Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Homeschooling Week Two: H is for Hawaii (recipe included!)

Last week we did the letter H. So we decided to learn a little culture and went with the theme Hawaii! We had a scavenger hunt, learned about mixing colors, got some awesome books on Hawaii and volcanoes, colored these fun hawaii pages (1, 2, 3), and of course, practiced writing our H's. On the last day we made lei's out of string, straws, and tissue paper, learned how to hula dance, and had a mini luau (complete with Hawaiian BBQ Salmon Burgers w/Coconut Caramalized Pineapples and pineapple upside down cake, mmmm mm!)
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For lunch one day we made some Hawaiian Saiman and it was delicious! I think this is going to become a regular meal come winter. Here are some sites I got inspiration from for this meal: 1, 2, 3, 4
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We went the vegetarian route and had to find some way to make yummy broth without beef. This is how I did it: 

I used this vegetable stock to create a base. 
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It makes a couple of cups worth of broth. Then I sauteed about 2-3 cloves of garlic, half an onion, and a couple cups of sliced mushrooms. I dumped them in the broth along with some salt and a splash or two of tamari and let that cook for about 10 to 20 minutes. This creates a nice meaty flavor. Then you just add all of the other stuff. 

You can put tons of things in Saiman. We ate it with soba noodles, mini bok choy, green onions, onion, mushroom, and dumplings. For Eliza's we excluded the onion and mushroom and added in ham (for a more hawaiian experience!). For an idea of other things to put in it, visit the inspiration links above!

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