Travelling the world is expensive, especially when you have a large family, but have you ever considered introducing your children to the cultures of the world from the comfort of your own home?
When it comes to food, it can be easy to fall in to a pattern of eating the same dishes each week. Being adventurous can feel like a whole lot of work, especially when you have multiple mouths to feed and those mouths are also quite picky about what they will and will not try.
Why not try eating from a different culture each week; it’s educational, fun and a good way to spice up your eating habits. Try these themed food evenings and see how you get on, you might all find it rather fun, and who knows, you might inspire your children to be globe trotters!
- An Indian Evening
Kids are notoriously fearful of spices. When introducing them to Indian food, allow them to help with the basics; by mixing flour and water for chapattis; or stirring chopped cucumber and squeezed lemon into yogurt for raita. If they are part of the process you might find they are more willing to try the foods at the end of it. If you are worried about cooking Indian food suitable for young mouths, read a few recipes and see what has worked for other families.
- Thai Tuesday
Ok, it doesn’t have to be on Tuesday, but have you tried introducing your children to Thai food? Hold back a little on the chili, and you might find that noodle based dishes, such as a pad Thai or a Thai sesame noodles, go down a treat. A great way to get them involved might be to make summer rolls together, stretch the brood out across the dining room table and stuff pre-chopped salads into rice paper. They may look strange when you finish with them, but everyone will eat theirs.
- Go Italian
Pasta is a common dish in most houses, but have you ever tried making it at home? Making fresh egg pasta is a great way of showing your kids how it is really made. Furthermore, if you have an outdoor pizza ovens why not have an evening making pizzas? Unlike the previous two cuisines, Italian food is a little tamer and your children will no doubt gobble it all down hungrily.
- Middle Eastern and Turkish food
Kebabs are another great thing to make with children, provided you put in enough preparation time of course. Try making hummus together, skewering lamb or vegetables for a shish kebab and toasting pittas. If you want to teach your children about other cultures, experimenting with their foods is a great way to start. For a slightly healthier dish. Why not try making tabbouleh, have the little ones mix the couscous, onions, tomatoes, mint and coriander together in a bowl. If they help you make it, they might be more willing to try it than they otherwise would have been.