We've been to so many fun places while participating in Around the World in 12 Dishes, and this month we landed in Greece. I was excited; I love Greek food. Now, I just needed to find a way to introduce it to the girls in a way that they would get them excited to try. I stumbled across this fantastic idea for a Bite-Sized Greek Salad from Cooking With My Kid and knew that with a few tweaks, it would be perfect for us.
We started with some grape tomatoes, black olives, sliced cucumber, and feta cheese. I showed the girls how to thread them on their toothpicks and put them to work. They loved the assembly line we set up and threaded salad bite after salad bite. One olive on the toothpick, one olive in the mouth. One tomato on the toothpick, one tomato in the mouth.
As with all of our food projects, I've learned that it works best to only introduce one new food at a time. This time, I was introducing feta cheese. It was much easier to get them to try it when it was combined with foods that they love, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Once the salad bites were complete, I dressed the salad with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The result was a light and refreshing snack (or side dish) that was gobbled down by everyone in the family. Success!
Would you like to participate? Here's how:
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, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators' Spin On It 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! Check out the other great posts as well!
Around the World in 12 DishesWe had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and now are arriving in Athens, capital of Greece!
- March 4 - First country was the UK
- April 1 - The second country was Sweden
- May 6 - The third country was Russia
- June 3 - The fourth country was India
- July 7 - The fifth country was Japan
- August 5 - The sixth country was Australia
- September 2 -The seventh country was French Polynesia
- October 7 - The eighth country was Mexico
- November 4 - The ninth country was Brazil
- December 2 - The tenth country was Morocco
- January 13 - The eleventh country is Greece
How to join the fun!
- The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
- Cook a dish from Greece: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
- Typical dishes: Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Baklava.
- Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :)
- Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
- Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
- Fun fact: Santa Claus is Greek. St Nicholas was a rich Greek that used to donate his money to the poor.
- Share with us: Our Greek challenge starts on January 13th and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
- Pinterest: We will add your photos to a "Around the World in 12 Dishes" Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :)
- Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Please check out our partner blogs and their Greece ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators' Spin On It
If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :)
Please link up your Greek dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!