7 Continents of the World Unit Study. For the past 5 weeks we had a chance to study about the continent of Antarctica. We learned some interesting things that I want to share with you.
Antarctica is a Greek word that means “opposite to the north”. Did you know that Antarctica is the driest and coldest continent on Earth? It is the windiest place of all. Did you know Antarctica is located at the South Pole? It is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Did you know that it never rains in Antarctica? This is why it is considered the world’s largest desert. Did you know Antarctica has no permanent residents? The only people there are researchers and scientists who work at the research facilities on the continent. Twelve nations around the world share an interest in Antarctica for research purposes. Those nations are U.S., UK, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, and South Africa. No country can claim Antarctica or use it for military purposes. As you can see we learn some interesting facts about this continent. Let’s move on to talk about foods that represent this continent. Since it is has no permanent residents it was really hard to come up with recipes for our study. I did some deep searching until I was able to come up with something to prepare to wrap up this study.
After searching and searching I came upon a blog called Travel by Stove and another site dedicated to foods prepared by the Inuit Eskimos. I chose this last site because they know what it’s like to survive and eat in extremely cold climates. What did the Rhodes family prepare and end up eating? Keep reading as I tell you about each dish.
This is Parsnip Mashed Potatoes. It is made with white potatoes, parsnips, onion, garlic cloves, butter, heavy cream, salt, and white pepper. This was pretty tasty for mashed potatoes. The parsnips and onions gave it a unique flavor. There was plenty leftover for another meal. My son did all the peeling of the potatoes and parsnips for me. I love that he always offers to help and doesn’t find it to be a chore.
This is Lemon Pepper Cod. It is made of cod fillets, lemon juice, and ground black pepper. It also says to use vegetable oil for cooking in a skillet on top of the stove. I did not use oil for mine because I prepared it on top of my stovetop griddle pan that I sprayed with cooking spray. The fish was really good but unfortunately there is never leftovers in this house with any type of fish. I usually only cook enough for one meal (IMO it does not tastes as good the next day the way it does when freshly prepared).
To round out the meal I had to add something green. Salad always goes good with fish and since we’re talking about Antarctica we needed something COLD right? LOL This is a simple salad using Spring lettuce mixture with orange tomatoes, onions, and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.
For dessert we baked Sally Ayotte’s South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are made up of butter (margarine too but I don’t buy margarine), brown and white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, 3 types of baking chips: regular and white chocolate as well as butterscotch, and chopped nuts. My son helped his dad with this. He did all the measurements for the ingredients while dad did all the mixing. They were some good cookies. Because there was some much left over my son said “we can have tea and cookies everyday for a snack”. LOL
Unlike when we studied Africa there wasn’t a whole lot to learn about Antarctica. It just took longer for me to find food to prepare as well as other information. The good thing is that some of what we did learn about this continent we didn’t already know so that made it worth our time doing the research. 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.