Cooking Around the World
Geography is more than maps. The student of geography studies the unique culture of each country around the world. Part of that culture is the nation’s delicious food. Exotic dishes often result from the areas native plants and climate. In the hot muggy deep south of the United States everyone drinks iced tea. Rice, an abundant crop in Asia, finds its way into most oriental dishes.
One year when we studied geography, joining with another homeschooling family each Thursday to learn more about the world. One of the things that we did was to plan, prepare and enjoy a meal from a foreign country. This required us to find out more about the country and its culture. Switzerland is filled with dairy farms so naturally cheese and chocolate would be popular foods. Our Swiss meal consistented of cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. We also encouraged yodeling that evening.
Here are some ideas to eat your way around the world.
- Antarctica - Fried Penguin (tastes like chicken!)
- India - Curried Chicken
- Germany - Bratwurst
- Spain - Paella
- Japan - Sushi
- China - Egg Fu Yung
- Greece - Gyros
- Middle East - Lentil Soup
- Africa -Peanut butter & Yams
- South America -Fried Bananas & Tapioca
- United Kingdom -Hot Tea, Scones with Clotted Cream
- Mexico -Tacos, Burritos
- Australia -Fried Kangeroo (tastes like chicken!)
- Polynesia -Roasted Pig, Pineapple & Poi
Here are some food ideas as you study history.
- Creation - Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Nation of Israel - Passover Feast
- Ancient Egypt - Leak, Onion and Barley Soup
- Ancient Greece -Lamb, Olives, Feta Cheese
- Ancient Rome -Italian Food
- Middle Ages -Bountiful Feast eaten with hands--Jugglers for entertainment
- Victoria Times -Hot Tea, Cucumber Sandwiches, Trifle
- World War II -find WWII Rations cookbooks--make eggless cakes & other alternatives
How does heat affect protein? It coagulates--make hard-boiled eggs and see for yourself.
How does heat affect cellulose found in plants? When you cook vegetables, they soften.
Leavening is what makes bread and cake batter rise. Yeast is a single-celled organism that lies dormant when dry or frozen. Warm water and sugar cause yeast cells to grow and reproduce rapidly. My bread recipe calls for the yeast to be dissolved in sugar and warm water—a fun chemistry experiment to watch.
Now, you are armed with a few simple ideas. Bet you can think of many more! Be blessed in all you do! And bless your children by teaching them a little history, geography, and chemistry in the kitchen!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)