Thursday, November 19, 2009

Snack Anxiety

Q-ster’s preschool is having an International Feast on the last day of class before Thanksgiving, and he’s supposed to bring a “small dish to share that represents his ethnic background.”

This simple potluck has generated more anxiety than any of the complicated issues at work this week. Which part of the little dude’s ethnic background? On SwingDaddy’s side, he’s got Australian, some European, a healthy collection of multi-generational Americans, and on my side, Chinese.

The more obvious selection would be Chinese, except that what exactly would we bring? I don’t know how to make any Asian pastries, and it’s not like a bunch of preschoolers are going to be thrilled to eat cold stir-fry at 10am on a weekday morning. The only thing I can think of is potstickers – reasonably tidy to eat as finger food and easily portable. However, they’re better warm, and I don’t want to make things complicated for the teachers to have to heat, or have multiple warming containers that Nanny J will have to collect while carrying Buster and bringing Q-ster home at pickup time.

Neither SwingDaddy or I have ever cooked any of the Australian dishes that his grandmother uses to talk about, and really, a side of lamb or such is somewhat suboptimal for four year olds anyway.

We’re seriously considering making a batch of fudge and explaining that it’s a family tradition. Suggestions, anyone?

An outtake from this month's second attempt at a family photo for our Christmas card. I'm going to need a long evening to blog that saga.

10 comments:

mayberry said...

Fortune cookies?!? (Cliche much?)

I think the potstickers would be OK. Or how about cold noodles? Cut into little pieces, of course.

Mir said...

Isn't bao pretty easy to make? I'm sure I've seen whatshername, the annoying semi-homemade lady (Sandra Lee?) on the Food Network do it with canister dough, actually. Ah, here's her recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/steamed-pork-bao-buns-recipe/index.html

Personally I'd do sweet bean paste rather than pork for the anklebiter set, but it might be a fun project for you and Q.

Bob said...

Mayberry's Fortune cookies is a great idea. Are you close to "World Market" Cost Plus? San Jose
4050 Stevens Creek Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95129
Tel: (408) 247-3333

Amber said...

When I was a Brownie leader, one of my Australian co-leaders brought fairy bread. It's white bread with butter and sprinkles, and apparently it's an Australian thing. Just google 'fairy bread' and you'll get lots and lots of photos and recipes.

Desiree said...

Do you actually have to make it? If it were me, I would just go to a Chinese bakery and get a whole bunch of egg tarts. They are Andrew's favorite thing. Or anything from the bakery section of Ranch 99!

Waltzing with Widgets said...

Wikipedia claims fortune cookies are mostly unknown in China, but I think you should allow yourself considerable interpretive latitude on this difficult assignment!

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Asianmommy said...

Yes, egg tarts!

Anonymous said...

are you required to actually make the snack yourself or could you buy something?
Mme A

appleseed said...

Sorry, no suggestions here... we have the same dang assignment! I was just going to send Jimmy to school (heavily Hawaiian and Asian population around here) with a loaf of wonderbread...
Don't think the kids would enjoy haggis much...