All I can say is YUM!! 🙂
Today we feasted like Ancient Egyptians… well as close to it as we could muster 🙂
On the menu:
Morning Tea/Afternoon Tea: Dried Figs, Date & Almond Balls
Dinner: Beef Kofta, Pita Bread, Yogurt & Cucumber sauce, Falafel
Pudding: Rice pudding
DATE & ALMOND BALLS
We found a similar recipe online but have adapted it to suit what we had in the cupboard and to compliment some of the information we had been reading about Ancient Egyptian food. While making these, take the opportunity to really enter into discussion with your kids about how food was found and processed.
1 cup of dried Dates
1 cup of whole roasted almonds
1/8 cup of water
150gm bought ground almonds
(substitute with another cup of whole roasted almonds if you want a crunchier, more unprocessed result)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamon
1/2 cup of runny honey
- Chop up dates and put them into a saucepan with the water. Heat until dates absorb water and become mushy. Add more water if needed. Take off heat and add the cinnamon and cardamom.
- Grind the whole almonds until nicely crushed. The children used a mortar and pestle for this and we talked about ancient food processing techniques 🙂
- Mix the date mixture with the crushed almonds. If the mix is still not quite firm enough to roll into balls, add a little of the bought ground almonds.
- Roll into walnut sized balls
- Dip each ball into the runny honey (heat the honey if not runny enough) and then roll it in the bought ground almonds
- Refrigerate for 30mins
- Enjoy the sticky, finger licking goodness! 🙂
- Mix the rice and milk together in a saucepan
- Add the butter and bring to the boil
- Cover with lid ajar, and simmer gently for 30-40min, until rice is tender
- Add remaining ingredients and simmer a further 15-20min
Pudding doesn’t thicken up until last 10 minutes or so.
Our Egyptian Feast!
The tea towels were an after thought as our treasures love to dress up. I informed them they were more middle eastern than Egyptian, but as everyone, including Daddy (taking the picture), wore one… it made the dinner even more special 🙂
We were each given a name. Rameses (Daddy), Nefertiti (Mummy), Hutepi (Sunshine), Tutankhamun (Master Luke), Cleopatra (Curly Sue) and Amun (Fuzz).
My immense clean washing pile from the day (yet to be folded) takes pride of place in the background. Let’s say… it was our pyramid 🙂
A lovely family meal… a lovely home schooling day!