Tuna Pie in Mariano Castro Elementary School

We have started our series of lessons in the Castro Mariano Valley Elementary School! This week the kids prepared a delicious and healthy Mexican recipe contributed by one of our team members. Check out the recipes and the photos of the interactive class!

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Country we are exploring: Mexico (Population: 122 million)

Capital: Mexico City

Continent: America

Official Language(s): Spanish

English Recipe Name: Tuna Pie

Name of dish in native country: Pastel de atún

Type of dish: Appetizer

Recommended season or holiday: The following recipe is very popular at children’s parties in Mexico, specially in the Mazatlán  region. And one of our team members from Mexico mentions is traditional for her family holidays!

Serving Size: for 6 people

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When it comes to health, Tuna fish has it all. It is rich in protein, low in fat, and is an excellent source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, which make your brain smarter!

Ingredient spotlight: Tuna

Fish are vertebrate animals that live in the water. Vertebrate means they have a spinal cord surrounded by bone or cartilage.

When it comes to health, Tuna fish has it all. It is rich in protein, low in fat, and is an excellent source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, which make your brain smarter!

Tools (optional): knife, blender, glass vessel, spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of white bread
  • 1/4 of cream
  • 6 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 tin medium of bell pepper
  • 2 cans of tuna in water or oil
  • 1 can of vegetables for salad
  • mayonnaise to taste

Little Chef Duties: Measure all of the ingredients

Big Chef Duties: Mix all the ingredients in a blender

Little Chef Duties: Cut the edges of the bread and mix the ingredients for the salad

Learn while you wait:

Science: we discussed today the difference of mixtures that are homogeneous and heterogeneous, and asked the kids whether they know which mixture our food mixture became.

Heterogeneous and homogeneous refer to mixtures of materials in chemistry. The difference between heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures is the degree at which the materials are mixed together and the uniformity of their composition.

A homogeneous mixture is a mixture where the components that make up the mixture are uniformly distributed throughout the mixture. The composition of the mixture is the same throughout. There is only one phase of matter observed in a homogeneous mixture.

You can’t pick out components of a homogeneous mixture or use a simple mechanical means to separate them

(Our tuna and cream mixture)

A heterogeneous mixture is a mixture where the components of the mixture are not uniform or have localized regions with different properties. Different samples from the mixture are not identical to each other.

Math: Can you cut your sandwiches in different shapes, (rectangles, triangles), circles?

Also if this recipe asks for 6, and we need to make food for 12, how much more of each material do we need?

Presentation:

Enjoy a sandwich with your favorite cup of soup or beans

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe: disfrute de su comida

Did you know?

One of the biggest issues affecting kids in Mexico is the increase in child abduction.

Conversation Igniters:

Do you know what abduction means?  What are some ways you can help help find missing children?

Take Action:

Read about some ways you can help with the problem of child abduction, and come to class next week prepared to talk about what you can personally do:

http://www.missingkids.com/HowYouCanHelp

Here some photos of the fun day we had at the Castro Elementary School!

 

 

ShopNChef is convenient and easier than you think!

Why is ShopNChef so convenient?

We are so fortunate to live in a modern world. Advancements in all fields of work help us understand more, live longer and make it easier to provide for the ones we love.

The fusion of modern advancement with constant natural progression has resulted in wise solutions to everyday problems.

Is it difficult to make it to the store to shop? Do you need some advice on cooking techniques?

I recently came across “SHOPnCHEF” and believe me it is one of those wise solutions. It enables users to order raw meal ingredients with recipes based on their cuisine, diet, or religious preferences, packaged in exact recipe quantities for same day delivery, from local sources, to cook at home.

They strongly believe in the integrity of community and each individual’s family. The act of sharing food with people is unifying in nature and transformative to all areas of life. The community and raw ingredient meals appeal to a broad range of individuals, from home cooks and food lovers to professional chefs.

The platform is simple to interact with in a number of ways. Order meals listed on the website, become part of the sellers network or read and share articles on the blog: “Table Talk”, in a few clicks.

SHOPnCHEF eliminates the need for grocery shopping and meal planning. At the same time, it provides more variety and access to ethnic cuisine. There is less waste associated with the platforms portioned meals, as the ingredients are ready to cook. Ingredients are cut and portioned when you receive them, making cooking more enjoyable and less stressful. Convenient delivery service means coming home to everything you need for a relaxing night-in.

Check them out, they deliver all over the bay area, from San Jose to San Francisco.

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Attire for little chefs

Arguably, one of the most important ingredients for any serious chef is their attire. For little chefs, like our Chef Koochooloo, that includes aprons, oven mitts, and a chef hat to top off the look.

Though, the options are endless for big chefs, little chefs have a harder time finding attire that is suited for them.  We were able to identify some of the best apparel out there for any budding chef!

  1. Happy Chef Kids CookCool

Happy Chef has a wide array of standard chef apparel suitable for young chefs. Their selection is high quality and resembles what you might see a professional chef wear. Another great thing about their lineup is that it is customizable. However, even though the styles are customizable their sizing options are limited.

http://www.happychefuniforms.com/800-347-0288/order.cfm?ProductID=8140&Ref=Also

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  1. Chef Works Junior Chef Collection

Like Happy Chef, Chef Works has a great starter line for someone looking for traditional and premium culinary attire. Though their styles are not customizable, they have more color and design options. They also gear their clothing for children of all ages.

http://www.chefworks.com/?page=shop/dev200908_browse_coats&category=coats_juniorchefcollection#.

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  1. Chef Wear – Pint Size

Chef Wear is a relatively well-known apparel supplier but disappointingly their “Pint Size” line only featured one apron. Despite this lack of availability, the apron came in multiple fun colors and patterns. These fashionable patterns really made them stand out and on top of that, custom embroidery was an option as well.

http://www.chefwear.com/pint-size-du-chef-apron-8650-/

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  1. Growing Cooks

Conversely, Growing Cooks was the supplier that had the greatest availability for young chefs. Not only did they have clothing, their store included kid-sized cooking tools and fun sets. Because of their variety, they had something in store for everyone, from disposable aprons, to cute customizable ones. Their sets also seemed like a great option for little chefs!

http://www.growingcooks.com/

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After searching for the right product, and not being quite happy with the selections we saw, we decided to create our own  line for Chef Koochoolool! What do you think? How much would you pay for this locally hand made apron? If we receive positive feedback from you, we will hire our first official employee and have her focus on making more of these adorable options!

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Chef Koochooloo is giving away a gorgeous Adna Watch

We are partnering with ADNA to giveaway a beautiful watch as a price for our first official contest!

This beautiful ADNA Watch is a Belgian product that just begun its expansion to the United States. Designed by Alain De Nys, ADNA emanate quality combined with fashionable colors and fun designs that are interchangeable. That’s right!

In order to be the winner of one of these amazing European Watches all you need to do is follow these simple steps

1) Follow @ChefKoochooloo  and @adnawatchusa on Twitter

2) Tweet us a line that includes the @ChefKoochooloo and @AdnaWatchUSA handles with your wise line, thought, or advice about using your time in the kitchen.

3) Ask your friends to retweet your tweet! The Tweet with the major number of retweets (of the original tweet) will win this beautiful watch!

4) You have until November 30th to participate! We will be announcing the winner December 1st and will contact the winner via Twitter!

Thanks for participating!!

YMCA discovers Quince Tarte with Chef Koochooloo

All right, we admit it– we have an obsession for all things Argentine.

Last Thursday, Chef Koochooloo was invited to bring the magic of Argentina to 30 delightful children at the Castro after school YMCA program.

The owner of Baharestan school, (http://www.baharestankids.com) was kind enough to let me pick fresh quinces from her back-yard.  I prepared the paste prior to our lesson, but took a few fresh ones to show the YMCA students and staff, who were surprised to discover this delightful fruit.

What made this lesson truly special was that we had Miss Claudia Auxilir, a Buenos Aires native, join us and conduct the lesson in both Spanish and English. Furthermore, the kids had a chance to sell their beautiful creations at the Castro silent auction the next day, we made over $200 for the school PTA!

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Enjoy making this delicious and healthy dessert Quince Tarte with your little special chefs:

Country We Are Exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Official Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Quince Paste Tarte

Spanish Name:  Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo

Fun Fact:

Did you know that the oldest known dinosaur species has been traced back to Argentina and Brazil? Some species go as far back as 230 million years ago, and well-preserved displays of their remains are in the Argentine National Historical Museum in Buenos Aires.

Quince is our delicious ingredient spotlight for the recipe!

Quince is our delicious ingredient spotlight for the recipe!

Ingredient spotlight: Dulce de Membrillo

Quince Paste originates from Quince (Membrillo), a low calorie fruit that contains several vital antioxidants that keep the body young and healthy. The fruit is also full of minerals.

Like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 butter bars
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 cups of quince paste (dulce de membrillo)
  • ½ cup of pineapple preserves (this is an optional ingredient)
  • ½ cup of raspberry jam (optional too)

Little Chef Duties:

  • Mix the ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and sugar) in a bowl using a whisk (Make sure mix is not too wet or too crumbly, you can add an extra spoon of flour or milk to get it right)
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and mix into ingredients until well blended
  • Add milk, egg and egg yolk to the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar mix
  • Wrap dough in plastic and chill for about 30 minutes
  • Butter a 9 inch pie dish
  • Roll about ¾ of the dough on a floured surface and make it a circle big enough to cover all of the pie dish
  • Spread the filling prepared by Big Chef into the covered pie dish
  • Make a lattice pattern on top of the tart

Big Chef Duties:

  • Add dulce de membrillo, pineapple and raspberry jam to a small pot with 1 or 2 spoons of water, stir frequently at low heat
  • Remove pot from heat and let it cool
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Help the little chefs add the filling into the pie dish
  • Roll the remaining dough into a circle and cut thin strips of dough
  • Make a lattice pattern over the top of the tart
  • Cook in the oven until golden brown (about 30 minutes)

Learn while you wait: When a pie or cake bakes, the whole protein network in the mix hardens due to the heat in the oven. The color of the dough changes as the protein hardens and that is what gives pie dough or cake dough a darker color.

More about Argentina! Did you know that in Argentina, teachers have the right to spank children who don’t listen to them in class?

Discussion ideas to ask your Little Chef: When kids don’t listen to your teacher at your school, what is the consequence?

PRESENTATION

  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm!

As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!

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Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

We are very happy to announce yet another milestone for Chef Koochooloo, and our little Delarai.

The Marinero Castro School will be holding their famous annual fundraiser Walkathon on Friday, October 1oth. This will be Delarai’s first ever Walkathon, (she is very excited and is planning to do at least 5 laps). Chef Koochooloo has been invited to host a table offering healthy vegetarian food options for all participants.  We have selected a few Argentinian specialities that we’ll teach and cook with the kids at the YMCA after school program at Castro. What better way to involve the kids in fundraising efforts for their own school?

Of course, we’ll follow the usual Chef Koochooloo lesson plan, teaching kids all about Argentina fun facts, and social issues, while enforcing healthy food choices.

A very special thanks to Mr. Ebin and the team from the “Rose International Gourmet Market”, who donated a few ingredients to the school for the recipe below. The list (fully explored in the INGREDIENTS section) includes rice, fresh carrots, nutritious  celery!

Rose International Gourmet Market

Rose International Gourmet Market

A special thanks to Venus Kalami and Rachel Zarrow from Clearly Kombucha for donating a few cases of the amazing  healthy ice teas for the Walkathon.  We will be selling those at the Chef Koochooloo table on Friday from 2-6pm, or find out more about the health benefits of Kambucha on their Facebook Page.

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Clearly Kombucha is ready to refresh with its delicious beverages!

We will be offering healthy, exotic and delicious options at the Walkathon. If you are local, stop by and visit us at the booth, while supporting the Mariano Castro Elementary School!

And for those of you who are not local, here a sneak peak and one of the recipes we’ll be featuring. Enjoy!

Country we are exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Language(s) spoken: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

Spanish Name:   Ensalada Argentina de Arroz con Vegetales

Fun Fact about Argentina:

The first animated cartoon was created by an Argentine cartoonist named Quirino Cristiani. These movies were released to the public many years ago, in 1917 and 1918.

Did you know?

Argentina suffers from inflation. Inflation means that the cost of goods and services goes up very quickly. For instance, if a piece of candy costs $1.00 today, with inflation it could possibly cost $1.50 the next week.

Discussion ideas: How can inflation affect what ingredients families buy for dinner?

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Ingredient spotlight: Peas

Peas have a variety of excellent health benefits for example they have anti-aging, properties and they also benefit the immune system making it stronger, finally they help the body maintain a high level of energy.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 carrot (cut into cubes)
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup of corn kernel
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 small red onion (sliced in small pieces)

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop celery very finely, leave some pieces for garnishing
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add rice to water saucepan and cook for about 17 minutes
  • Add carrot to second saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes
  • Transfer cooked carrots to a bowl
  • Add peas to boiling water (where the carrots cooked) and cook for a minute
  • Transfer cooked peas to carrot bowl with vinegar
  • Add the rice to the bowl

Little Chef Duties:

  • Cut carrots into cubes
  • Cut onion in small pieces
  • Open can of peas
  • Fill a saucepan with salted water
  • Add 2 tablespooons of olive oil, vinegar and oregano to bowl with cooked carrots
  • Add the celery and the onion to the bowl
  • Season with salt and pepper

Cook Rice

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

Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it is essential for sustaining life on Earth.

PRESENTATION

  • Place salad in a preferred bowl and ad some garnish celery to it

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As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!

 

Potato Salad, an all-time July 4 favorite

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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.

Fresh and Easy is truly fresh and easy!

I learned about Fresh and Easy from one of my good friends, who visits this wonderful store every week, because she loves the great low prices and hearty food. The Fresh and Easy brand products do not include any artificial colors or flavors, added trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and only use preservatives when absolutely needed. 

Hearing positive comments about Fresh and Easy, I decided to try it. So after work I headed to Fresh and Easy to buy ingredients for the Asparagus Soufflé my daughter and I were planning to make. When I got there, I was welcomed by one of the employees, Jake, who told me about all of the foods that Fresh and Easy carries. I found that there is quite a variety. After I was done shopping, I went through self-checkout, which made it easy to get-in and get-out.

When I got home, it was time to get started on cooking the Asparagus soufflé, an original French recipe that was given to me by my friend. This recipe is not only delicious but also sounds very chic. I was able to get all the ingredients from Fresh and Easy.

Here are the things that I bought:

  • 1 Bunch Green Asparagus                                      receiptFreshandEasy
  • Organic flour
  • Butter
  • Daiya Dairy free cheddar cheese
  • Almond Milk
  • Cage free eggs
  • Chives

The recipe can be found here

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I use Daiya dairy free cheddar cheese and Almond milk because my daughter is lactose intolerant. I think Daiya, which is available at Fresh and Easy is the best dairy free cheese I’ve tasted.

Also, Fresh and Easy is one of the greenest companies I know.  Last year three of their California stores received the silver certification award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership by fulfilling strict requirements.  These stores have avoided harming the earth’s protective ozone layer.  Only about 40 stores in the nation meet this requirement.

At the front of all Fresh and Easy stores, they have an in-store recycling program for plastic, aluminum, plastic bags and glass.  Furthermore, all of their display and shipping materials are recycled or reused.  Fresh and Easy even took the initiative to upgrade their trucks to help minimize their CO2 footprint on the road. I had a great experience at Fresh and Easy and will continue to come here for my grocery shopping needs.  I also want to thank Fresh and Easy for their support on making this post possible.

Kid Friendly Kitchen: The essentials to make your kitchen a perfect and safe place for kids

As many of you know I am now leading the startup “Chef Koochooloo” where part of our mission is to empower families to engage in fun, interactive cooking activities and help parents safely involve their kids in preparing a healthy meal. You can read more about our vision and mission in our last post.

When I started cooking with my daughter I came to the realization that I did not have a kid friendly kitchen. Sadly most of my cooking supplies were adult size, extremely sharp or simply not adequate for my daughter, so I moved fast and bought the appropriate supplies, changed my utensils and made my kitchen a safe and fun space for my girl.

It took me a while to find the perfect kids cooking tools that I wanted my daughter to use during this cooking journey. I spent a lot of time browsing online and found some amazing utensils. Believe me I would have liked to buy them all and make my daughter’s cooking experience something she could safely enjoy at every step, but I had to prioritize based on what she would use the most often. With this in mind, I made a list with the essentials and substituted those for kid-friendly versions, which provided both safety for her and peace of mind for me. Here are some of the items that can be safely substituted and can be used by kids.

  • Cutting tools: Disposable plastic knives are a solution when you first start preparing your kitchen for the little chefs. There’s no risk in giving a young child a plastic knife and it allows them to start getting involved with the hard steps of cooking a recipe, but if you don’t have plastic ware at home or you simply don’t like to use plastic utensils, then you can try the plastic knife from Zliss, is a lettuce knife that allows your kids to be safe while cutting. I use kid-friendly knives I bought from IKEA; they come in a variety of fun colors and they have been very useful for our cooking adventures.

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  • Spatulas and Spoons: I have found that silicon spatulas and spoons are better for the pots. This material is safe for kids and is very common. The only recommendation I have is to buy it in a friendly size for the kids to use while making their favorite recipe! Remember that these ones come in a wide range of colors and sizes, pick your favorite one! I haven’t completed my spoon collection but soon would like to have spoons and spatulas from www.cookincolor.com

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  • Measurers: These are a classic for children, and very easy to get, a lot of companies make them in a variety of colors and with fun shapes. But sometimes just a quick visit to your local store will pay off with fun colored measures in a variety of sizes; just keep your eyes open.

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  • Mixing Bowls: No kitchen is complete without the mix and match “mixing-bowls” the ones in the link are from Trudeau. The ones that I have are from my local store.

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  • Cutting Boards: Of course if your kids are going to be cutting, they need a safe space to do so. At home we have plastic cutting boards, since crystal, wood or ceramic ones are just too heavy for my daughter. Recently, I saw these flexible, cheap and small cutting boards from For Small Hands. Aren’t they adorable? Definitely the next acquisition for out child-friendly kitchen!

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  • Oven Mitts: There’s more variety for oven mitts. They usually come in different shapes and sizes, but if you want specific kid-size then you may want to try Growing Cooks since they seem to be quite small, perfect for little hands! I’m looking forward to order these ones next time we buy oven mitts.

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I also came across this brand: Curious Chef, and I have to say they do have a lot of great cooking items for children. Next time I’m buying something my daughter needs to cook I will certainly purchase it from their website. I can’t wait to try some of their utensils soon!

There are many more items that a kid can use in the kitchen, funnels, timers, fun spoons, containers with different shapes and more! Share with us if your kids have any preference for kid friendly cooking utensils!

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.

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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”