Around the World In Tasty Plates: Children Just Like Me

Around the World In Tasty Plates: Children Just Like Me

Ever wondered what breakfast, lunch and dinner looks like around the world? We’ve brought together a global buffet from Children Just Like Me, with dishes from ten different countries! You can even try out a few for yourself, with some handy recipes.

Ready for your food world tour? We’re already hungry for more!

1. Thali | India

Mehak lives in India, and she loves Thali, a typical north Indian meal that consists of several small dishes. It usually include dhal (a dish of spice lentils), rice, vegetable curry, and bread.

To make your own dhal, rinse 250g (9oz) of red lentils and have an adult put them in a medium pan with 600ml (1 pint) water, along with ginger, garlic, tumeric, and salt. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft. Remove the pan from the heat and mash the lentils with a potato masher. Make the topping by heating oil in a sauté pan until hot. Add tomato wedges, onion, and a 1/2 tsp chili flakes and stir-fry over a medium heat for about 2 minutes. Finally, transfer the dhal to a serving dish, top with the tomato and onion mixture and garnish with coriander leaves.

2. Fried fish | Colombia

Miguel from Colombia enjoys fried fish with coconut rice and plantain (a type of savoury banana). Fried plantain slices are known as patacones.

Making your own fried plantain is easy. With an adult, start by cutting the tips off both ends of the plantain. Make 4 lengthways slices through the skin from one end to the other. Peel the skin from the flesh sideways, cut the peeled plantain in thirds crossways, and then cut each half lengthways. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then add the plantain and cook until golden.

3. Goulash | Hungary

This warm stew is a popular meal in Central European countries such as Hungary. To make your own goulash, have an adult preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F/Gas 3). Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan and brown 990g (2lb) of steak in batches, transferring to a large casserole as they finish browning. Add another 2 tbsp oil to the pan, lower the heat, and fry 2 sliced large onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves, and 2 red peppers until soft. Stir in 1 tbsp paprika and cook for 1 minute, then add 400g chopped tomatoes and 2 tbsp tomato puree.

Mix 1 tbsp flour with a little beef stock until smooth, then pour into the pan with another 300ml of stock. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add 1 tsp chopped thyme, then pour the sauce into the casserole. Cover tightly and place in the oven for 2 hours, or until the beef is very tender. To serve, spoon the goulash into individual bowls and top each serving with a couple of spoonfuls of soured cream and sprinkle with a little paprika.

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4. Agushi and kontomire stews | Ghana

Jedidiah lives in Ghana, West Africa, and one of his favourite meals is agushi and kontomire stew with plantain. Agushi stew contains crushed melon seeds, and kontomire stew includes mashed taro leaves and fish.

5. Moong dal | Pakistan

Murk lives in Pakistan. Her favourite meal is a lentil dish called moong dal, which is usually served with rice. Lentils are seeds that are very rich in protein. Other local specialties include chicken karahi, a type of curry, and saag, or spinach curry.

6. Pierogi | Poland

Pierogi are traditional Polish dumplings that can contain any number of delicious fillings. These ones are stuffed with mushroom and meat.

7. Sweet treats | Malaysia

Ivan is from Thailand in Southeast Asia, and he loves sweet things! Malaysian treats and cakes are brightly coloured and made with ingredients like palm sugar, rice flour, and coconut.

8. Quiche lorraine | France

Solal comes from Nancy, a town in northeastern France. He likes to enjoy the region’s specialty, called quiche lorraine. It’s a tart made of eggs and bacon that tastes great hot or cold.

9. Urchin roe | New Zealand

Jamie is from New Zealand, and he likes to search the rock pools on the beach for edible sea urchins called kina. Removing the spiky shells lets you find the tasty eggs, called roe, inside.

10. Chiles en nogada | Mexico

Alonso from Mexico enjoys this dish, which includes chillies stuffed with meat and spices, plus pomegranate seeds and walnut cream.


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