Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

O for Orange Pudding

Letter O, the most easily identified letter. I would have loved to  pick something that had olives in it. However I restrained myself as I knew DS2 would not enjoy it.

I found a simple orange pudding recipe here and as I had all the ingredients on hand, I decided we will make it.

We started of by me scraping some orange rind for DS2 to smell. He liked the smell and tried describing it in his own words.

Juicing orange

The recipe did not call for orange juice. I thought just adding couple of tablespoons would not be a bad idea. Afterall our star is orange.

Behind the scene shot . . . drinking milk straight out of the measuring jug!

We added all the ingredients into a water bottle. We used a funnel to avoid spills.

Vigorously shake the ingredients. Using a bottle with a tight cap will be a good idea.

Pudding served in an orange cup.

I have to be honest about this recipe. It was easy and fun to do. However it was really not great as far as taste goes. Vanilla and orange just did not seem to pair well, at least to us.

We found this book at our local library. It made up for the disappointment of the recipe.

The title is a question any child can present to you. The book goes about asking the question and answering it in a very delightful way. It is a very cheeky kind of book that truly suits DS2 personality and he really enjoyed it Alhamdulillah.


N for Noodles

Asian noodles are a staple in our home. And it is amazing the variety that is out there.

Variety of noodles

We started off by examining a variety of noodles I had on hand. With all the different textures, it was definitely sensory simulating.

Exploring fresh won ton

The fresh won ton received interesting reactions. DS2 just did not want to unravel it. He complained of the smell. While DS3 as you can see was having a blast.

Ingredients for noodle salad

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss away.


Noodle salad

We did a little noodle gluing using a colouring page I found here.

Gluing noodle.

The children had fun doing this. They enjoyed squeezing out tonnes of glue. And every time they tried pressing down the dried chow mein noodle on to the paper, the could hear and feel the noodles cracking under their fingers. Subhanallah, they thought this sensation was very cool and amusing. The simple things chidlren relish 🙂


Posted by on July 9, 2011 in AlphaFood Venture, Cooking/Baking


Twig weaving

There was still plenty of weeping birch twigs lying around. And I thought it’ll make a good weaving material. And really I was inspired by the beautiful weaved baskets in my home country and more motivated by the stickwork sculpture picture posted by Umm Tafari here.

I had this somewhat sun-shaped cardboard that I has saved from some pot and pans packaging. I felt that this would provide a good base to weave the twigs around to form a basket.

Twigs and cardboard base

We started weaving. DS1 figured that he needed to weave the twigs in and out of the flaps. What was challenging about doing this was that the twigs just would not stay in place.

Weaving in progress

Side view of the basket

By now I had a really sad boy. His weaving was not yielding a basket.

Allah provides hope in times of despair Subhanallah. A ball of T-shirt yarn on the fridge!

T-shirt yarn is basically old T-shirts cut into about 1 inch continuous strip. They make very good ties around the house.

Weaving using T-shirt yarn

We used the same cardboard as a base. This time it was way easier as the material was easy to handle and it was a continuous string as oppose to bits of twig.

Also notice that the cardboard base had eight flaps. This is an even number of flaps that when you weave around would produce a pattern that will not hold up the flaps into a basket shape. Alhamdulliah DS1 figured that he needed to just make a loop at the starting flap to skip a flap and continue weaving.

He also figured that based on the tension of the yarn, he can control how wide the basket opened up. He decided to make it really tight. Reason, when he was done it could be flipped and worn as a Turkish tarboosh!

We started weaving twigs hoping to produce a basket. We ended up with a very happy boy wearing a T-shirt yarn tarboosh, Alhamdulillah.



Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Art & Craft, Nature


Twig painting

We had a storm sweep through our city. The aftermath of the strong winds were a lot of twigs of the weeping birch trees scattered in our backyard.

Perfect material for some painting. Tape down large piece of paper. Put blobs of paint. Tie twigs into small bundle. And let the little artist work their magic.

Painting with twigs

Twig painting

Insha-Allah I am saving this for a wrapping paper.


Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Art & Craft, Nature


M for Mango Maple Milkshake

For letter M I decided on milk as a main ingredient.

And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies – between excretion and blood – pure milk, palatable to drinkers.

Surah An-Nahl, Verse 66

To make it more M-ish, we added mangoes and maple syrup.

Ataulfo mango and Tommy Atkins mango

We started off by examining two different mangoes. We compared their shapes, size and colour. Then I cut them up and let DS2 smell them and taste them as well.

Scooping mango flesh

Adding some milk. Add maple syrup for sweetness

Blend away. Alhamdulillah DS2 has overcome fear of blenders.

Yummy mango maple milkshake

Just one complain, while tasting the milkshake, “This was too easy Mama.” What have I got myself into!

We read these books to compliment the activity.

This book was about and aunt supposedly trying to teach her nephew about how yummy milk really is thinking that he hates milk. What is nice about this title is that is revolves around making a milkshake. Perfect for this activity.

This is a classic book that is more about imagination that it is about milk. But for every page, I asked my son, if the picture looked liked spilt milk to keep the milk theme going. Insha-Allah this book will be a wonderful start off point for some imaginative artwork.

I would have love to have read a book about where milk comes from and how it gets into our fridge. Just could not find a suitable book.


Posted by on July 9, 2011 in AlphaFood Venture, Cooking/Baking