Friday, December 21, 2012

Japanese Food & Fun

We focused on the food and paper crafts of Japan this week.  It was a lot of fun and our tummies have thanked us.

Our first Japanese meal was tempura.  This is younger Toad
helping with our dipping sauce.  We used 1/4c. mirin, 1/4c. soy sauce, 1 c. of homemade broth (leftover from soup last week), 2 tsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt.  It complemented the food perfectly.

I neglected to get a picture of our feast before it was devoured.  The boys are not the best veggie eaters but this was inhaled.  Fried food is popular in every nation!

We watched this video about making tofu.  We took some of these virtual tours of Japanese castles.

We did some kirigami for the first time, Christmas themed given the time of year.  This is a picture of some of my creations.  Everything the boys made was put onto a Christmas card and given away before I could get a picture.

Our next adventure was dinner out at the Japanese steakhouse.  The boys loved watching their dinner light on fire right before their very eyes.

After dinner we went to the local botanical garden for their Christmas light display.

We wrapped up our week with origami and sushi.  The boys have done origami before, especially paper airplanes, but this was the first time they had done cranes.  Even younger Toad made one with a lot of help.  The larger sized paper really helped.  We ended up with quite a pile of them and I had origami crane mobiles on the mind because of this post from Creative Jewish Mom.

Before we started making our sushi, we watched this YouTube video.  I liked it because it's a Japanese chef, speaking in Japanese.

Prepping Rice

Peeling Shrimp
Stuffing Inari
Tuna, carrot, green onion roll

Proud of their work!

Hungry yet?

This will be my last post for this year.  I'm hoping over the holiday break I can complete some exciting changes to the blog.   Look for those in the coming year!  All the Toads wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a festive and safe holiday season!

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Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

Wow! You made sushi, that's awesome! I'm stopping by from Homegrown Learners, have a Merry Christmas!

Mary said...

That looks like great fun. I have never tried Sushi before!

Phyllis said...

You do your studies in the same was as we do!! I love the study of Japan and sushi making! Merry Christmas!

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