Ava’s Nordic Lunch

Nordic Around the World Lunch

Ah, winter. This week I took inspiration from the chill in the air and went Nordic with Ava's Around the World Lunch (Nordic simply means the cultural part of Northern Europe that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic menu is quite simple and can be assembled in about five minutes. For Ava's main meal, I went Danish: A few slices of dark rye bread smeared with a bit of butter are topped with a translucent slice of smoked salmon. Two smaller slices of … [Read more...]

Maltese Bone Cookies with Marzipan Marrow

Maltese November Bone Cookies Recipe

This month we're celebrating the most anatomically correct cookie there ever was - one whose astounding details should make it a favorite with medical students everywhere, and one who would be well placed at every white coat graduation buffet. The origins of this beautiful cookie are far humbler than you might think - November Bones hail from the small island nation of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. Why November Bones? Forget dress up and trick-or-treating; most people in the island … [Read more...]

Ava’s South African Lunch

South African Around the World Lunch

This week Around the World Lunch takes us to South Africa (thanks to your votes on our FB Page). The result is a hearty meal perfect for autumn, packed with nutrition. Watch a clip of Ava introducing this meal (and showing off her South African flag) on Instagram. Get Creative.  Who says creativity must be difficult? In a sea of bologna sandwiches, leftovers are a great way to mix things up and add interest to your child's lunch! For dinner we made a batch of South African Yellow Rice … [Read more...]

The 7 Creepiest Kitchens in the World

The Creepiest Kitchens in the World

The kitchen should be the heart of every home, filled with happy memories... but these kitchens are chilling reminders of historical disasters, spine-chilling authors, and the cruelest politicians who ever lived.   Edgar Allan Poe (USA) This kitchen might seem quaint, but this iron stove fed the creativity of one of the world's best mystery writers - Edgar Allan Poe. He lived in this cottage during the last few years of his life in the late 19th century, along with his wife, … [Read more...]

15 Halloween Costumes Made from the World’s Most Iconic Foods

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This Halloween go international: spin the globe and dress up as an iconic food from whatever country strikes your fancy! To get you started, here are 15 adorable costumes representing famous foods from all over the world.  Escargot (FRANCE)  Oohh la la! A bit of newsprint and foam balls and you've got the most adorable snail costume. Learn how to make the costume at Oh Happy Day. On snails: While the French are best known for their love of snails, the snail has a long (and slimy) … [Read more...]

Celebrating the shining star of Palestinian cuisine: Musakhan

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Within Palestine's hotly contested territories there is one thing everyone can agree on: Musakhan. This simple dish doesn't shout. It's flavors don't battle for dominance. No, Musakhan is a quiet meal - a layered preparation of chicken, onion softened with sumac, and doughy pieces of taboon bread. And yet this unassuming dish earned a Guinness World Record in 2010 in the city of Ramallah. Why a Guinness World Record Matters The clout of earning a Guinness World Record often remains … [Read more...]

Ava’s Greek Lunch

Around the World Lunch: Greece

For this edition of Ava's Around the World Lunch we're heading to Greece with mezze. If you play your cards right, the flavors of Greece can be in your child's lunch box in less than five minutes. Quick-Fix Secret Tucked away in my pantry is my greatest quick-fix secret: stuffed grape leaves, a.k.a. dolma.  Sure, I've been known to make dolma. I happen to LOVE making them. But sometimes I'm in a hurry and need to grab something quick for my daughter's lunch. While I've found dolma at … [Read more...]

Finding a Drink Worthy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Malala & Kailash

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One thought crossed my mind every time I took a sip of the Besan Doodh. The thought overwhelmed the bold cardamom and it distracted from the warm milk tinged with saffron. A small thing, really - a sentence, again and again, bringing tears to my eyes. "I didn't clip her wings." These are the words of Malala Yousafzai's father. Malala is a young woman from Pakistan - just 17 years old. She is easily the greatest superstar in the peace movement right now thanks to her unapologetic … [Read more...]

Ava’s Egyptian Lunch

Around the World Lunch: Egypt

Ever since Ava's Egyptian-themed birthday party this summer, she's been obsessed with all things Egypt. Naturally, when I asked what she wanted to try for this week's Around the World Lunch she sang out "EGYPT!" Finger Foods  First up? Ful medames (pronounced "fool"), Egyptian street food often served for breakfast and lunch. Ful is a dip made with fava beans cooked with onion and tomatoes. It's high in protein making ful great for concentration during the school day!  For color and … [Read more...]

Chana Masala & The Remarkable Quest of Chris Guillebeau

Chana Masala Recipe

Psst... Be sure to enter the giveway at the bottom of this post! I want to tell you a story about Chris Guillebeau - a man who traveled to every country in the world. It took him 10 years.  He's not the first to do it, and he won't be the last. And yet his quest is remarkable. Let me explain. From Quest to Calling I stumbled across Chris' journey a few years back  when he had about three years left in his quest. I read with amusement about his jogging escapades on strange terrain, … [Read more...]