Thursday, October 29, 2015

Homeschool Highlights: Our Moorish Feast

We have been slowly working our way through Story of the World 2, and we recently read chapter 12 about the moors. I am a little embarrassed to admit that despite all the Shakespeare I read in college I never knew what a moor was until I read this chapter. (For those who are still not in-the-know, moors were Muslims living in Spain.) Chapter 12 talks about the medieval Muslim invasion of Spain. And we culminated our week of learning with an awesome Moorish feast.

The kids and Cameron had a great time dressing up, No promises about the authenticity of these costumes--the important thing is that everyone had fun.

We started out by making the Spanish chicken and rice suggested in the Story of the World activity guide.

Did you know that the Moors were responsible for importing oranges into Spain and planting orange groves in their kingdoms throughout southern Spain? Yep, it's true. So we added sliced oranges to our feast.
Cameron stopped by a little Mediterranean market for some fun things to add. He got a Mediterranean nut mix
and some Labni. (Labni, as we discovered, are soft cheese balls with very strong flavor. They're technically from Lebanon, not Spain. We liked them best smeared on crackers to spread out all that powerful flavor.)
We finished our feast with some Turkish Delight that Cameron picked up for us. Yum!
Homeschool is delicious!

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