ¼ cup Corn oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 cans black beans

Oil the bottom of a large (3-quart) sauce pan with lard or oil and set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add in the black beans. Using a potato masher, mash the beans into a coarse texture and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Serve on tortillas with cheese and chopped cilantro.

Two recipes that my students weren’t enthusiastic to make, but found they loved, were…

Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

and

Ricotta and Spinach Calzones

I hope you take a look at these and bring the children in your life into the kitchen.  They are simple enough, but don’t think they lack in flavor.

 

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