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Hanukkah projects – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Potato latkes cooked in oil are a traditional Hanukkah food Hanukkah is first and foremost a holiday about olive oil, so a good way to get to know Hanukkah better is to fry some kind of food in olive oil. Usually people make latkes, or grated vegetable pancakes. Here's a super-healthy recipe for latkes that [...]

Where did figs come from? History of figs

By |2018-01-03T23:44:12+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|

Some raw figs Wild fig trees first grew in Africa and West Asia and South Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea beginning probably about a hundred million years ago, in the time of the dinosaurs. Many primates eat figs, and people have been eating wild figs since there first were people. People loved [...]

Best sweet potato pie recipe

By |2017-06-22T02:30:59+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, North America|

Sweet potato pie You can make a sweet potato pie at home, to find out more about sweet potatoes. Start by peeling 3 medium-sized red garnet sweet potatoes (they might call them yams at the store). Use a very sharp knife to cut up the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks (quarters or eighths). [...]

How to separate eggs – Food history project

By |2017-06-22T02:20:29+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, Southeast Asia|

Cracked egg: see the yolk and the white? For a lot of more advanced cooking, you need to be able to separate eggs. You separate eggs by separating the yellow yolk part from the transparent "white" part. (The white is the part that would turn white if you cooked the egg). You need [...]

Popping popcorn – Central American food project

By |2017-06-22T02:11:42+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Popcorn Corn's not as good for you as carrot sticks or salad, but still you can make a pretty healthy snack that tastes good by making popcorn. To make popcorn the way the Aztecs did it, you'll need to get some regular popping corn (not microwave popcorn). They'll have it at the grocery [...]

Healthy refried beans – Food history project

By |2017-12-05T15:48:46+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Tacos with refried beans inside (thanks to Taco Bell) You've probably already eaten refried beans lots of times, but if you haven't, why not start now by having a taco with refried beans in it for lunch or dinner? Mexican restaurants There are lots of Mexican restaurants all over the United States where [...]

How to make pie crust – Food history projects

By |2018-04-19T15:42:19+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, North America|

A boughten pie crust You can make a pie crust to go with your sweet potato pie or any other pie you make. All pies pretty much use the same recipe for the crust. For a basic pie crust, you'll need a cup of flour and a third of a cup of butter. [...]

How to make Peruvian peanut stew

By |2018-04-19T15:03:05+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, South America|

Clay model of Moche people eating To eat what Chavin or Moche or Nazca people might have eaten, try making this delicious Peruvian stew. It's filling and vegan! Fill a large saucepan about half full of water. Peel six potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces, and put them in the water to [...]

Easy lentil soup recipe – Cooking up History

By |2017-06-22T01:46:02+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Ethiopian food Three suggestions for projects with lentils: 1) Go to an Indian or Ethiopian restaurant and try something with lentils in it. 2) Make lentil soup at home. Here's a recipe: In a large saucepan, put a few spoonsful of olive oil. Chop an onion and two stalks of celery and two [...]