Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How to Enjoy The Frozen Yogurt in Doha

The Frozen Yogurt is in Doha.. another one claiming to be the original one. Well, to be fair, this one is really good compared to the previous ones we tried in Doha so far.

So here is their version of how we should "enjoy" our frozen yogurt.

Step 1: Meet some Turkish kids.
Step 2: Figure out how the machine works!

Step 3: Get mesmerized by lots of colors.

Step 4: Select! Select! Lots of choices!

Keep exploring!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dining Out in Doha: Iskender Kebab

If your are looking for an authentic Turkish restaurant in Doha, Iskender Kebab comes close - well, sort of.  When we dined out there, there was a Nepali waiter, Filipino cook and Lebanese Restaurant Manager, that's Doha for us and I suppose, it is okay.

The restaurant, however, has lots of old Ottoman pictures, which gives the "illusion" of authentic Turkish restaurant.

The food is almost Turkish, the Iskender Kebab is almost similar to the ones we tried back home in Istanbul, not as delectable, but good enough here in Doha!

Well, I have a happy Turk here, so it might be a little bit- authentic. Now writing about this, makes us what to go there again. It's located along Salwa Road Petrol Station, too far for comfort from where we live but in a not so busy day, it'll be worth the drive.

Yummy, Iskender Kebab in Doha!
a little too happy, are ya

and here is the free Turkish tea!
not as good as it was at home, but good enough!

Afiyet Olsun!

How to Cook Gnocchi with Kids

Gnocchi is a sort-of-pasta made out of potato! It's a very straight forward cooking activity that kids would definitely adore every step.

So here is how we enjoyed the gnocchi making at Carluccio's one fine Saturday morning!

Step 1: Eat breakfast! Well, the kids were supposedly cooking breakfast for us - but they need to nourish themselves first, right? Besides nobody should cook with their stomach empty. Bad for the cook, bad for whoever will eat the food - simply because, nothing might be left to eat! So here goes our little chef eating his breakfast at Carluccios.

Step 2: Prepare the utensils (bowl), ingredients (pre-cooked potato mash, flour and egg) and cute-chef materials (see that chef hat with little drawings on them - they made them as pre-cooking activity! Releases the stress of away from cooking. 

Step 3: Knead the potato mix! Mash away, babies! This activity is great for kids to learn texture through sense of touch. Gotta love the multi-sensory things going on here for kids development. For sure, my kids will be going to be successful - thanks cooking classes! 

Step 4: Time to do some more serious kneading of the potatoes  - until the kids are complaining, which might take more than thirty minutes so for sure, there's some homogenous mixture and good quiet time for breakfast for parents. Weeee! 

Step 5: Remove the mixture from the bowl. And then knead the mixture some more!  

Step 6: Time to cut and roll!  For my pre-schooler, we were discussing the concept of "long and short" during this fun activity. For my key stage 1 student, we were discussing the concept of "fractions - quarters, 1/10 and so on." It is really fun taking the classroom out of loop when learning! 

And then we sing - rolling, rolling, rolling!... la la la 

Step 7: Bond with the Chef while cutting the rolls! 

Step 8: The gnocchi is now ready for the desired sauces! Pose with the proud dad!

Step 9: Now toss with your favorite sauce - tomato, cream or pesto! Serve immediately. 

Step 9: Enjoy eating! 

Step 10: Reward the kids for completing the lesson - pose with Chef with Certificate of Completion!

We should do this activity again! If not at home, Carluccios is really a very homey place to make kids appreciate Italian food - eating and cooking alike.

Keep exploring!


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