- United Kingdom
- and now we off to Australia!
I have always wanted to travel to Australia and now we will do so virtually and though cooking. Here is a web page with some Australian food slang and information. We have been in the mood for a new sweet treat and looked at Pavlova and Aznac Biscuits, but ended up deciding to try our hands at making Samoan Panikeke, traditionally made with bananas.
The kids can help with the mixing and I fried them while they crafted and put together a puzzle of the world. Anytime I cook with hot oils on the stove, I make sure the kids are safely away! My kiddos helped to mash the bananas, measure the ingredients, pour and then mix them together.
We learned that although they are very good at their jobs,but I am not too hot with deep frying! As a matter of fact, I think this is one of the first times that I have ever tried it and I will have to admit, I am not a fan of cooking with hot oil. It is stinky, hot, and all I can think about is how many calories I am adding! My first batches turned out very burnt! Then I started making them much smaller than the recipe called for and had better luck. The kids thought they turned out OK! We talked about how people all around the world have their every day foods AND their sometimes foods. Due to the sugar and fat content of this one, it is a sometimes food!
They are excited to learn more about Australia in the coming week. Cooking is such a great way to spur interest in other cultures and they are VERY interested in learning more after our cooking adventure! I have lots of crafts and learning planned for them!
Aisha G of HartlynKids says
Love this – what fun!!!
Growing Book by Book says
I'm loving this series. What an awesome idea!
Deep frying is hard, or at least I think it is.
Love your opening picture.
Valerie @ Glittering Muffins says
Nice choice 🙂 I don't fry around Nico either is to much of a whirlwind still, lol.
Multi-tasking Mama says
The Samoans do love their fried foods. If you are looking for something Australian, you could try making Pumpkin Scones. They are very easy to make (and there's no frying … lol) What a shame you can't try out vegemite … it's an aquired taste but I couldn't live without it!
We make pumpkin scones all the time! It is soooo hot here though that we don't use the oven in the summer. Can't rationalize paying to heat and cool the house at the same time. WOULD love to try vegimite!
Thanks =) We have really enjoyed cooking around the world too!!!
Ticia – so kind of you =) I LOVE that puzzle! We have put it together at least once a month around the time we cook and craft and read stories about another place in the world!
I am hopping it cools down enough one day to try some of the other yummies that Australia seems more famous for!
ooh, and here is a Wikipedia article on the Samoans, not the greatest, but gives a brief intro!For anyone interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoans
We just moved to Australia, so I can really relate to all these activities. We have embraced this move as an incredible learning experience for our kids. We are hungry to learn more about even more cultures! But first, we want to know everything about Australia! We are definitely joining the challenge and will be linking up soon!
Hi what a lovely idea! I found your blog via Worldwide Culture Swapper Live :0) I'm now a new follower.
What fun! And I LOVE the passport! Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper – Glad to have found your blog!