Persian Inspired Yogurt Parfait

Packed with protein and antioxidants, this parfait is perfect for breakfast or a mid day energy boost.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup shelled pistachios

1/4 cup pomegranate arils

1/4 cup walnut pieces

1 pinch of saffron

1 tbsp warm water

1 tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. Crush saffron into powder for with a mortar and pestle then muddle saffron into warm water until dissolved.
  2. Mix saffron water into yogurt.
  3. Layer yogurt, nuts and fruit into a mason jar or bowl.
  4. Drizzle honey on top.
  5. Enjoy!
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Uzbekistan- Fun Facts & Easy Recipe

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Although it’s the middle of summer, this stew is perfect any time of the year. Serve with crusty bread and you’ve got a simple weeknight dinner set to go.

Market List:

  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of Turkish apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp Cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 bay leaf
  • Salt & Pepper to tast

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From My Kitchen to Yours,

Sheila

Zucchini Fritters

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Summer time means picnics in the park or even the backyard. These tasty little cakes are sure to please both kids and grown ups.

Get creative with dipping sauce…pictured here is a Thai peanut sauce. Ranch, applesauce, avocado or bean dip would be delicious ideas!

Zucchini Fritters

Makes about 20

1. Grate 2 medium zucchinis. Squeeze out as much water as you can using your hands or a tea towel. The more liquid removed the better the fritter will hold.

2. Mix in 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp garlic powder. A few shakes of pepper and a pinch of salt. Add a handful of shredded Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and form mixture into little flat circles. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

4. Enjoy warm or cold with your favorite dipping sauce!

Pan Fried Plantains

This recipe takes a whole 10 minutes to make and makes for a great snack or dessert. Kids can easily help with this recipe too.

If your local supermarket doesn’t have plantains, use bananas instead. Use one banana per person. Serve alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel!

1. Cut bananas into quarters (4 even pieces).

2. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to small pan & fry until golden brown.

3. Place bananas on paper towel to absorb oil.

4. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar & a pinch ground nutmeg.

5. Serve warm & enjoy!

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Safe Knife Skills for Kids

There are various types of kid safe knives that make a great addition to your kids kitchen tool kit. We absolutely love the Curious Chef plastic kids knife, they offer 3 different sizes and have a great grip for little hands.

Young kids can start off by cutting soft ingredients like hard boiled eggs, butter, strawberries or mushrooms. As they gain more practice & confidence in properly using a knife, they can start to chop various foods.

Here are some guidelines to using a knife safely. Remember these are just basic tips and you know your child best, so only let your kid do what YOU are comfortable with.

Knife Skillz

Creating a Global Birthday Party Theme

As a summer birthday kid, I always enjoyed creating my own themed birthday party. One year, I made homemade cow pies (out of dirt & wood boards obviously;) for a cowboy themed party and my favorite party of all was a carnival theme where neighbor kids could come buy tickets, have snacks and visit different stations….I always had to be the fortune teller!

Now as a grown up, I love to host parties and enjoy every step of the planning process. Hospitality is an important part of celebrating life events and traditions. Making people feel welcome and cared for makes us all feel amazing.

Kid parties can get really expensive so an alternative option is having a world themed party right at home. Let your kid choose the activities and plan the party so they can learn to host parties early on and use their creativity to plan a one of a kind celebration.

Global Birthday Party Ideas

  1. Pick a Destination. Have your kid choose a country or just do a world theme. For this post, I will pick Zanzibar to show you activity examples.
  2. Pick a Color Palate. Choose the colors of Zanzibar’s flag (green, black, yellow & bright blue) and find these colors for plates, cups, balloons, table cloths, streamers etc. iStock_000026487697_Large
  3. Teach Kids How to Cook a Meal/Snack. Find a simple recipe from your destination (Check out my Maharagwe recipe here) but try it out at home first. This will help you decide whether or not it’s easy enough for kids to do it within an hour or less. The less cooking time, the better since kids won’t focus for too long. Give everyone a simple task like peeling & chopping veggies with kid safe utensils (Curious Chef), measuring spices, rinsing beans, plucking herbs off stems. *Always be sure to ask about any allergies your guests may have!
  4. Activity Table. Set up a space with a few crafts lined up. Get some washable crayons, colored pencils, fun paper, stamps with ink and blank puzzles from a craft store. Some great ideas are making treasure maps & country flags. Give kids basic instructions or a template and let their creativity soar.canstockphoto16283272
  5. Play Games. Set up a scavenger hunt based off facts of Zanzibar. Example Zanzibar is known as the Spice Islands since they grow cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, where do you think the next clue could be hidden?” Hide the next clue in your spice cupboard of course. Or have kids come up with a list of 8 items they would pack for a trip to Zanzibar. Make it more challenging with using only the letters of the country. Example: Z= ziploc bag to keep things dry and so on.
  6. Goodie Bags. The very best part of the day! Fill them up with little maps, passports, stamps, stickers, the recipe you made, an apron, art supplies or a cooking utensil. Oriental Trading has adorable & affordable world themed trinkets and be sure to check your local craft store for other treasures.canstockphoto2088109

Planning a global birthday party doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Keep it simple, creative & joyful and your kid will have the best birthday memories!

From my kitchen to yours,

Sheila

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