Sunday, February 3, 2013

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Austria

Ah Austria, such a beautiful country! The mountains, the history, the music...  I may have taken more liberties with this project than usual, for one very important reason. My all-time favorite movie was set in Austria, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music was filmed on location in Austria, mainly Salzburg, and features many beautiful sequences of scenery. The hills were alive with beauty and we watched several clips from the movie to see views of the Alps as well as Salzburg.

"Cream colored ponies & crisp apple strudel,
Door bells & sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favorite things."

Crisp apple strudel, you caught that part didn't you? Luckily our local grocery store make very yummy apple strudel bites. I'm usually quite comfortable in the kitchen, but I fear making pastry. I wanted the girls to try apple strudel, but there was no way I was going to attempt that recipe. So we cheated... sort of. Even if we lived in Austria we would be buying our strudel at a bakery. We ate our yummy strudel by watching a few more scenes of the movie, in particular the song "My Favorite Things."

After we were done watching, it was time to craft. I gathered markers, construction paper, glue sticks, and our supply of pictures cut from old magazines. I gave each girl a piece of paper in their favorite color, and wrote "These are a few of my favorite things" at the top. I wanted them to find pictures, draw pictures, or write the words of their favorite things.

They got to work finding pictures of flowers, cupcakes, pizza, and tomatoes. They glued and glued filling up their pages. Once they were done gluing, they started writing and drawing. 

Their song would go a bit like this:

Roses and puppies and slices of pizza
Cupcakes and turtles and red, ripe tomatoes
Beautiful hearts and a long-necked giraffe
These are a few of our favorite things!

Did you enjoy our journey to Austria? Would you like to join along?

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 Dishes

We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and now are arriving in Athens, capital of 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 Austria: 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: Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Kaiserschmarrn, Sachertorte
  • 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: The sewing machine was invented in 1818 by the Austrian Josef Madersperger.
  • Share with us: Our Greek challenge starts on February 3rd 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.
Around the World in 12 Dishes
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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 Austrian dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!

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  1. I love the collages! My little guy (2.5) and I also do collages from pictures cut from magazines and flyers. Great idea to do "favorite things".

  2. If you're gonna cheat, that's one great thing to cheat with ;) Great work on those collage and thanks for the participation once again.

  3. What a lovely ,lovely post !
    Love the idea of "my favourite things "
    Gonna steal it :)

  4. I love strudel, your activity looks great. x

  5. I LOVE your idea! How fun!!!:) Now I have the tune in my head:).


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