German parsley potato salad

German Parsley Potato Salad

German Parsley Potato Salad

Country we are exploring:  Germany

Continent :Europe

Language spoken: German

English Recipe Name: German parsley potato salad

German Name:   German Petersilienkartoffeln

 

Did you know?

Like many European countries, Germany is composed of a large number of immigrants. Immigrants are people that move from one country into another. Imagine abandoning your language, culture, and way of life! That’s why many kids can have a hard time adjusting to these new countries.

Action ideas: Do you know what an immigrant means? Do you know someone who is an immigrant? What should you do when you meet a new child who is an immigrant at your school?  Do you think California has the same issue as Germany when it comes to immigrants?

Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action

Ingredient spotlight:  Parsley

  • It contains three times as much vitamin C as oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach
  • For a natural breath freshener, try a sprig of parsley
  • Parsley contains vitamin A and is a good source of copper and manganese

Serving Size: 4

INGREDIENTS

750g small potatoes
30g butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 dessert spoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

4 Sausages (optional)

 Big Chef Duties:

  • Boil potatoes with salt
  • Melt the butter in a pan, add the skinned potatoes and then sprinkle over the salt.
  • Boil bratwurst, frankfurters, or knackwurst sausages for five minutes

Little Chef Duties:

  • Peel the potatoes
  • Chop the parsley
  • Combine potatoes with salt, and melted butter
  • Sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley, shake the pan to distribute the parsley and serve immediately.
  • Add the sausages

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact)

What causes bubbles to form when boiling water?

  • As the water starts to get hot, a lot of bubbles will form down the walls of your water container. These bubbles are AIR. Normally water has a lot of air dissolved on it. This is what allows breathing to fish and other aquatic beings. The solubility of gases decreases when the temperature is raised, and that is why the dissolved air bubbles out from the water.
  • Dogs are kings in Germany: they can go just about everywhere: first class restaurants, trains and buses, even clothing shops and bookstores. But NOT in a Metzgerei (butchers) and rarely in a Konditorei or a Bakerei. But guess what, they even have their own pools!
  • Parsley is the world’s most popular herb. It derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery” (parsley is a relative to celery).

PRESENTATION

  • Place the potato in the dish and serve with your favorite sausage.

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:

Guten Appetit! Mahlzeit!

All Natural Strawberry Lemonade

Country we are exploring: United States  Strawberry Lemonade

Continent: North America

National Language: English

English Recipe Name: All Natural Strawberry Lemonade

Fun Fact about the country: America uses a lot of food-related phrases when describing itself!  It has long been known as a “melting pot” because it is the home of people from all over the world who blend together, but more recently it has also been described as a “salad” because each group also manages to remain unique.  It seems that everyone can agree on apple pie though, since the phrase “as American as apple pie” has long been popular for describing something typically American!

Did you know?

In America, many popular kids books are banned or censored in schools and libraries. Among these books include Harry Potter, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Lorax, and Where’s Waldo?

Action ideas: Parents should guide their children’s reading and exposure to books as they see fit outside of school environments. The public library can assist in this process by providing reader’s advisory services, booklists, and other related services in a positive, pro-active manner.

Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action: http://www.kidspeakonline.org/, http://www.pabbis.com/

Kids love this country because…
The American city of Los Angeles is the birthplace and home of many popular kids television shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, and Yo Gabba Gabba. These shows are not only entertaining but have become stuck in young hearts around the world!

Ingredient spotlight:  Lemon  

Did you know Lemons are…?
 
The lemon is native to Asia, around Northeast India, North Burma, and China.

Lemons are believed to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

Christopher Columbus took lemon seeds with him to the America’s in 1493, introducing the fruit there. 

Due to its high acidic nature the juice of a lemon can be used for cleaning. Lemon halves dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten up copper and clean kitchenware.

The top 5 producers of lemons in the world each year, in no particular order, are China, India, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

INGREDIENTS

8 large strawberries, halved
2 tablespoons white sugar
7 cups water, divided
1 cup white sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

PREPARATION

  1. Place strawberries in a blender; top with 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour 1 cup water over sugared strawberries. Blend until strawberry chunks transform into juice.
  2. Combine strawberry juice, 6 cups water, 1 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a large pitcher; stir until blended. Chill before serving.

12 SERVINGS

Big Chef Duties:

  • Handling cutlery and blender

Little Chef Duties:

  • All steps are little chef friendly with big chef guidance.

Practice setting the timer or keeping time with your kids for 30, 20, or 35 minutes and do a Learn While You Wait exercise:
Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact)
 
The United States is divided into 50 states. However state each varies in size considerably. The smallest state is Rhode Island with an area of just 1,545 square miles (4,002 sq km). By contrast the largest state by area is Alaska with 663,268 square miles (1,717,854 sq km).

PRESENTATION

  • Serve in mason jars with ice and bendy straws for a fun summer drink!

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:
English: Enjoy your meal!

Potato Salad, an all-time July 4 favorite

Potato Salad

When you think July 4, you think BBQ and when you think BBQ you think Potato Salad! Here is a recipe for a delicious Potato Salad to prepare with your Little Chefs

Country we are exploring: United States

Continent: North America

National Language: English

English Recipe Name: American Potato Salad

Fun Fact about the country: The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong on July 21st, 1969. Before Armstrong, the American Wright Brothers invented and built the world’s first successful airplane. Today, kids can look forward to the future by joining NASA’s student programs

Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action: http://www.kidspeakonline.org,  http://www.pabbis.com

Kids love this country because…

The American city of Los Angeles is the birthplace and home of many popular kids television shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, and Yo Gabba Gabba. These shows are not only entertaining but have become stuck in young hearts around the world!

Ingredient spotlight: Potato

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

Did you know Potatoes are…?

During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold.

In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.

Ease a sore throat by putting a slice of baked potato in a stocking and tying it around your throat.

The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.

Although it shares the same name, the sweet potato is a root vegetable and only loosely related to the potato.

INGREDIENTS

5 pounds red potatoes
6 eggs
2 cups mayonnaise
1 onion, diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

PREPARATION

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.
2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
3. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes and eggs. Mix together mayonnaise, chopped onion, green onion, green pepper, and celery. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

12-15 SERVINGS

Big Chef Duties:
• Placing and removing things from the stove.
• Handling cutlery

Little Chef Duties:
• All steps are little chef friendly with big chef guidance.

Practice setting the timer or keeping time with your kids for 30, 20, or 35 minutes and do a Learn While You Wait exercise:

Learn while you wait:
The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float. The actual density of Saturn is 0.687 g/cm3 while the density of water is 0.998 g/cm3. At the equator Saturn has a radius of 60,268 ± 4 km – which means you would need an extremely large glass of water to test this out.

PRESENTATION
• Garnish the salad with some parsley!
Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:

English: Enjoy your meal!
Did you know? (Bring awareness to an issue that is affecting children in particular in this country)
In America, many popular kids books are banned or censored in schools and libraries. Among these books include Harry Potter, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Lorax, and Where’s Waldo?

Action ideas: Parents should guide their children’s reading and exposure to books as they see fit outside of school environments. The public library can assist in this process by providing reader’s advisory services, booklists, and other related services in a positive, pro-active manner.

Vegetarian Paella

Vegetarian Paella is a delicious alternative to the traditional Spanish dish. Little Chefs and Big Chefs roll up their sleeves to prepare a this delicious dish and learn about Spain. Enjoy their cooking adventures in the video.

Country we are exploring: Spain

Continent: Europe

National Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Vegetarian Paella

Spanish Name: Paella de Vegetales

Fun Fact about the country: They live in a monarchy, they have a King and Queen and princesses. They love the royal Family. 

Did you know? (Topic that brings awareness to an issue that is affecting children in particular in this country)
The United Nations says Spain’s financial crisis and non-existent job market means youngsters are not eating properly because their parents cannot afford fresh, nutritious food, which will compromise their health in later life. Also, they do not have access to leisure activities and hobbies to stimulate them and improve their cognitive functions and broaden their horizons.

Action ideas: When their parents are facing serious financial problems due to being unable to find work, young children are subjected to constant stress and tension in the home. Ask kids, how would make them feel if they had that situation at home?

Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action.

Kids love this country because…
One of the highlights of Spain is taste of Churros (fried dough, similar to long doughnuts). Churros are dipped in to thick, rich chocolate before eating, and it’s hard to imagine a more toddler friendly combination than fried dough, chocolate, and dipping.

Ingredient spotlight: Bell Peppers

Bell pepper, also known as sweet pepper or a pepper (in the United Kingdom and Ireland) and capsicum (in India, Australia and New Zealand), is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum. Cultivars of the plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as “sweet peppers”. Peppers are native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Pepper seeds were later carried to Spain in 1493 and from there spread to other European, African and Asian countries. Today, China is the world’s largest pepper producer, followed by Mexico and Indonesia. Peppers are one of the basic ingredients for the vegetarian Paella.

 Cultivars of the plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as “sweet peppers”. Peppers are native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Pepper seeds were later carried to Spain in 1493 and from there spread to other European, African and Asian countries. Today, China is the world’s largest pepper producer, followed by Mexico and Indonesia.

Peppers are native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Pepper seeds were later carried to Spain in 1493 and from there spread to other European, African and Asian countries. Today, China is the world’s largest pepper producer, followed by Mexico and Indonesia. Peppers are a basic ingredients of a vegetarian paella

INGREDIENTS
● 230 g Snow peas
● 220 g Carrots
● 250 g Red bell peppers
● 220 g Mushrooms
● 200 g Lima beans
● Spring onion
● 1 Clove of garlic
● 1 Tbsp of chopped parsley
● 1 1/3 Cup of green peas
● 10.5 oz Artichoke hearts
● 1 ¼ cup Tomato puree
● 1/8 tsp Saffron powder
● Extra virgin olive oil
● 4 tbsp Paprika
● 2 Lt Vegetable broth
● 3 cups Arborio rice

PREPARATION

● Drill a little oil, and clove of garlic cut in half and the chopped onion and less than a cup of broth salt and cook for a few minutes until soften then remove the garlic
● Then put the vegetables, start first with the ones that take the longest to cook
Carrots, bell peppers, snow peas, cook until they get soft, then ad artichoke hearts and mushrooms, continue to cook and ad more broth as needed
● Add the lima beans cooked before, ad more broth and cook for 10 minutes
● Add the tomato puree and the remaining broth
● Add saffron and paprika
● Stir a little, then add salt to taste and finally add the rice
● Stir one last time, is important to not stir the rice more. Cook in high 7 minutes and turn to medium and cook for 10 more minutes

8 SERVINGS

Big Chef Duties:

● Chop the onion
● Cook the onion-garlic mix for a few minutes until soften, then remove the garlic
● Add saffron and paprika
● Stir a little, then add salt to taste and finally add the rice.
● Stir one last time, is important to not stir the rice more.
● Cook in high 7 minutes and turn to medium and cook for 10 more minutes

Little Chef Duties:

● Cut a clove of garlic in half
● Drill a little oil in the pan
● Put the garlic, chopped onion in the pan
● Add a cup of broth to the pan
● Add all the vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, snow peas
● Add the lima beans
● Add the tomato puree
● Add the remaining broth
● Add artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
● Continue to cook and add more broth as needed.

Learn while you wait:

What causes bubbles to form when boiling water?

As the water starts to get hot, a lot of bubbles will form down the walls of your water container. These bubbles are AIR. Normally water has a lot of air dissolved on it. This is what allows breathing to fish and other aquatic beings. The solubility of gases decreases when the temperature is raised, and that is why the dissolved air bubbles out from the water.

PRESENTATION
Place the big pan with paella in the middle of the table and let the people enjoy the smell and serve themselves.

Ready to enjoy this delicious Vegetarian Paella?
Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe:

As they say in Spain “Buen Provecho”

 

Crumb Sandwich

Yesterday we had the opportunity to share the Chef Koochooloo idea with the 1st graders of the Belmont Oaks Academy.  The kids had a great time discovering Argentina, while preparing the all time favorite Argentinian snack, the Sandwich de Miga! Our thanks go to the Academy and to the teachers, Erin Reaves and Danielle Thompson.

Crumb-Sandwich2

Sandwiches de miga are popular food items in Argentina where they are consumed mainly at parties or as snacks. These sandwiches de miga are similar to the English cucumber sandwich and it also resembles the Italian tramezzino. They are single or double layered sandwiches, made from a thin white bread without crust, filled with thinly sliced meat such as ham, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, and other vegetables.

Here are the country facts in our traditional Chef Koochooloo format:

Course Category: Appertizer

Continent: South America

National Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Crumb Sandwich

Argentinian Name: Sandwich de Miga

The kids were very quick to spot Argentina on the globe. They already knew that the national language is Spanish and they even spoke some Spanish themselves! They were very interested to learn that the capital Buenos Aires actually means “good air” but were concerned to hear that this is no longer the case because of air pollution.

What captured their attention even more was the economic phenomenon of inflation. When introducing Argentina, one cannot but talk about the great economic challenge this country has been facing during the last decade. The kids where fast to grasp that inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level. Put in their own words “inflation means that all the prices go up and you can buy less with your money, so your money is not worth as much”. In this simple way we introduced the concepts of inflation and currency devaluation and had a spelling challenge, which they passed with flying colors!

Argentina, however, has much more than a gloomy economy. Argentina is the land of Tango! The kids were very enthusiastic to try it out! Claudia, out native Argentinian colleague simplified the Tango steps: Tango is about drawing a square with your feet! Geometry did the trick and the kids picked up on some great Argentinian dancing skills! The music in the background certainly captured their interest and increased their engagement.

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After dancing, we all got really hungry, so we started preparing our sandwiches right away:

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Ingredient spotlight: Lettuce

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas. Lettuce is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes growth, the immune system, reproduction, and vision. More nutritional notes about lettuce can be found here

Preparation

Little chef tasks

Prepare your ingredients:

  • This is a crumb sandwich, so our first task is to remove the crust from our two bread slices.
  • Add ketchup and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well to make the sauce

Here we introduced the primary and secondary colors  by asking:

When adding red ketchup and yellow mayonnaise, what color do you think you sauce will be?

  • Wash the tomato and the lettuce
  • Slice the tomato
  • Cut the lettuce (if not precut)

Layer your sandwich:

  • Lay your bread slice and spread the sauce
  • Add the cheese, the lettuce, and the tomato and then sprinkle some corn on top.
  • Top it with your second slice of bread

Give you sandwich your favorite shape:

  • Cut your sandwich to make two small rectangles or two triangles or even 4 small squares! Here we introduced the basic shapes and some elements of geometry that the kids can visualize. 

At this point, the kids had learned a lot and it was time to enjoy:

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¡Buen provecho is Spanish for “Enjoy your meal”

 

Anzac cookies

First of all we want to thank our contributor Holly for this incredible recipe, it will not only make a delicious snack for families it also has interesting fun facts about Australia and the life in the country!

Thank you Holly for sharing this with all the Chef Koochooloo readers!

hhb

Country of Origin: Australia

Continent: Australia

National Language: English (with an Aussie accent!)

Recipe Name in National Language: Anzac biscuits

Fun Fact about that Country: In Australia, kids start school at the beginning of the calendar year in January, and they finish the school year in December.

Serious fact about country The sun is much stronger in Australia, so kids always have to wear sunscreen outside. They stay out of the sun in the middle of the day because it’s so easy to get sunburned. Hats are a required part of all school uniforms!

Quiz question: Do you know why the sun is stronger in Australia?

Answer: Because there’s a hole in the ozone layer above Australia. The ozone layer is a layer of gas in the sky that stops the sun from being so harsh all over the world.

Website to take action, learn more, or get involved: sunsmart.com.au

Why is this recipe special? When do people eat this? It’s an Australian tradition to eat Anzac biscuits each year on Anzac Day, April 25th. Anzac Day is a national holiday to honor and remember all the soldiers who have fought hard for their country. The word Anzac stands for the Australian New Zealand Army Corps. It’s the Australian version of Memorial Day – and yes, that means no school!

Why Big Chefs Care: The oats in Anzac cookies contain healthy fiber that will keep your kids fueled for hours. Oats are not only a healthy ingredient that is digested slowly, but they are also a rich source of magnesium and are good for heart health, too. Coconut meat also contains dietary fiber, protein, iron, and zinc. Another great part about Anzac cookies is they won’t go stale as fast as your typical sugar cookie. Keep them in an airtight container and you can munch on them all week long!

Why Little Chefs Care: Anzac cookies taste sweet and delicious, and it’s fun to get your hands all dirty mixing the dough!

Serving Size: approximately 24 cookies

An Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand made using rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water.

An Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand made using rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp boiling water

Instructions:

Step 1:

  • Little Chef: Measure out the oats, flour, sugar, and coconut into a bowl and mix them together with a wooden spoon.
  • Big Chef: Put on a small amount of water to boil, and preheat oven to 350° F.

Step 2:

  • Little Chef: Measure out 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a mug or small bowl.
  • Big Chef: In a small saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and syrup together. Add the boiling water to the baking soda, mix, then add to the butter mixture and mix well

Step 3:

  • Little Chef: Grease the cookie sheet with butter or cooking spray so the cookies don’t get stuck.
  • Big Chef: Pour the butter mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. When the mixture is cool enough to touch, you can let the little chef knead the mixture with his/her hands until everything is mixed in well.

Step 4:

  • Little Chef: Make little balls out of the dough that are about 1 inch thick (about one heaped teaspoon each), and place them on the cookie sheets. Make sure you leave an inch or two between each one so they don’t get stuck to each other.
  • Big Chef: Put the cookies in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Learn while you wait:

  • Question: What kind of trees do coconuts come from? Answer: Palm trees
  • Question: What’s the point of adding baking soda to cookies? What would happen if you didn’t? Answer: Baking soda makes the cookies rise up; if you didn’t have it, your cookies would be flat as a pancake!
  • Question: What shape is a coconut? Answer: Sphere. Challenge: Draw 3 more items in the kitchen that are the same shape.

Presentation:

  • Put the cookies on a cooling rack and wait until they are room temperature
  • Arrange the cookies on a nice plate, and then enjoy!

As they say in Australia, “Cheers mate!” 

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Substitutions:

  • Whole wheat flour instead of regular flour
  • Maple syrup, honey, or agave instead of golden syrup
  • Brown sugar instead of white sugar
  • Rolled oats or muesli instead of quick oats
  • You can also make your own variations by adding different types of nuts or dried fruit.

Outback Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup main ingredients, the carrot, is a great source of vitamin. Lear more about it reading our recipe here!

Carrot Soup main ingredients is… the carrot! And carrots are a great source of vitamin. Lear more about them reading our recipe!

Country we are exploring: Australia

Continent: Australia

National Language: English

English Recipe Name: Outback Carrot Soup

Australian Name: Outback Carrot Soup

Did you know that Australia has been through many droughts, which is when there is not enough rain for a very long period of time. The worst recent drought lasted from 1995-2009 – that’s 14 years! When there is a drought, there are also water restrictions, which means you can only use a little bit of water. If you were a kid in Australia, you would have to forget about taking long showers and running through sprinklers for fun.

Discussion questions: How would you feel if you knew that your country was running out of water? What would you do differently to help save water?

Click here to take action and save water! 

Kids love this country because…

Australia is the only place where koalas live. They are not bears, but they look like cute and cuddly teddy bears with grey fur and big, round, black noses. Koalas live high up in trees, sleep all day, and only wake up for 4-5 hours at night. They only eat eucalyptus leaves, which are poisonous to most animals. Koalas are hard to see in the wild, but you can pet them at the zoo!

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

Ingredient Spotlight

Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and your tummy. Many years ago, carrots were originally purple, red, yellow, and white, but not orange. Over time, humans grew carrots on farms and mixed together different colored carrots to get orange ones.

INGREDIENTS (Makes 12 servings)

  • 8-10 carrots, chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • Whole wheat bread rolls, sliced
  • Low fat vegetable oil spread or butter
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish
  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1 jar of vegemite (If you can find it! Vegemite is a popular dark brown spread that Australians usually eat on bread or crackers. You can find it in some specialty food stores that sells international foods. If you don’t have vegemite, this will still be a delicious classic carrot soup. As they say in Australia, “No worries mate!”)

PREPARATION

Little Chef Duties:

  • Wash carrots and celery
  • Grate ginger and lemon rind
  • While the veggies are cooking, spread butter on each piece of bread and arrange them on a plate (If you can get vegemite to make it even more Australian, spread a tiny bit on the buttered bread).
  • Once soup is in bowls, add a spoonful of sour cream to each one.

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop up the onion, celery, and carrots
  • Sauté onion, garlic, celery, ginger, carrots, and lemon until onions are transparent
  • Pour in broth, 1 tbsp vegemite, salt & pepper, and simmer until carrots are soft (about 20 minutes).
  • Pour into food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add hot water until soup is desired consistency.
  • Use a ladel to pour soup into bowls

Presentation:

  • Add a sprig of rosemary on top of the sour cream as a garnish.

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact to your kids while the food is ready!)

Name 5 more foods that grow under the ground like carrots do!

Possible answers: Potatoes, Beets, Onions, Yams, Ginger

As they say in Australia, cheers mate!

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Possible substitutions:

  • Yogurt instead of sour cream
  • Crackers instead of bread

Finally we want to thank our incredible contributor Holly, she made this recipe to share with all our Chef Koochooloo readers and she did an amazing job sharing fun, interesting and important facts about Australia, the country and the culture.

Thank you Holly for the delicious recipe! We would’ve love to have more recipes from you soon!

hhb

Mexican Beef and Chicken Fajitas

Try this incredible flavory recipe filled with protein and the healthy properties of green and red bell pepper!

Try this incredible flavory recipe filled with protein and the healthy properties of green and red bell pepper!

English Name: Mexican Beef and Chicken Fajitas

Spanish Name: Fajitas de Res y Pollo

Country and region of Origin: Mexico

Continent: North America

National Language: Spanish

Did you know? Children in Mexico love playing outdoors and what they love playing the most is the national sport: Soccer. Learn more about the Mexican National Soccer Team

Kids love Mexico Because… They have all kinds of salsas from mild to super spicy!

Why Big Chefs Care: (Nutrition and scientific facts that parents care about)

Fajitas present a balanced mix of protein and vegetables. Nutrients that are extremely important in kids grown. Also flour tortilla is much better since it contains less carbohydrates than flour tortilla, making this recipe favor the lean side.

Sometimes is hard to figure out where to go for barbecue during the Memorial Day weekend, for those cases forget about leaving your peaceful home and instead invite family and friends over for an easy and quick picnic on your patio. Here is a recipe you can do that is easy, will avoid taking out the grill and will instead let you enjoy a wonderful conversation with your loved ones while also savoring the incredible flavor of a traditional Mexican dish. Try this mix of Mexican Beef and Chicken Fajitas!

Capsicum peppers are rich sources of antioxidants, vitamin C, and para-coumaric acid. The para-coumaric acid acts as a preventive in digestive diseases including stomach cancer.

Capsicum peppers are rich sources of antioxidants, vitamin C, and para-coumaric acid. The para-coumaric acid acts as a preventive in digestive diseases including stomach cancer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 beef fillets
  • Onion (1/2 cup, chopped)
  • Green Pepper (1/2 cup, chopped)
  • Red Pepper (1/2 cup, chopped)
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Blak Pepper

Big Chef Prep Work:

  • Clean and wash the chicken and beef
  • Cut or chop the vegetables and meat. (Kids can also help in chopping with special kids-knifes)

Little Chef Prep Work:

  • Throw meet and vegetables into the pan and mix them until cooked.

Instructions

  1. Put pan into the stove and heat until the oil is ready.
  2. Add beef and chicken and cook covered to let the stem help with cooking.

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  1. Add vegetables based on preference (Personally for this recipe my family likes them cooked but still crunchy and not too soft)
  2. Warm flour tortillas and serve with a variety of salsas.

Presentation

You can serve with little cut leaves of cilantro on the side and add the tortilla to the plate if preferred.

As they say in Mexico, “Buen Provecho”

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Khagineh Omelet

A traditional omelet in Persia is known as 'Khagineh'. Is very easy to cook and kids will have a lot of fun learning about Persia!

A traditional omelet in Persia is known as ‘Khagineh’. Is very easy to cook and kids will have a lot of fun learning about Iran!

This week we had the opportunity to enjoy while kids experienced ‘Chef Koochooloo’ first hand. Special thanks to the team of Baharestan Kids, Persian Immersion and Culture for letting us experience this activity with the kids and let them cook a delicious Khagineh that they enjoyed for lunch.

English Recipe Name: Omelet 

Farsi Name: Khagineh

Country and region of Origin: Iran

Continent: Asia

National Language: Farsi

Did you know? All children in Iran have to wear a Uniform? (No matter if they are going to Private or Public School)

Action: Engage with the children about the advantages/disadvantages of uniforms?  

Kids love Iran Because… We have beautiful Persian cats everywhere

Ingredient spotlight:  Eggs 

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Why Big Chefs Care: (Nutritionist, scientific facts that parents care about)

Eggs are a fabulous way to introduce children to science and nutrition.

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt

Big Chef Prep Work:

  • Break the eggs into bowls
  • Wash the green onions and remove the yellowish leaves off

Little Chef Prep Work:

  • Beat the eggs until stiff
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  • Chop the green onions in small pieces

Instructions

  1. Add a pinch of salt as preferred.
  2. Add milk and whisk until well mixed.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan and transfer the mixture into the pan.
  4. Fry the mixture over medium heat, flip when hardened.

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Learn while you wait: 

  • Chop the green onion into ten pieces or more (ask them to count the final chopped green onions)
  • Smell the green onions and describe how it smells 

PRESENTATION

Serve with bread, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots or fruits like strawberry. 

As they say in Iran, “Noosh Jan”

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Beef Taquitos

“Taquitos” is the word used in Mexico to say “small tacos”. However they are not always so small. Taquitos are eat in Mexico very commonly and the filling changes depending on the occasion, parties, gatherings or Mexican holidays! Enjoy!

“Taquitos” is the word used in Mexico to say “small tacos”. However they are not always so small. Taquitos are eaten in Mexico very commonly and the filling changes depending on the occasion, parties, gatherings or Mexican holidays! Enjoy!

Name in English: Beef Taquitos

Name in Spanish: Tacos de carne de res

National Language: Spanish (Mexico)

Why Little Chefs love Mexico? Children in Mexico have a lot of fun at their birthday parties. The “Piñata” is originally a Mexican child party activity were traditionally children used to beat with a stick a “piñata” made of ceramic and decorated with colorful papers. Nowadays kids chose any kind of figure they want, from their favorite superheroes to their favorite princess, and the best part is… all piñatas always have candy inside!

What problems children living in Mexico face? A lot of children in Mexico live in poverty and they need to walk many miles to attend school, especially in low populated areas, also known as rural areas. Children in Mexico would be benefited if we donate to associations dedicated to building more schools and take education to every corner of the country.

Why is this recipe special? Some of my Mexican friends celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and because I love Mexican food and all its various ingredients I decided it was time to give it a try and make a very common recipe that in Mexico is actually food for any occasion, but here you can particularly enjoy it this weekend even if you don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I assure you! You will be left craving for more!

Why Big Chef’s care? Tortilla is an excellent source of fiber; they have a beneficial effect on your digestive tract, thanks to their fiber content. This intake of fiber through tortillas is very beneficial in the long run.

Why Little Chef’s care? Taquitos are traditionally finger food. But the best part is that you can add anything you want to your ‘taquito’. So you prepare it as you want it to be!

Tortillas are traditionally made by hand in Mexico. Moms all over that country have a special item to make them perfectly round; it’s called a tortilla press. (Almost every other house in Mexico has one).

Tortillas are traditionally made by hand in Mexico. Moms all over that country have a special item to make them perfectly round; it’s called a tortilla press. (Almost every other house in Mexico has one).

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce (3 cups)
  • Mild Salsa
  • Beef (1/2 pound)
  • Mazeca Flour (1 cup)
  • Cream (1 cup)
  • Beans (1 cup, refried beans)
  • Avocado (1)
  • Onion (1/2 cup chopped)
  • Fresh Cheese

Little Chef Prep work: If the big chef decides to make the tortilla by hand, then tortilla pressing is a very fun activity for the children! It’s just like playing with dough, they just need to put a little ball in the middle and press until the tortilla dough is round and thin.

Big Chef Prep work: Big chefs can decide if they prefer to make the tortilla by hand or if they want to buy it. There are many tortilla brands; some of them are even organic. What is very important is to have soft tortillas in the end. Now to the cooking!

Instructions:

  • Hand made tortillas: Take a cup of the Mazeca flour and put in a big mixing bowl. Then throw a small vegetable oil spoon and blend it together by hand. Or using a spoon, preferably wood or silicon.
  • Use a flat pan to make the tortillas, most families outside of Mexico don’t have a ‘comal’ a traditional Mexican cooking platform that is used to make the tortillas. But do not worry a flat pan works just fine.
  • Add a little water to your tortilla dough, until you can make small balls that are not too soft, nor too hard.
  • Then add a little oil to your flat pan, and once you have pressed the tortilla (if you don’t have a tortilla press, don’t worry! Use a big plate; a flat surface and a plastic cover for both ends). Put the round ball of dough floor in the middle of the plate and push hard until you feel the surface has become flat.
  • Now take the tortilla and carefully place in the pan. The middle and then the rest of the tortilla area will change colors. Once you see this then switch the tortilla (like a pancake) and wait for the other side to be thoroughly cooked!
  • Beef recipe: For the beef you can cook it as you please the most. And even change the recipe if you don’t like beef. You can use chicken. Cook the beef with sauce of your preference. I used tomato mixed with onion and pepper.
  • Taquito preparation: Warm the beans and use the beans and the beef as a filler for the taquitos.
  • Cut your lettuce and shred your cheese, that will be on top of the taquitos.
  • Put your taquitos in a plate and on the top add lettuce, salsa, cheese and cream. You can top with guacamole or sliced avocado.

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WP_20140424_016 copyAnd now as they say in Mexico: Buen Provecho!