Read and Rise Global Explorers 2021 - Hungary

  Today we're traveling north from Kenya to visit Hungary in central Europe. Hungary is a small country - only about the size of the st...

 


Today we're traveling north from Kenya to visit Hungary in central Europe. Hungary is a small country - only about the size of the state of Indiana - that is surrounded on all sides by other countries. But Hungary has some very interesting features and foods that we will explore!

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Read and Rise Global Explorers 2021 - Kenya

  This week we're heading to Kenya - just in time for the great migration ! Every year, millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle follo...

 


This week we're heading to Kenya - just in time for the great migration! Every year, millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle follow the rain and lush grasses from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. At this time of year, the herds are heading north to Kenya. The zebra usually lead the way and eat the uppermost grass, leaving the shorter greener grass for the wildebeest. I love this example of animals living in harmony with each other and the earth!

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Chinese Scallion Pancakes Recipe

We love getting scallion pancakes when we order Chinese takeout so when I came across a recipe for some on The Hong Kong Cookery , I knew we...


We love getting scallion pancakes when we order Chinese takeout so when I came across a recipe for some on The Hong Kong Cookery, I knew we had to try it! They are not quite the same as the ones from the restaurants - not as thin and oily - but I think I actually prefer them better! They're not necessarily hard to make, but they do take a good amount of time. What's great about this recipe, though, is that your kids can easily be involved with the entire process. So let's get cooking!

Chinese Scallion Pancakes (adapted from The Hong Kong Cookery)

Ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup water (plus more if needed)
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped scallions

Directions:

1. Add boiling water to flour and stir with a spoon until the water is absorbed.

2. Add in room temperature water and knead until everything comes together into a soft dough. If needed, add water 1 tbsp at a time. Cover and let dough rest 20 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and oil. 

4. After 20 minutes, divide your dough into 4 portions and shape into balls. Sprinkle some flour on your working surface and thinly roll out one of the balls of dough.


5. Brush the oil paste all over the round.


6. Sprinkle scallions over the dough - sprinkle a little or a lot!


7. Roll up the pancake, gently flatten it, and then spread the oil paste all over the roll.


8. Roll the pancake once more into a spiral, so it looks like a snail shell, and tuck the end underneath. Repeat this process with the other 3 balls. 


9. Now lay the spiral down with the tucked end underneath and roll it out into a thin pancake.
 
10. Heat a non-stick or cast iron pan over medium heat. When hot, add the pancake and cook until the top looks dry and white. Flip and cook a few more minutes.

11. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Finally, add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and cook each pancake a second time until both sides are golden and crispy. Cut into wedges and serve hot.




DIY Mala Bracelets

  Mala beads are used in Buddhist prayer and meditation to help you stay focused on your mantra. Traditionally, mantras were repeated in set...

 


Mala beads are used in Buddhist prayer and meditation to help you stay focused on your mantra. Traditionally, mantras were repeated in sets of 108 and so strands of mala beads have 108 beads plus a guru bead. Mala bracelets can be made with 18 beads to help you keep track of 18 cycles of chanting. Here's how to make your own mala bracelet.

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