#52NewFoods: Kumquats

Kumquat image on Shutterstock(Kumquat image on Shutterstock)

The Petits Chefs worked with a new-to-many-of-them fruit this week – kumquats!

We tasted them first…

Kids tasting kumquats on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd decided they were “not bad”. Their appearance led many of the boys to believe they would be sour like lemons but they were pleasantly surprised. Plus, bonus “you eat the skin!”. We got to making “lucky” jam – they are thought to bring prosperity and good luck for Chinese New Year.

Kids chopping kumquats for jam on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids in the kitchen with kumquats on eatlivetravelwrite.comLucky kumquat jam on eatlivetravelwrite.coHomemade kumquat jam for #52NewFoods challenge on eatlivetravelwrite.comIsn’t it a beautiful colour?

Now if you have jam, you need something to put it on, right? So we made bread. Brown soda bread, to be precise…

Kids scooping soda bread dough into muffin tins on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve made this before with the Petits Chefs and love that it’s a bread recipe I know we can get done in an hour!

Homemade sodabread on eatlivetravelwrite.comYup, some of them are rather strange-looking but they tasted wonderful!

Of course, between bread and jam, one needs butter. So we made butter. Again.

Homemade butter in the food processor on eatlivetravelwrite.comA perfect accompaniment to our bread rolls. The boys were once again fascinated watching as cream turned into butter. They also loved squeezing out the moisture!

Homemade butter by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comEt voilà:

Homemade rolls and butter on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Homemade bread, butter and jam on eatlivetravelwrite.comBread, butter and jam in under an hour? Yes, you can (it’s hectic, I warn you, but do-able!).

Get the recipe for the homemade butter here.

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The brown soda bread recipe comes from Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food which you can buy on Amazon Amazon Canada or for free worldwide shipping on The Book Depository.






Get the recipe for a kumquat jam on Crunch a Color and in The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook.

Want to see 52 New Foods in action? Check out the 52 New Foods Junior Chef Classes at your local Williams Sonoma (call your local store for details!)

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Buy The 52 New Foods Challenge at your local Williams Sonoma store or on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. What new food will YOU try this week?


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Disclosure: I received a copy of the 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook for the purposes of taking part in the #52NewFoods Challenge through Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassador Community. I was asked to create one original recipe for the challenge. I did not receive any further compensation for writing this post nor any other promotion of the book I might be involved with.


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