My Family's World Tour of Food
My family were fed up with having the same meals so regularly and struggled to find anything new to suit the seemingly limited palates of our two children (ages 4 and 6) so we all decided to set off on a foodie adventure around the world! Our aim is to cook and try foods from as many different countries as possible over the course of the next few months.
Our children help us to look up food ideas and recipes they'd like to try and then we cook the special meals as a weekend family activity. We also use the opportunity to show our children where that country is located on a map, find the capital city, learn how to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you in the appropriate language, identify the national flag, listen to the national anthem and hear music from that country. It's great for their (and our) geography knowledge and a fantastic way to bond after a busy week.
We started our journey this weekend by visiting Spain and we all thoroughly enjoyed spending a couple of hours in the kitchen preparing our dinner together whilst bopping around to some flamenco music, Gypsy Kings and Spanish pop music!
At the end of the cooking time we'd ended up making some amazing albondigas (meatballs in tomato sauce), patatas bravas (potatoes in garlic mayonnaise), fabada (broad bean and black pudding stew) as well as serving bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip and some lovely Manchego cheese with quince.
The kids absolutely loved the experience and were keen to try all the ingredients as we were preparing the meal as well as tasting everything we had made. They were much more interested in eating the dishes as they had helped to choose and prepare them.
It was great fun and a brilliant way to get the children to try different flavours. Who knew they actually liked cumin and paprika! They are really excited to start working on the menu for next weekend now too! I think we're looking to go to Portugal for the next one so perhaps some speciality Portuguese custard tarts might be in order. Can't wait!
Why don't you join us on our travels around the world and let us know what you taste as you expand your family's food horizons? Comment below with your ideas, thoughts and experiences. We'd love to hear from you.