Around the World in 12 Dishes: India

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. As we travel around the world we’re going to learn about 12 different countries as we eat 12 different dishes. 
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I’m gonna start this off by saying I’m not a big fan of Indian food.  Mainly because I don’t like curry.  So my personal mission was to find something that didn’t involve curry.  And I did.

But to make it I needed tandori paste.  So, we went to our local Indian grocery.
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We explored the differences between our grocery store and what they have.  It’s a fun experience.  They have many of the same things, but have a few interesting additions.  Namely spices, and specialty items.  I highly encourage you to go check out the different cultural grocery stores.  I know my area has Mexican, Asian, and Indian.  I look forward to seeing what others we have.  We’ve now gone to the Asian and Indian markets.

But, we got the items we needed: tandori paste, and I got some more sesame oil.  I love to use that for cooking.  It’s got a great flavor.

INGREDIENTS: chicken breasts, tandori paste, cucumbers, onion, yogurt

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1.  Pound the chicken to about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness.  Princess quite happily helped me pound it flat.

Side note, this is a good time to trim off the fat, it wasn’t included in the directions.

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2.  Measure out 1/4 cup of tandroi paste.  Pour into galon sized ziploc bag.  Measure out 1 cup of plain yogurt.

3.  Smush it all together.  This was quite popular with Princess.

4.  Mince 1/2 onion.  Add into the sauce.  Then put in chicken breasts and let marinate for several hours.

5.  While it’s marinating take about 1 cup of plain yogurt, the cucumber peeled and diced, and 1/4 cup of minced onion together for the sauce.

6.  Cook the chicken.  You can grill it or cook in oven at 375 for 10 minutes or so.

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Serve with pita bread or rice.  I was lucky and had a friend make fresh pitas for me (SCORE!).

END RESULT: While they kids enjoyed cooking it, after I tried it, and discovered it was almost too spicy for me.  I did not serve it to the kids.  I knew that would be a horrible idea.  Horrible, horrible idea.  So, I can’t give you their opinion.  I knew they would not like it.
Have you ever had a recipe you were sure was going to work go so horribly wrong?
 

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Around the World in 12 Dishes: Russia

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with KidsKitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas,Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it – to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun!

beef stroganoff

So, Jeff and I have different tastes in meals.  Usually if I absolutely love a meal, then he’s rather indifferent or dislikes it (spaghetti), and vice versa for me.  So, I’m always happy to find meals we can both like, beef stroganoff is one of those.

 

Now, I am quite sure that my way of making it has absolutely nothing to do with Russia, but it’s popular here, so that’s what counts for dinner.  Now for learning about other cultures………

 

Ingredients: 3 pounds or so of stew meat, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 2 cloves of minced garlic (1 teaspon of the pre-minced kind), 1 cup of sour cream, egg noodles

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1.  Brown the stew meat, then pour it into your slow cooker.

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1b.  Pose as a soldier, and explain to your Mom that you plan on being a soldier or a hero when you grow up.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT STEP.

 

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2.  Add in 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, do not add in broth like we’re doing here.  This will lead to runny sauce, and help you remember to CHECK THE RECIPE, NOT MAKE IT FROM MEMORY.  my bad, it’s a wonder my kids don’t die of food poisoning sometimes.  Okay, not really, I’m not that bad of a cook, but there are times……

 

3.  Add in the garlic, and whatever other random spices you decide to add in.  This is where I drive Jeff nuts because it really is random.  My go to: basil, oregano, or thyme (not really appropriate for Russia, more Italian).

 

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4.  TURN ON YOUR SLOW COOKER.  This is a very important step.  If you don’t do this you will come back at the end of the day and discover raw meat.  That doesn’t work so well………..  You think I’m kidding, dinner that night was going to the grocery store and picking up frozen food.  Low for 8 hours, high for 4.

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5.  Shortly before serving add in the sour cream and stir.

 

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6.  Serve over hot egg noodles.

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It earned 3 thumbs up when I asked their opinion, and the boys went back for seconds.  Nothing left at the end.  Total win.

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Sweden

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”.  We’re traveling around the world with a culinary flair, and a few crafts along the way. 
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This month is SWEDEN!  I theoretically have Swedish ancestors, but aside from a 4th grade report on them I don’t know too much.

So naturally I went to IKEA for some inspiration…….
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And after much playing in the various “houses,” I found my inspiration:
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Swedish Meatballs!  Almost everyone in my family loves them.  I’m horrible at making them (My one attempt as a newly wed ended up with softball sized meatballs that needless to say were burned on the outside and raw on the inside).  So, why not?

I found a recipe at Simply Recipes and got started, since I really didn’t stick to the recipe I’ll give you my version.

1/2 yellow onion chopped up really small
quart size ziploc bag stuffed full of tortilla chips (this would be where I improvised)
2 eggs
1 bound sausage
1 pound hamburger meat
discover there’s no nutmeg, cardamom like you thought you had, so substitute 1 teaspoon dill mixture  (only to find the nutmeg the next day)
1 teaspoon black pepper

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1.  Take your bag of chips and pound them into submission with your meat mallet.  Once they’re the consistency of crumbs add them in with the sausage and the pork.

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2.  Smash together the meat, chopped onion, and the chip crumbs.  I found my Pampered Chef Pastry Cutter to work great for this type of mixing.

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3.  Add the eggs and your spices.  Smush it up some more.
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4.  Make sure their hands are well washed (yes Princess go wash them now), and form the meatballs into little balls.

5.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or so.  If they’re not all the way done they’ll finish in the sauce.

SAUCE

6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1 quart beef stock
1/2 to 3/4 cup of sour cream (I probably used closer to 1 cup, that was my container size)

1.  Melt the butter, when the butter is melted add in the flour.  Let that saute for a little bit.  The website gives a very precise definition of what it should look like.  My flour was an odd mixture of white and whole wheat, so it didn’t look like the pictures did.

2.  Add in the beef stock and let it simmer down.  Here’s where I went wrong.  I misremembered how much a quart is and added in roughly twice the amount of beef broth.  Big soupy mess that just wasn’t really boiling down.

3.  Eventually add in the sour cream and just pretend I meant to make soup.

Serve with meatballs, hot egg noodles, and sauce.  It got a rousing cheer from the monsters, so all is well.
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To explain the thumbs up and down.  They all agreed the meatballs were good, the sauce was mostly good, but the boys did not like the linginberry jelly I had them all try.  That got a thumbs down.

Stay tuned, and hopefully I’ll get some super cute Dala horse cookies made, fingers crossed.

Around the World in 12 Dishes: UK Tea Party

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let’s really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don’t often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.
Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits – from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?
Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids,  Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it – to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun!

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I have to admit the first thing I thought of when I heard United Kingdom was having a tea party.  My kids love to drink tea, and I thought this would be a gentle introduction with things they are mostly familiar with.
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We started mixing and baking, and having fun.

There was a lot of giggling, and spilling, and general fun in making these.

Pumpkin Spice Scones

2 cups flour
7 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter (can also partially freeze)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons cream
1 egg
* this particular time I used 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of each individual spice

Preheat oven to 425.
1.  Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter (hint you can freeze the butter and then grate it with a cheese grater to combine more easily)

2.  Fold in wet ingredients to form ball.  ** this was a very sticky dough, so I coated my hands very thoroughly with flour.**

3.  Form into log and cut dough into triangles.  I formed it into several circles and cut them into wedges.

4.  Bake about 10-12 minutes.

While that was busy baking and the kids were happily munching on their slices of cheese and crackers I made each of us a cucumber sandwich.

Kids version:

Slice cucumbers fairly thin, spread cream cheese over bread and then layer cucumbers.  That’s it.

Adult version:

Buy flavored cream cheese, I got the garlic flavor, yum, yum, yum.  Spread thickly over your bread.  Slice a cucumber thinnly and layer a lot of them all over.  Eat and ENJOY!
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Orindarily our tea parties are at the dining room table with my fine china and good manners.  However, February has been a month of sickness and Jeff working late many nights, and just generally being overly tired.

So, we, as in I because Jeff didn’t get home until after their bedtime, opted to watch the Max and Ruby episode set in London while we ate our tea party.

All in all, this month we didn’t learn super a lot about our country, so I’m setting a poor first example, but I plan to go back and have us learn more.

Around the World in 12 Dishes

Around the world in 12 Dishes