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!

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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.

Ham and Cheese Rolls

Spain includes a number of islands including Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. Many can be found in the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.

Spain includes a number of islands including Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. Many can be found in the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.

English Recipe Name: Ham and Cheese Rolls

Name in Spanish: Rollos de jamon y queso

Country and region of Origin: Spain

Continent: Europe

National Language: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Gallego & Aranes

Kids love Spain Because…

Kids average bedtime is not until 9pm, and kids are welcome in most restaunts till late hours of evening

Why is this recipe special?

My good friend Rosa Lara-Fernandez who is an awesome teacher, showed me this recipe, and the best part is that it does not require stove or oven, it is totally child friendly.

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

This recipe offers a fun way for children to eat Spinach and love it.

We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.

Why Little Chefs Care: (Kid friendly information about the ingredient from a scientific or nutritional, perspective).

Making rolls is fun and you can do this recipe all on your own.  Spinach makes you bone up, check out Popeye if you don’t believe us.

Pa amb tomaquet In Catalonia (the north east region of Spain), they usually rob bread with tomatoes to keep it moist. This way when children want to eat their sandwiches at lunch time, they can still enjoy a fresh feeling for the bread.

Pa amb tomaquet
In Catalonia (the north east region of Spain), they usually rob bread with tomatoes to keep it moist. This way when children want to eat their sandwiches at lunch time, they can still enjoy a fresh feeling for the bread.

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 2 People 

  • 2 slides of wheat or whole grain bread
  • 2 slices of Ham
  • 2 slices of your choice of Cheese
  • 1 table spoon Olive oil
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ cup of chopped spinach

Big Chef Prep Work:

  • Cut the tomato in half
  • Chop the spinach in small pieces

Little Chef Prep Work:

  • Remove the edges of the bread
  • Rub the bread with the tomato

 

Instructions

Put the two slides of bread slightly overlapping, roll them together lengthwise. Rup the bread with the tomato.Place the spinach over the rectangle and cheese on one half and ham on the other half.  Starting with the part that has the cheese, roll the bread into a cylinder shape.

 

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Once your cylinder is ready, wrap it up in foil and put it the fridge for half an hour. Before serving cut the cylinder in small circular shapes (5 per roll). Final suggestion: serve with carrot sticks.

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SUBSTITUTIONS

If you don’t have spinach, you can replace with kale or lettuce.

As they say in Barcelona, “Bon Profit”

Than you Rosa for this delicious recipe, it’s fun, easy and healthy for everyone.

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