Our last multi-cultural night

We finally have our booth down to a science and this is our last year as Katy’s in eighth grade. I don’t know if they do anything like this at the high school.

For food we stuck with the pandan cakes and curry puffs that were popular last year and then I decided to do fried prawn crackers since I found them at a Chinese supermarket. I made the curry puffs and froze them raw earlier in the week and between those and the crackers I spent most of today standing in front of the stove.

When we were setting up, several people commented that they really liked prawn crackers. I guess they’re more common than I thought. The curry puffs all went and Heath said people came back from seconds. Katy’s sixth grade Spanish teacher stopped by and had one and she said she made them, too, but thought mine were better. She asked how I made them and I said “well, I start with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust” and she said “You’re kidding!”. I tried making the pastry from scratch but wasn’t having any luck so started trying pre-made things. The Pillsbury is the easiest to use and has the best results but it’s made with lard. Last year two people asked if they were vegetarian and of course they aren’t. This year I found a mix for a pie crust that uses butter and tried that. It’s not as easy to handle but I was able to make nine vegetarian puffs and had those on hand should anyone ask. Two or three people said they were vegetarian and got one and then when we ran out of the regular ones I put the rest out for anyone and they all went.

Last year we went through something like nine boxes of pandan cakes so this year I bought twelve. And ended up giving away four unopened boxes and bringing another one home. Katy likes them.

We also had two activities: picking up beans with chopsticks and five stones, which is a game similar to jacks but with no ball.

Katy streamed videos of Singapore on her iPad. Since the kids all have Google accounts for school they also have access to YouTube so we were able to do that.
Katy streamed videos of Singapore on her iPad. Since the kids all have Google accounts for school they also have access to YouTube so we were able to do that.

For the most recent round of Flex classes Katy signed up for a class to make costumes for the event. They had mannequins and had to research a costume and create it out of crepe paper. Katy chose Indonesia and made a sarong using some batik fabric leftover from a sewing project. I didn’t get a photo of any of the others but they were in the windows of the cafeteria and were all really cute.

Katy with her sarong creation.
Katy with her sarong creation.
Katy giving a chopstick lessons
Katy giving a chopstick lessons
Not a very good photo but this lady knew how to play five stones and was showing her daughters.
Not a very good photo but this lady knew how to play five stones and was showing her daughters.
Heath passing out food.
Heath passing out food.

We ate lots of good food, too. We were right next to Israel and they had some canned pickles that were really good. The other side of us was Scotland with some haggis and I got some Korean barbecue this year. Korea always has a really long line. I also had some yummy chocolate thing from some country that I can’t remember the name of. I didn’t make it down the other hall where all the Caribbean food was.

After the tour of countries the kids had cultural talent show. We stayed long enough to hear Katy’s friend sing an Irish lullaby.

 

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