Experiencing a new culture #newthings

It’s our last week of being involved with CSMA Newthings bloggers challenge. We have really enjoyed trying out new things as a family especially our trip into London to visit film locations of Harry Potter. Spending time together and enjoying each others company has been a big part of this challenge. As my boys grow up I have noticed that they are doing more and more individually and as Jak is now 12 he has been enjoying his new-found independence and going out with his friends instead of wanting to spend his spare time with us. So having set days where we get to spend time together and enjoy experiencing new things has been a delight. This week challenge was to experience a new culture, although i would have loved to embark on a once in a life time trip to India to teach the children about their culture  it just wasn’t possible so we brought India to our little livingroom in Greater London instead. We visited a restaurant where we ordered some food from the counter to take away. The aroma coming from the shop was tantalizing and was definitely exciting our senses. My tummy was rumbling at the sight of all the lovely colourful food to choose from. We ordered Naan Bread, chappatis, tandoori roti and chicken curry, Joseph chose them all. I like to invite the children into choosing their food as they then seem to be more enthusiastic in wanting to taste it. We watched the chef cook make up the naan from the dough bread and then he placed it into a cylindrical clay oven, called a Tandoor. DSC_0195 Once we arrived the boys draped some material over their shoulders just like the Indian dress. We researched on the internet about traditional clothing and found out that it varies from region to region depending on ethnicity, geography, climate and cultural traditions. A sarong is a traditional garment in India for men and a sari for women.The material used is colourful and can be patterned.

While the boys were waiting for their food they did a puzzle of a traditional hindu family eating their dinner, it was this picture that we tried to reenact in our own living room.

 

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I served up our food on a tray and placed it on the floor, using our fingers we used the naan and chappatis to dip into the chicken curry. The boys loved it and soon all of the food was gone!

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Once we was full up we watched an indian music video on Youtube, the boys danced around the living room just like they were on the video. Indian songs mostly come from Indian films .

After a few minutes of dancing we all sat down and I attempted at doing some Henna on the boys feet. Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves and twigs of a henna plant. When the paste has been applied to skin and left for a few hours, it leaves an orange stain on it (which fades away after 7 days). Mehndi is a long-standing tradition stemming from ancient cultures and is originally used on the palms of the hands. Henna serves as a symbol of good luck, health and sensuality.

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We didn’t cover the foot as the boys have school, so we only tried a little tattoo. It was quite easy to use but the boys found it ticklish and wouldn’t sit still lol.

We really enjoyed finding finding about a new culture, the children especially enjoyed the hennna tattoo. They now have something to show their friends of our cultural night in.

Have you tried a new culture this week?

Thank you to CSMA for inviting us along on the NewThings challenge, I hope you have all enjoyed reading about all the new things that we as a family have had fun doing.

FAMILY

CSMA challenge: Crispy bacon, houmous and cheese topped Pork chops #newthings

This week our challenge set by CSMA was to try a new food, well I have been a bit lazy on the blog from what with returning to work and the children going back to school and I have found it difficult to get back into a routine. I left it too late to do a shop (I had something extravagant to try out) but instead I had to result with trying out anew recipe with what i had left in the fridge/cupboards. I guess that is just normal life!

This is week 3 of 4 for the CSMA challenge, last week it was Try out a new game, which we wrote about Balloon Pop and the week before it was to visit a new place, we went to London and done a Harry Potter tour.

My family love to try new food and don’t shy away with tasting something that is new to them, anything to tickle their taste buds. The boys get quite excited when they are served up a new recipe to try. I have always taught them to taste it first before complaining that they don’t like it as sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised at how something tastes as to what it looks like. The youngest loves his seafood, with his favourite being mussels from the shell and The eldest is beginning to enjoy eating lots more spicy food and has even started to be adventurous in cooking them

A well-balanced diet, Eating a variety of food is good for our health. Each week we try to introduce a new food into the house, wether it be a new spice, new recipe or a new fruit to try. The children now like to pick out foods at the supermarket and ask me if we can try it at home, i like to encourage this and when we are cooking it I get them to watch and help out.

Unfortunately this week we wasn’t so adventurous with our food but it was still a new recipe to try.

Pork chops Pizza

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Ingredients:

Pork chop medallions

Tomato Puree

Half a small onion chopped finely

2 garlic cloves

6 slices Bacon chopped and cubed (remove the rind)

houmous

Grated cheese

Oliver oil

Mixed herbs

Method:

  • Place the chops under the grill until the pinkness has gone, and turn over for a few minutes.
  • Fry off the onions adding the garlic and bacon in some olive oil until the bacon is nice and crispy
  • Once one side of the chops are cooked and the other side has lost its pinkness, spread some tomato puree over them adding a big dollop of houmous and place back under the grill for a minute.
  • Top the chops with the bacon mixture and add some of the cheese on top, place back under the grill until the cheese melts
  • Repeat the last instructions
  • Take out of the grill and plate it up adding some more of the bacon on top and some mixed herbs

Serve with baby potatoes and greens

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We used caramised onion houmous and make sure you are generous with it, it gives a smoothness to the taste.

Hope you enjoy.

If you looking for inspiration on new recipes why not take a look at CSMA Smart Spending page for some recipe ideas on a budget

FAMILY



Matt Hatter Chronicles Season 3

GOING MULTIVISION

We was recently invited along to an exclusive screening of the New CITV Premiere of Matt Hatter Chronicles

On Saturday 30th August 82 VUE cinemas across the UK screened a never been seen before awesome extended episode of Matt Hatter Chronicles, to celebrate the return to CITV this September.

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Matt Hatter Chronicles is An animated action adventure TV show aired on CITV. Matt Hatter is a school boy who has just moved to London from New York to live in Cornet Movie Theatre, which is owned by his Grandpa Alfred. Upon arrival, along with his Mum and Dad, they quickly realise that Grandpa is missing…but where is he? Matt soon discovers the family secret when he falls across the Chronicles. The Hatters are guardians of another dimension called the Multiverse, access to the Multiverse can only be reached through the cinema. Villains from the movies that were once screened at the Coronet have now escaped into the Multiverse and are now answer to the bad Lord Teneroc.

With Matt as the new Hatter Hero along with his friends in the multiverse, Roxie and Gomez, working together they battle and capture the villains and save Grandpa Alfred.

Here is Jak’s video review of the extended Matt Hatter Chronicles that we viewed at the cinema

We even got to meet the Nigel Stone, the creator of Matt Hatter Chronicles. Jak managed to win a prize for receiving the most points on a game prior to the screening and he was presented it by Nigel Stone

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Nigel Stone

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Jak receiving his prize from CITV presenters and Nigel Stone

getting a high score with quick response

getting a high score with quick response

We had a wonderful time at the VUE cinema, even I enjoyed the animated cartoon!

The boys got to dress up as Matt Hatter

Cool Jak Hatter

Cool Jak Hatter

Awesome Oliver Hatter

Awesome Oliver Hatter

Super Joseph Hatter

Super Joseph Hatter

“To continue the Matt Hatter adventures at home, Simba Toys UK has just launched an all-new Matt Hatter Chronicles toy line. Kids can bring their favourite Matt Hatter scenes to life with the brand new range of toys. True to the popular CITV show, the must-have toy collection allows kids to re-enact Matt and his friends’ quest to rid the Multiverse of Lord Tenoroc’s fearsome Super Villains! Who will become the ultimate Hatter Hero as kids re-live the awesome adventures of the Matt Hatter Chronicles?

The Matt Hatter Chronicles toy range features actions figures, vehicles and role-play toys that encourage collectability and engage kids in interactive play patterns derived directly from the show – a true extension of the Matt Hatter universe.”

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The debut toy range is available from all good retailers now. For more information please visit www.matthatter.com

Watch Matt Hatter Chronicles every Saturday Morning at 7:55 on CITV from 13th September.

We was invited along to the Premiere screening of the new CITV series for the purpose of this review, Thank you Jess.

Watch WatchALL-NEW episodes of ‘MATT HATTER’ every Saturday morning on ITV & CITV at 7:55am from Saturday 13th September!

Snap Shots from an 11 year old

What happens when you give a camera to a Tween?

This is exactly what i did In the summer. Jak was nearly 12 and is just getting into photography.

We was staying at a Haven caravan site in caister, our caravan was pretty close to the grassy sand dunes and on the other side was a lovely wide beach. Jak went off one morning with the camera in hand and came back with these fabulous shots

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Photos by Jak Wright, 12

What do you think? Will he cut it as a Photographer

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

CSMA Challenge: Boom Pop Balloon #NewThings

Have you tried anything new this week?

It’s week two of four into the CSMA Newthings bloggers challenge and this week was as a family to try a new game. This week has been extremely busy for us, not only did the two eldest boys return to school but i also returned to work after having 5 weeks off over the summer. The eldest boy started his new adventures into secondary school, plus we celebrated his 12th birthday today, so we have all been kept rather busy… although not too busy to enjoy playing a new game together.

As it was the eldest birthday there was quite a few balloons lying around the livingroom floor and as i was sitting their thinking about what game we could play, i quickly remembered reading about a party game involving balloons.

BOOM POP BALLOON

You will need a selection of different coloured balloons, inside one place a small gold star. Inflate, tie and leave to one sideDSC_0133

Next gather the children in front of you and tell them that you are going to throw the balloons up in the air – one balloon per child

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As you throw the balloons in the air give them an instruction to follow that they must do with one balloon

  • Catch the balloon with your right/left hand
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  • Catch the balloon with your feet

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  • Catch the balloon with one foot and one hand
  • Bounce the balloon with your head 5 times then sit down
  • Try to keep the balloon off of the floor by bouncing it high with your hands/feet/nose/elbow as many times as possible

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If you have quite a few children you could play a kind of musical chairs game but instead of taking a chair away each time take a balloon away and the child left without holding a balloon has to sit out.

My boys are very competitive and was funny to see how the littlest was eager to win by pushing his older brother aside and standing in front of him so that he could reach his balloon first.

Remember the balloon with the golden star inside….Well! Now this is the fun part. Gather the children together and ask them to pop all of the balloons because inside one of them there is a little star and whoever finds that star will be the lucky child who will receive a goody.

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Watch out for the POP!

After a few minutes of bottom bouncing, one of the boys found the golden star but as I am a nice mummy I let both of the boys have a sweetie.

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We had giggles, uncontrollable laughter, some pushing and shoving but most of all lots of fun. My boys love to play together especially when it’s a new exciting game to play. Balloon Pop Boom is a fun but active game and can keep them busy for hours. Give a child a balloon and watch in amazement on how long they will run around the room bouncing it around.

If you have done anything that has involved trying something new this week, why not link up below. I would love to read them :-)

If you need any inspiration, CSMA Club has plenty of ideas for free attractions and places to visit around the country on the Time Out section of its Smart Spending hub. Don’t forget to use the #newthings hashtag whenever you’re sharing.

FAMILY


This is our entry into the CSMA week 2 challenge