I’ve got a new blogging theme carnival that I’m participating in. Around the World in 12 Dishes, “visits” s a different country every month and participants make food and/or crafts from that culture. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the world and try new things. We’re pretty adventurous in our home, and my kids have a lot of experience with all kinds of food so I’m excited to get them involved in this project every month.
I didn’t have a lot of time to get this together and so I wasn’t able to do much with my kids ahead of time to learn about New Zealand. We’ve been looking to get a giant wall map for their room so that they can get some perspective of where they are in the world (here in Northwest Africa), where the different cities of Morocco are, and where in relation to the rest of the world we are. I think this is something taken for granted when you’re born and live in one place most of your life. They understand US geography and world geography based on a US location – but now they’re a little skewed.
So, instead of doing a craft, because let’s face it I’m really not very crafty, we had a lunch conversation about the South Pacific. They of course know where Australia is, but New Zealand was new. I made their lunch before they came home from school and so as we sat and ate we talked about the country. I think what they related to the most was the melting pot culture that exists. As I researched what I would make I found it was hard to find things that were uniquely Kiwi (the affectionate term for someone from New Zealand). The second issue was finding something that didn’t need to bake. I really want to make meat (or another savory) pie as they’re quite common, but without an oven baking them would be impossible.
So I opted for this meatloaf. Hear me out.
I found a recipe for Kiwi and Lime Jam on AustralianFood.About.Com – and it was super easy. There are kiwis here but I thought using fig jam would be faster and give a similar flavor. Figs also happen to be native to West Asia (not the Mediterranean!)- even though not many are grown in New Zealand Like the US, New Zealand also has a history of meatloaf as a staple comfort food. I think we can thank the British for this. There’s a lot of ways to make it and I knew my kids love it. Authentic meatloaf would have mashed potatoes but I was out so we went with rice instead. These are really easy to make, and the result is amazing. I only wish I would have made more.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp spicy ketchup
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (you can use gluten free)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 Tbsp fig jam or preserves
- 1 tsp ketchup
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1/8 cup water
- Mix together beef, ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs.
- Use your hands to combine everything well.
- Form meat into small egg shaped loaves.
- Cook on the stovetop in a large skillet until meat is cooked all the way through.
- Heat a small pan with fig preserves, lime juice, ketchup, sugar and water.
- Keep the temperature on low and stir continuously until liquid reduces to a thick syrup.
- Serve mini meatloaves on top of mashed potatoes, rice, or alone, Top with glaze or serve on the side as a dipping sauce.
Check out the other bloggers this month who shared their New Zealand adventures.
Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschooling for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share,Creative World of Varya, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Maroc Mama, Mermaids’ Makings, The Educators’ Spin On It
Next month we’re off to Korea and I’m already trying to decide what to make – so many great choices!
Also check out Around the World in 12 Dishes on Pinterest. Be sure to follow so you will not miss a thing!
Please share any dishes you have tried from New Zealand or crafts, activities, etc. to teach your child(ren) about New Zealand.