The first Savory Kids program was a great success! Five kids came to the Savory Spice Shop* last Monday to eat, experiment and learn.
Under the direction of the owner, Karen Aboussie, the kids did most of the work themselves. The first thing they tackled was a dried fruit and nut dish made with Savory Spice Shop’s Vindaloo seasoning (see recipe below). The kids got to measure and mix it, learning proper measuring technique along the way.
Next they got to make fruit kabobs, which really got their creative “juices” flowing.
Karen led them on a hunt through the store to choose spices and other flavors to sprinkle on their kabobs. Some favorites were Peruvian Chili Lime, Pure Vanilla Powder, Garam Masala and Honey Powder.
Then they tried popcorn sprinkled with all kinds of spices and toppings like Nacho Cheese, Smokey Hills Cheddar and Parmesan Pesto. Honey Powder was again a big hit. It made the popcorn taste like kettle corn! Next they made dip for vegetables by mixing in different flavorings. The kids really went for the Dill Dip with their cucumbers, carrots and red bell peppers — they ate tons of veggies!
Lastly, everyone got to try the first thing they’d made, Vindaloo Spiced Candied Fruit and Nuts — it baked while they made the other stuff. The kids and moms all agreed: It was sensational! Karen served the crumbled mixture over yogurt for an excellent dessert … or breakfast!
All in all, everyone had a great time. Karen knew exactly how to keep the kids engaged and entertained (I even got to shop a little during the class!). When I asked my daughter what she thought of it, she said, “This day was so yummy! I ate this day!” That pretty much sums it up.
Come play with us next time: The cost for each class is $6 per child, and they must be accompanied by one adult. Classes are limited to six kids so be sure to register quickly, either in the store, by phone (512.524.1093) or by email to email@example.com. On Monday, June 20th, the topic will be A Yummy Trip to Morocco, and on Monday, June 27th, kids will make Not Just Ordinary Tacos.
Vindaloo Spiced Candied Fruit and Nuts
1 egg white
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
Dash vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon Vindaloo spice mix
2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup candied orange peel
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with greased parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, beat egg white until stiff. Add brown sugar, vanilla and Vindaloo and stir. Fold in nuts, orange peel and cranberries until coated. Spread mixture on cookie sheet. Bake for 17-19 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
* Editor’s Note: Although the 6th Street location of the Savory Spice Shop has closed, as of February 2015 you can visit the store in the Arboretum.
Written by: Shannon Oelrich