Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Adventure, Mystery and Curried Potato Salad Sandwich

The Books

Last Saturday was a good day with lot of time spent in the library. The books that BS picked for the week screamed adventure and mystery

Key to The Treasure 
Author: Peggy Parish of Amelia Bedelia Fame
You can buy it from Amazon
I didn't read it but gathered from the excitement shared by BS and little neighbor girl that it was a hit as were The Famous Fives when I was a kid. Three siblings are the main characters who have major adventure when they  come upon a roll of paper in an old Indian bonnet which leads to a treasure hunt.

Pirate Island Adventure
Author: Peggy Parish of Amelia Bedelia Fame
You can buy it from Amazon
This was another adventure of the three siblings from the other book which was thoroughly enjoyed. This one also involves a series of clues and unraveling of some mystery. Clear winner.

The Tree of Life
Author: Peter Sis
You can buy it from Amazon
This is a book I bought fascinated by the illustrations. The book offers a detailed look at the life of Charles Darwin through beautiful and intricate illustrations. Voyage of Darwin on the HMS beagle and his notes on the various animals, bugs and life forms he observed and studied for the 5 years are offered as little notes with beautiful drawings. It says Grade 4 and up but I am not sure if BS was as taken by the book as was I. It was a good intro though to Charles Darwin, theory of evolution and as BS says "lots of animals I had not heard about".
We also tried to find the places Darwin visited on his voyage using Google Earth and that was fun

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter
You can buy it from Amazon
LS loved this one and was mighty impressed with naughty Peter.

The Food

For Food BS made a Curried Potato Salad sandwich based on the Curried Chicken salad sandwich in Vani's blog. We didn't have cooked chicken so we had to make do with potato. We made it on father's Day and both the Dad and I loved it. BS loves her potatoes clean and not with too many flavors so she was okay and thinks chicken would be better.

This salad and then the sandwich can be easily done by 8-12 year olds with little prep work from the parent. If the parent helps the kid to make the salad it is ready in the refrigerator for the child to make a sandwich later.

This is how we did it.

What I did

I cooked the potatoes, cooled them and helped her peel. If you are using chicken, you need to cook and chop it or use pre-cooked chicken.

I also chopped the onion and carrots and added the spices.

What BS did

1. She peeled the potatoes and chopped them with a butter knife. We used 1 cup of chopped potato.

2. Next in a bowl she put 2 tbsp of thick Greek Yogurt (or use Mayo). I added a dash of lime juice, salt and sugar to taste and she whisked the yogurt.

3. In a big bowl she added
1 cup of cooked, chopped potatoes
1 tsp of minced onion
1 tbsp of chopped/grated carrot
few raisins
1/2 tsp of Garam masala
salt to taste
Toss it together

4. Add the yogurt to the potatoes and mix. Cover and let it chill in the refrigerator.

5. To make sandwich toast bread slice, spread mango jam/chutney (we did not have this so used apricot jam), place a  piece of lettuce and top with salad. Cover with another slice of bread.

6.BS decorated the sandwiches.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Anne Frank and Easy Bread Pizza

The Books

Big Sis read "Who was Anne Frank ?" this week.
Author: Ann Abramson Illustrator: Nancy Harrison
You can buy it from Amazon

We had talked about Anne Frank before but she did not know much about her. This book which I found in a "Who was"series at Barnes & Nobel seemed to do that task very easily. She not only got to know about Anne Frank but also about the Holocaust. She was also very impressed with Anne Frank's spunk. The book is simple, with plenty of sketches, concise and gets the point across in a simple manner. It is intended for & and up and I think it is the right book to start on before the child goes on to read Anne Frank's diary

 To follow this up BS also read an interview with Miep Gies, the lady who helped Anne's family when they were in hiding and Hanneli, Anne's friend at the Scholastic Web Site

She wants to read the diary now which I guess we will do in 4th grade and also visit the secret annex in Amsterdam

The other book she read this week was "Ramona and her Father".
Author: Beverly Clearly.

The Ramona series is a big hit with her and also me. I love Ramona and her family and often look upon the Quimby household for parenting wisdom. BS loves both Ramona and Beezus and has read almost every book in this series.



The Food

BS makes a very good Bread Pizza and it is loved by all of us.

To make Bread Pizza

1. Take a slice of Brown Bread

2. Smear with Pasta Sauce or Ketchup

3. Sprinkle cheese liberally. What she loves is the Kraft Singles shredded roughly.

4. Microwave for 20-25 seconds until cheese melts.

5. Wait and take it out only when it its cooler.

6. Eat