I am joining with a group of wonderful kid bloggers to take you on a journey around the world in 12 dishes. This month we stop in a country far “down under” – New Zealand.
New Zealand Dish
I admit that I was “cheating” a little here as we are also learning more about Australia at home following our latest issue of Top Secret Adventures. While searching for an appropriate recipe to cook, I chose the ones that work both for Australia and New Zealand – lamb chops “down under” with crunchy potatoes wedges. I found both recipes doing a search term New Zealand recipes for kids and noticed only later that both links brought me to australian.food.com
Smarty was very willing to help me cook. She was particularly hungry that day and ended up eating a lot of ingredients that she usually doesn’t eat, for example, hard boiled eggs. Her help was mostly in peeling potatoes, cutting them into wedges, and chopping eggs. She always disappears as cleaning time approaches.
I thought lamb chops were deliciously tender and juicy. Sadly, however, my husband doesn’t like lamb and doesn’t like bones in his meat, so he was not a big fan. Smarty gobbled up all her potatoes and declared herself full. So I am thinking potatoes will be repeated while I have to continue to enjoy lamb in the restaurants.
Reading About New Zealand
Smarty knew quite a bit about New Zealand already from The Story of the World. She was able to recall basic facts about Maori and about British expansion. We learned more about modern day New Zealand from a book that came with Top Secret Adventures, and Smarty also enjoyed a book of Myths of Oceania that included several Maori legends. Her favorite was about a trickster Maui who slowed down the sun
New Zealand Activities
Last weekend we went to see team USA battle team New Zealand in a sailing race called America’s Cup. So far New Zealand is leading 7:1. We were also inspired by jade pendants of Maori to create our own clay pendants (and a lot of other clay creations). And our best discovery from New Zealand was a ritual of Maori hongi greetings that we now like to do at home.
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Please share any dishes you have tried from New Zealand or crafts, activities, etc. to teach your child(ren) about New Zealand.