Around the World in 12 Dishes
Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country we visit. We started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden continued on to Moscow in Russia and then, New Delhi, capital of the exotic sub-continent of India! Our stop this month is in Japan!
Here's where we've traveled so far on our journey...
kid friendly pictures and facts about Japan. Here is another site with fact for kids and lots about Japanese food!
For our Japanese Cooking adventure, we decided to try Handrolled Sushi with a
Our rolls didn't turn out as pretty as store bought ones, but they were definately yummy and a little more budget friendly! My 5 year old built and ate 2 rolls. My 2 year old said, "This is yucky. Me no like it." and proceeded to spit it out on his plate!
Suspecting that this may be his opinion, we didn't count on Sushi to be our only Japanese dish. Using Japanese Buckwheat noodles, Soba, we made a ginger and soy sauce chicken and vegetable stir fry with fresh veggies from the garden. It turned out fabulous (even the 2 year old ate it) and I think I have found a new staple for my kitchen pantry. The noodles are quick to cook and have a delightful nutty flavor! We were overall very happy with our short trip to Japan and look forward to learning more about the country this month!
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 Japan: 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: Sushi, Gohan, Chicken Yakitori, Gyoza, Sukiyaki, Yakisoba.
- 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!]
- Read a book: We recommend "K is for Kabuki".
- Fun fact: Many of the western style toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside.
- Share with us: Our Japan challenge starts on July 1st 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 Japan ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mermaids' Makings, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators' Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem!
Please link up your Japanese dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see 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.