Saturday, 19 March 2016

March 15 - cockade cookies and other activities

Perhaps this post should be written in Hungarian as March 15 is one of the most prominent national holidays in Hungary. And it means more to the Hungarians than to anybody else.

 Last year we celebrated it with lots of fun activities like the ice experiment or the 3 Ps: pompoms, patterning and painting.

And this year...

I had very little time to prepare for our national holiday so I took the easy way and downloaded/printed/laminated an absolutely fantastic collection of activities from

Here are the activities I prepared:

E. started with the pre-writing practice:

Then she read (!!!) the questions herself concerning the sheet in front of her (like Which is the biggest cockade? or How many flags turn left?)

Clearly you can see she was enjoying it
 A little bit of maths - counting and matching numbers and dice:

 After the activities we went on to make cockade cookies. Click for original cockade cookie recipe.

What you need (5-7 cookies):

1 tube (150gr) sweetened condensed milk here you can read about the difference between condensed and evaporated milk- something that I myself have just learnt)
80-100 gr grated coconut
food colouring (in our case red and green)
(In the original recipe the proportions are double)

How to prepare it:

We mix the evaporated milk and the coconut so we get a playdoh-like texture. (Well, we did not unfortunately. We need to make it again to experiment with the proportions)

We've learnt a new expression: evaporated milk
Halve the mixture and add red food colouring to one part.
Take the one third of the remaining white mixture and add the green food colouring.
Make green balls and place them on baking paper (on a tray).

Yes, yes... that is Baby Sister on me in a sling
Around the green ball make a white "sausage" then around it a red one. They should touch each other. Our mixture didn't turn out so well. I couldn't make "sausages" so I just placed the stuff in circles. E. was very helpful... with cleaning (i.e. licking).

Pre-heat the oven at 150 Celsius degrees and dry the cookies out within 15-20 minutes. (We had a problem with this because after 10 minutes they got a little brown. So I turned the oven down to 100 degrees and let them stay in for another 5 minutes)

Before baking

A little over-baked still tasted nice
They're tasty and crunchy for me a little too sweet so I don't mind we have fewer cookies than in the original recipe.

Of course, we spent our time in Hungarian and E. learnt quite a few words, some international like huszár and csákó :)

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