Sunday, April 17, 2011

Grilled Pork - 3 steps only

We are in the weekend already. Times passes by so fast, don't you think?  I was stumped on what to cook. I did not want to barrage through recipes.  I had some pork and tried out something of my own with the help of the kids and everyone loved it. The point of this post is - allow inspiration, allow invention, thinking, trying. This will carry the kids far. Not only on feeding themselves later but in many other aspects of their lives.

218 Tasty PORK CHOP RECIPES eBOOK Cookbook
Here's my recipe of Grilled Pork Spiced:

What you need:

Pork Chops - slice in half but not all the way
Blend onions, garlic and ginger, tomato and chili
Salt, pepper, curry powder, chili powder or paprika

Pork on Non Stick Pan
How to prepare
Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10- and 12-Inch Omelet Pans, Set of 2
Non stick skillet. Click if you need for information
Rub the blended ingredients into the pork
Rub the salt, pepper and spicy ingredients all over the pork
Allow a non stick pan to heat with oil - not to much
Lastly, place in the pork and allow to cook properly on low heat.

Mouth watering Spicy Pork

I finished it with some curry leaves to give it some great aroma and to flatter it with some added
Fresh Curry Leaves - Fresh South Indian and Sri Lankan Herb - Citrus Aroma
Serve with rice or bread or just eat it like that

Teaching Notes

1.  Look at the ingredients and invent a recipe - we decided on a spicy dish. You and and your kids can decide on something less spicy and western. For example, forget the curry powder and blended ingredients, just apply the salt and pepper and some olive oil.  No need for blended ingredients. Or if you wanted some filing - mix up diced peppers, tomatoes, herbs (chives, rosemary etc)

2. Encourage experimentation.

3. Math is always there - for younger kids - 1 teaspoon of this and 2 teaspoons of that etc. For older children, teach estimates. 

Happy Teaching and Cooking!
Harv Kay 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Honey Lemon Chicken

Today’s Sunday! What do we cook? My son says he wants something different. I had this recipe book and some chicken. He loved the picture of the honey lemon chicken. The recipe seemed simple enough but I did not have all the ingredients. So I improvised and it turned out quite good.
15 minute meal and serves about 4.

Has about 5 teaching ingredients.

Your older kids could prepare this but you’d need to help with the younger ones.


Cornstarch is usually thought of as a thickener, but it is very useful as a coating for frying. It comes out lighter and crisper than flour.

You can serve this dish without the sauce too Either way, they taste amazing!.


• 1/2 cup water
• 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• Soy sauce to taste


Mix the cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper together in shallow bowl. Add the chicken breast halves, coating thoroughly. Coat the chicken breasts in the egg mixture.

Pour enough canola or peanut oil into a skillet to come half way up the thickest part of the chicken. Heat until very hot. Add the chicken and fry until the coating is crisp and the chicken is tender, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.


Cut the ginger into 4 pieces

Put the 1/2 cup of water, ginger, honey, lemon juice and soy sauce together in a small saucepan.

Heat over low flame until all. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer, covered for 1 minute. Discard the ginger.

Mix the 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with the 1 tablespoon of cold water, stirring until completely dissolved. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce.

Let the sauce come back to the boil, raising the heat slightly if necessary. Simmer for 1 minute, or until the sauce forms a thick, syrup-like glaze.

Turn off the heat. Cover and set aside.

Just before serving, uncover the sauce and reheat over a medium flame, stirring, until it reaches a low-boil. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water. Add in a few drops of sesame oil.

Pour over the chicken and serve.

Teaching Notes

Different taste – sweet, sour

Textures of liquid – water, water and cornstarch

Beating the egg – motor skills

Teach kids different parts of the egg – egg white, egg yolk

Prepare a easy and healthy dish within 15 minutes

Happy Teaching and Cooking!