A new adventure for me this year has been homeschooling Robbie, 13 yrs. old. He finished Japanese elementary school in March. Since our city does not offer any education options in English for Junior High, and as we prayed about it, we decided that homeschooling was our best option.
Although it has been a lifestyle adjustment, i think both Robbie (right Robbie??) and i would say we love it. He enjoys the freedom and relative ease of it compared to the rigours of japanese school. He also loves that we chose a literature based curriculum as he is passionate about reading. I enjoy the focused attention I get with him. It’s thrilling to be part of your child’s learning.
One of the highlights of schooling at home is that you can do hands-on activities, not just book learning. I have to admit, this also takes more energy and planning so I don’t do nearly as much as I’d like.
This month we are focusing our studies on India (we are working our way through Asia). He was assigned a project related to India so chose to make Indian curry and Naan. Often when Robbie has a project to chose, he’ll chose something related to cooking. I’m not sure if this is because he knows I’ll be involved (and therefore it is shared labor) or because he gets to eat it at the end.
For our last project, we made spring rolls and they weren’t such a success. Kept falling apart, etc. So we had some trepidation related to the Indian Curry, especially since we had never made anything Indian before.
Against all odds, it was very tasty! Sarah said it is her #2 favorite meal now, and Brianne said it was her #1 favorite. Brian said he is going to stop eating at Indian restaurants because this was way better. So how’s that for reviews? Japanese curry is a very common dish here, but it is so different from the Indian curry we made that it almost needs a different name. I personally loved it because #1: it had coconut milk in it and anything with coconut is awesome. #2: I have a zero spicy tolerance so we were able to regulate the spiciness level ourselves.
Robbie did great at preparing it. His skills in the kitchen have definitely grown over the years. 🙂 The Naan especially took alot of attention rolling them out and frying them. But he stuck with it. Along with his daily household duty of washing the dinner dishes, he really pulled full duty that night!
Here is the recipe:http: //allrecipes.com/Recipe/Indian-Chicken-Curry-II
And the naan: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/naan/
Since we found these recipes on allrecipes.com i can’t vouch that they were authentic Indian. But they did seem Indian-ish, from our limited experience.
Beginning in April, Sarah and Brianne will begin homeschooling with us. I have a feeling that cooking and home ec will be an even more major part of our lives then.