Here we go!
When we decided to launch our around the world adventure in the UK I was excited.(If you haven’t read my official launch post check here) I have actually been to the UK before. My sister and her husband spent 7 years going to school, working and living in England. My husband and I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks with them and it was awesome. We travelled from the southern tip of England all the way up to Glasgow, Scotland. I was so thrilled to pull out my old photo albums (yep, a physical photo album) and share many funny stories with my daughters. A great introduction to the UK.
We stopped off at the library and picked up “This is London” by Miroslav Sasek . This book is beautifully illustrated and simply takes you through the city of London. A great conversation starter. After reading the book we were inspired to recreate the London with this incredible block set that my sister purchased for my girls many years ago. Here is the city scape my girls created.
When we discussed what food to make my girls remembered our early morning tea party
on the day of William and Kate’s wedding. We discussed cucumber sandwiches, scones
and fish and chips. I remember that take away curries in the UK were a.m.a.z.i.n.g! We have never made a curry from scratch before, it was time to give it a try. After doing a little research
we discovered one of the most popular curry dish in the UK is chicken tikka masala (one in seven curries sold in the UK). We consulted our favourite British (naked) chef, Jamie Oliver. We gathered up our ingredients and here is what we made.
1 clove of garlic, peeled
15g of fresh ginger
1tbsp vegetable oil
a pinch of paprika
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp tomato paste
3 sprigs of fresh coriander leaves – chopped
400g chicken breast – chopped into 2 inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground coriander
pinch of tumeric
400g canned plum tomatoes
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup heavy cream
Marinade for chicken…
1. Blitz the garlic, ginger and vegetable oil in a food processor HOT TIP: the original recipe called for 1/2 a fresh red chile, deseeded – I opted to remove the chilli to make it less spicy for the kids.
2. Add the paprika, garam masala and tomato paste – blitz to form a paste.
3. Place chicken pieces in a large resealable bag and add the paste. Seal the bag and rub the paste to coat the chicken pieces.
4. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day…
1. Over medium heat, in a large saucepan, add a splash of vegetable oil.
2. Fry the onion, peppers and spices gently to soften, for about 10 minutes.
3. Add the yogurt and canned tomatoes.
4. Add the chicken pieces and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
5. Just before serving stir in the cream and optional cilantro leaves.
6. Serve over fluffy boiled rice, we used basmati rice.
7. For the kids we deconstructed the dish.
I love cooking with my kids. It is not only a great chance to spend time with them, but they learn a new skill every time we cook. Having my girls read the recipe and measure out the ingredients provides them with a way to apply what they are learning in school to the “real” world. My eldest daughter’s reaction to the chicken “Yummy Mommy!” Awesome!
Our trip to the UK has been incredible. I hope you will take some time to learn about the UK with your family, make a meal, create a craft and share it with us. Join our linky party (below), grab our button, comment on our Facebook page
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Next month’s country will be announced April 1st!