7 Continents of the World Unit Study. The past 4 weeks we had a chance to study about the continent of Africa. We learned so many exciting things that I want to share a few with you.
Did you know that Africa is the second largest continent? It covers 11,710,500 square miles which makes it 22% of the Earth’s land. Africa has 54 countries in it. Did you know that the world’s longest river is in Africa? The Nile River is its name and this river is 4,160 miles long. Do you know that Africa has the longest lake in the world? It’s called Lake Tanganyika. There are over 1 billion people in Africa. This continent has over 20 different ethnic groups there as well as over 1,000 different languages that’s spoken. As you can see we learn some pretty interesting facts about this BIG continent.
To wrap up our Unit Study we all got together in the kitchen and prepared an African inspired meal. It turned out to be a really tasty feast and our bellies were full. We even had leftovers for another meal. Listen up as I tell you about each dish.
We started with this dish called Lasopy. It is a vegetable soup that is common in Madagascar. It consists of veal bones (we used meaty beef bones), salt (I used a little less than the recipe calls for), carrots, turnip, scallions, green beans, tomatoes, and black pepper.
Everything was cooked until all the vegetables were soft enough to make the soup into a puree. We all loved this soup. It was flavorful and a great starter for our evening meal.
This next dish is called Lasary Voatabia. It is a tomato and scallion salad also common in Madagascar. To make it you need 1 cup of finely diced scallions, 2 cups finely diced tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 tsp. salt, and a few shakes of Tabasco sauce. After this has chilled in the refrigerator it makes a nice little side salad with your meal. My son asked for seconds of this. We were all surprised by the taste but it was a good surprise.
Our main entrée was Madagascar Chicken with White Rice. Rice is used in different countries in Africa like Kenya. I just cooked this up in my rice cooker to have with our meal. The Madagascar Chicken consists of boneless chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks, lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, chopped yellow onions, chopped red bell peppers or tomato, minced garlic cloves, coconut milk, ginger, grated lemon rind, and cayenne powder. The flavors in this chicken was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the hint of coconut flavor from the milk. This dish is a bit on the spicy side but we could handle it. We didn’t have any of this left over and my son was licking up the yum yums from the bottom of the dish. LOL
Another side dish we had with our entrée is Monrovian Collards and Cabbage. This is commonly eaten in Liberia. It has 1 bunch of cut up Collard Greens, bacon cut into pieces, a large sliced onion, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper, water, cabbage cut into wedges, and butter. We are cabbage eaters in this house especially when my hubby uses some in his stir fry's. We could not wait to try this recipe out. I have to tell you that even though it smelled and tastes really good this stuff was SPICY. It’s best to use your own judgment as to how much of the peppers you care to use in this. Unless you like the heat then just prepare it as the recipe stated. Btw…you can find all of these recipes through a simple Google search.
To finish off our meal we had some hot black tea and Melon A LA Morocaine. As you can see this represents Morocco. This recipe is simple your kids can put it together. Mine was supposed to be helping put it together but he was eating more than helping. This just takes you getting a ripe melon (we chose watermelon), cut it into 3 inch pieces, and serve with colorful toothpicks (we only had regular ones) in them. You just pass the tray or dish around and everyone eats as much as they desire.
There is so much to learn about Africa. If you haven’t already I would look up some recipes and give them a try. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared and learned a thing or two. I’ll be back in 4-6 weeks to share with you again about another continent we have studied.