Saturday, March 3, 2012

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!
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.

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!
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.
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