Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where is the Pizza?


Sorry, guys!  It's coming soon.

But while you're waiting for the Peanut Butter Pizza inspired from Gambian domodaa, check out the awesome things going on at Rate Your Story.  New logo and a vote!

I'll post photos of the pizza when I can. Thanks for holding tight! Miranda

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hummus Pizza, Jordan, and The Sandwich Swap

It's the Summer of Pizza!

In case you missed it, here is the opening post and here is last week's post about Tuna pizza, inspired by the tastebuds of Saint Lucians.

Today, we travel East, however - to the Middle East!  This pizza was inspired by a book my daughter and I love, called THE SANDWICH SWAP, by Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Kelly DiPucchio (scroll down for more info on this book, a "Perfect Picture Book.")


Anyway - back to the pizza.  Instead of sauce, I plastered it with hummus (I must admit, mine was tahini-based hummus, and some research has indicated that real Jordanian hummus includes yogurt, not tahini).  I also made the crust a little more like pita or flatbread and laced it with garlic.  On top, goat cheese and red peppers.  Yum!  My favorite pizza thus far!

While eating it, I also re-read a book we own called THE SANDWICH SWAP, and decided not only to share it, but to declare it a "Perfect Picture Book" and include it in my usual Friday postings (visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog for more info on Perfect Picture Book Fridays).

Title:  The Sandwich Swap
Authors:  Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Jordan), and Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator:  Tricia Tusa
Publisher: Hyperion, 2010
Genre: Picture Book
Ages:  4-8
Themes/Topics: Diversity, Tolerance, Friendship, Multicultural, Picky Eaters/Food
Opening lines:  "It all began with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...and ended with a hummus sandwich."
Synopsis (paraphrased from Amazon):  "Lily and Salma are BFFs and they always eat lunch together at school. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus, which seems fine until each girl can't hold in their disgust and spill out what they really think about each other's lunches. As a food fight begins, will a sandwich come between them (and the entire school cafeteria)?

Why I chose this book:  It's well written, multicultural, and simple.  It also got my daughter to try three different kinds of hummus (and she's a picky eater!).

Resources:  This book won a Children's Choice Award here, so click for some activities and resources here or here. No sense doing what's already been done!

I hope you'll join me next week for SPICY PEANUT BUTTER PIZZA - inspired by West African cuisine!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuna Pizza - Saint Lucia - Worldly Wednesday

The Summer of Pizza has officially begun! 

Saturday's opening ceremony was a success – 29 pizzas and a calzone :)  Our yard and house was filled with more adults kids than I could ever have imagined, all in the name of peace, love, and pizza.

And, as promised, I'm firing up the pizza oven each week and baking a unique pizza inspired by ingredients or the pizza-stylings of a particular country.  This week, I took inspiration from my husband's homeland (and one of my adopted homelands), the island of Saint Lucia!

About ten years ago, I experienced tuna on pizza for the first time at a place called Shernell's down in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia (right near where Phyllis was spotted several weeks ago on her World Tour).  At first I thought that the restaurant owners were strange to offer tuna pizza, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a pretty normal (and clever) ingredient choice if you lived on an island!

So, have a virtual taste of my tuna and cheddar pizza. 


You and your kids can also enjoy the flavor of the Creole language by picking up or requesting a copy of this book - ALL KINDS OF...

It's a tri-lingual board book, offering short phrases and vocabulary in English, Spanish, and Creole.  My husband and I love it because books in Creole for our kids are very few and far between.  And we know the thousands of parents and children who visit Saint Lucia (and the other islands where Creole is spoken, like Haiti) would have an interest in learning a few words too!

Until next week...Where we'll be traveling to the Middle East for a special hummus pizza!


Friday, June 1, 2012

The Crossing by Donna Jo Napoli - Perfect Picture Book Friday

The weather in Wisconsin has been rather strange this week–moving from hot to cold, with gale-force winds.  Let's hope the weather turns a little warmer for my SUMMER OF PIZZA kickoff tomorrow. 

But the chill of these last few days (the ones before kids are released for a summer of exploration), has reminded me how powerful and varied the American climates can be–especially in the Midwest and West.

What if I were to trek the country and experience that power and variety firsthand?  
What if I explored the landscape through the eyes of a child?  
How might young eyes and ears describe the vast and challenging land that is the United States of America?

Donna Jo Napoli poetically answers those questions through the eyes of Sacagawea's son in THE CROSSING.  So, I've chosen it for today's Perfect Picture Book pick (visit Susanna Hill's blog if you want to learn more!).

TITLE:  
THE CROSSING

Author:  
Donna Jo Napoli

Illustrator:  
Jim Madsen

Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (S & S)

Year: 
2011

Genre:  
Poetry, Nonfiction, Picture Book

Themes/Topics: 
 Exploration, Cultures/Multicultural, History (U.S), Lewis & Clark

Synopsis:  
"Experience the majesty of the young United States of America...all through the eyes of a small boy safe on Sacagawea's back."

First Page:  
Rolled in rabbit hide, / I am tucked snug / in a cradle pack / in the whipping cold / of new spring.  / ROAR, ROAR! Grizzlies stand tall in my dreams.

Why I chose it:  
So many reasons!  I hated learning history as a child...but if books like this had been around, I'm sure I would have been captivated.  Not only is Napoli's text simple and inviting, Madsen's illustrations are absolutely astonishing.  Together, they highlight the sights, sounds, and feelings that must have accompanied such a trek–something I never got in my fact-based history lessons as a child.  My favorite page is actually (I think) the center spread, in which the explorers are around the campfire with a group, and the old chief speaks Chinook to a prisoner who speaks Shoshoni...and the message goes around the fire in five languages.  It's just a groundbreaking book in so many ways.

Resources:  
Donna Jo Napoli includes an Author's Note in the back of the book highlighting each part of Lewis and Clark's journey in prose.  In addition she lists a neat website in the back which is a English to Shoshoni dictionary:


And National Geographic has an online game for kids about the Lewis & Clark Expedition:


Montana Kids also publishes a biography of Sacagawea that readers of any age will find interesting:



Well, whatever you're exploring this summer - pizza, or America, or the world - I hope you find an adventure and a story worth telling again and again.

Comments are open!  And swing on by Wednesday's post if you've got a pizza topping suggestion for me.  I need at least six more!
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