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


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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