Globe Trotting

This year for his 6th birthday Matthew asked for a spinning world thingie. Translation: a globe. It has been a lot of fun pointing out all the exotic places he has traveled. So far, about five in total; New Jersey being one of them. The world has really opened up for him and it is exciting to watch. He now has ambitions to travel to the North Pole and his second favorite continent, besides North America, is Australia. Maybe because it is so large, his little finger always ends up on that one.

He can now see where his Daddy is traveling to when he goes away for work. And he can pinpoint Israel, where his Aunt Lisa, lives. It is a destination we point to several times a week. He wants to know when we will visit and I explain to him that even the THOUGHT of traveling 5500 miles on an airplane with him and his brothers is enough to have me committed. Well, not in those exact words…

Good thing she comes to visit us twice a year – Because I am not sure I would survive the 12-hour flight just yet, but SOON we will brave it (I promise, sis!) In the meantime I can bring him a little of the local culture by way of food. If I had my way we’d make a layover in Italy on the way there, so I am combining the two.

Israeli Cous Cous  – Italian Style

Ingredients:

2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes (you will have xtra for another dish)

1/4-cup olive oil, plus 2 Tbsp

1 cup Israeli cous cous

1 lemon, juice of

1 Tbsp capers, with some of the brine

2 scallions, sliced, reserve some for garnish

1 jar or can of Tonno tuna with oil, drained and flaked

Salt & Pepper

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the tomatoes with 2 Tbsp of the olive oil and spread in one layer on baking sheet, season with salt.

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Roast for approximately 25-30 minutes until charred in spots and tomatoes are ready to burst. Shake the pan about halfway through. (Note: this step can be done in advance, refrigerate tomatoes in airtight container)

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Meanwhile, cook the cous cous according to package directions. While the cous cous is cooking combine the rest of the olive oil, lemon juice, capers, scallions, tuna, and tomatoes in a large bowl.

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Let cous cous cool slightly and then add to tuna mixture. Gently combine, and add salt and pepper to taste.  Add remaining scallions to garnish.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 6): “Nope, do NOT like it”

Liam (age 4): “I DO like it”

Dylan (age 4): “I only like the white ball parts”

Since Liam only had two bites, I am suspicious he was just trying to butter me up for the ice cream bars he had spotted in the freezer… And ironically Matthew ate the most of anyone even though he didn’t like it, he must have been hungry.

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12 thoughts on “Globe Trotting

  1. If you plan a stop in Italy, forget Israel – I’ll meet you there! (BTW, I’m with Matthew on this one – not sure that I’m loving this combo, although I’d probably eat it anyway!)

  2. I really enjoy using roasted cherry tomatoes in dishes, so, this salad would be fine with me. In Winter, I’ll switch to sun-dried. I have to admit that the salad even looks great without “the white ball parts”. 🙂

  3. I made something just like this for Father’s Day but it had lemon and basil and spring onions too. It was so yummy.

  4. What a great gift to keep little hands and big minds busy! Don’/t forget to show him Bermuda and the Caribbean islands he visited on the cruise! We have a friend who is 80 now and has visited all the continents (including the South Pole) and is still checking countries off his list of must visits. As an inveterate traveler I love his goal! I love when our friend comes home and has gazillion pictures for Bill to work on.

    One easier way to get to Israel might be to go to England, stay a few days and then fly to Israel (much shorter flight). You could even take the Queen Mary or another ship across rather than flying…it is almost cheaper believe it or not.

    Loved this blog in particular.
    Much love,

    Judy and Bill

    • We have pointed out our cruise path several times already! I will tell him about your friend, I am sure the South Pole with become a new destination goal for him.
      I like the idea of stopping in England too, but taking a boat across not so sure, the shortest way possible appeals to me so a plane would be first choice.
      Love,
      Elaine

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