Papaya Salad Recipe

It’s as good a time as any to get your little’s active in the kitchen. Papaya Salad is an easy, healthy and versatile option for little hands and fingers.  Practice cutting different textures and preparing raw food the whole family will enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

Salad: 

  • 1 unripe green papaya
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 long strings of green beans cut into 1 in. pieces
  • 2-4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • Handful of unsalted roasted peanuts (opt.)

Sauce: 

  • 3-5 limes
  • 2 tbs. palm or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs. fish sauce (leave out for vegans / vegetarians and the faint of heart)
  • Salt to taste

Process:

1.) Remove skin from the carrot and papaya, then use a serrated peeler to cut them into long strips. Quarter tomatoes, cut green beans and set aside.

2.) Mash garlic in a wooden mortar (referred to in Thai as the Pok-Pok) until it is broken into small pieces. Add green beans and mash until slightly broken open. (Alternatively, if you do not have a mortar and pistil, chop garlic and mix with green beans).

3.) Add papaya and carrots, mash gently. Add tomatoes and toss together.

4.) Squeeze limes and combine juice with palm sugar, fish sauce and salt. Taste to ensure the balance of sweet, salty, sour and fishy is to your liking. Take time with this step and don’t be afraid to play with your proportions, every traditional Som Tam maker will have their own distinct blend of flavors.

5.) Add sauce to salad so that it is slightly dressed and well combined. Sprinkle in peanuts and serve with your favorite kind of rice.

** This dish is traditionally made with chili and is so spicy that it is eaten with rice to cool the palette. For adults who like spicy food add 2-4 Thai red or green chilies with the garlic in step 2. 

** There are many variations of this dish so if you don’t have all the ingredients, experiment with what you have. Thai eggplant, corn and fried sardines all make tasty compliments to this famous dish.


 

Papaya Salad or Som Tam is traditionally paired with sticky rice, a plate of green herbs and veggies, and a protein like a bbq grilled chicken, pork or fish. We also love it with fried chicken or a plain omelette.

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Summer of PLAY

This month we are open each and every day to give you lots of opportunities to try something new, hone creativity and enjoy movement. Our weekday activities are completely booked but we welcome you to come join our weekend workshops which will feature a blend of traditional Thai cooking, baking, crafting, tie dying and more.  As this will be a busy time, please send us a message or email to reserve places for your children.

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October Break Camp

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We’ve got a whole lot of fun lined up for your child’s October breaks! Join us starting September 25 onwards for explorations of Tinker Transportation, Wild Weather, Mindfulness for Minis and Halloween Harvest. We will be joined by our buddies at Auntie Orn’s Organic Cooking and some other very special facilitators for special subjects and sustainability.

 

End of the month sweetness

Donut Workshop

We would love to invite you for a morning time explosion of flavor and fun with Pam Pimmas, the creator of wowpam.com and former owner of The Dorm Bakery in Chiang Mai. On August 27th we’ll be having a donut making workshop from 10- 12 pm, students ages 3-12 are welcome to join. Space is limited so please contact us to reserve your space.

Pam is a truly passionate baker and being that brings excitement and enthusiasm to her craft, we hope you can join us for this special event. Check out photos from her last visit to Kids Yoga Garden here.

 

We're on Vacation

We also want to remind everyone we will be off for the first week of September. Weekend camp will resume September 9th and 10th and we hope to see you then!

 

<3,

Kids Yoga Garden(ers)

Shampoo making

 

This weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Auntie Orn in our kitchen for an all-natural shampoo making workshop.

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First we recorded our garden fresh ingredients in pictures and words.

Then we designed our bottle packaging and named our shampoo, ‘Dove’, ‘Eat Me’, and ‘Song kran’ were some of our favorite titles.

Next, we added our ingredients to a large bowl to prepare for boiling.

image2Once the mixture was cooled, we used our hands to squeeze ‘Ban Me’ leaves and release the soapy consistency into the liquid.

 

Finally, we strained our fragrant mixture and bottled it to take home.

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Thanks Auntie Orn for the visit, we can’t wait for our next Sustainability for Kids workshop! See you on Saturday for soap-making!

 

 

 

June Activities

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We are so excited to announce a new addition to our Saturday Weekend Camp Schedule, Auntie Orn of Auntie Orn’s Organic family cooking. She will be joining us from 2-4 p.m. each week to help us learn ways to bring more sustainable practices to our daily lives! This will include natural shampoo making, bio char soap making, organic cooking, composting, eco brick making and much more! The fun starts next weekend!

Children age 3-10 are welcome to join. Weekend camp runs 10 am – 4 pm and is available by drop-in, half-day and full day rates.

Saturdays Schedule:
10-11 : Kid’s Yoga
11-11:30 : Snack Break
11:30 -12:30: Art
12:30-1:30: Lunch Break
1:30 -2: Play
2- 3: Sustainable Science/ Cooking pt.1
3-3:15: Snack
3:15-4: Sustainable Science/ Cooking pt.2

+++Space is limited to 10 students +++

ตารางใหม่ของโปรแกรมในช่วงเสาร์อาทิตย์ออกแล้วนะคะ! อาทิตย์นี้ป้าออนจาก Orn’s Organic family cooking จะมาร่วมกับเราตั้งแต่ 14.00-16.00 น. ในแต่ละสัปดาห์เพื่อช่วยให้เราเรียนรู้วิธีที่จะนำแนวทางปฏิบัติที่ยั่งยืนมาสู่ชีวิตประจำวันของเรามากขึ้น หรือที่เข้าใจกันง่ายๆคือการใช้วัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษนั้นเอง! จะรวมถึงการทำแชมพูกับสบู่ธรรมชาติ ่และการทำอาหารชีวภาพทำปุ๋ยอินทรีย์หมักการทำอิฐและอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย! ความสนุกเริ่มต้นวันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์ที่กำลังมาถึงนี้!
เด็กอายุ 3-10 ขวบ
วันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์จะเปิดให้บริการตั้งแต่ 10.00 น. – 16.00 น. ราคามีทั้งแบบ Drop off , ครึ่งวันและเต็มวัน
วันเสาร์:
10-11: โยคะสำหรับเด็ก
11-11: 30: พักทานขนม
11:30 น. – 12:30 น. ศิลปะ
12: 30-1: 30: Lunch Break
1:30 -2: พักเล่น
2- 3: วิทยาศาสตร์ / การทำอาหารจากวัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษ pt.1
3-3: 15: ขนมขบเคี้ยว
3: 15-4: วิทยาศาสตร์ / การทำอาหารจากวัตถุดิบปลอดสารพิษ pt.2

พื้นที่ จำกัด ไม่เกิน 10 คน +++18902787_10209794950530545_602429215_n

We will be whipping up some delicious treats and decorating them with the help of Love to Bake Bakery รับทำเค้กฟองดองตามออเดอร์ on Sunday June 11th. Don’t miss this fun workshop on fondant animal sculpting to make incredible edible art!

Ages 3-10 welcome, 10-11 am
Drop-in: 350 baht
Half Day: (10 am -1 pm): 600 baht
Full Day: (10 am – 4 pm): 1000 baht

-Space limited to 9 participants-

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Summer Camp: Outer space, inner mind

This past week our garden was full of astronauts, asteroids, aliens, a couple moons and rockets as we used our imaginations to travel to the edges of the solar system. Here are some of our favorite moments with our brilliant buddies.

One of the most delicious moments was making Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Moon Cookies, vegan and non-vegan versions. Yum Yum Yum.

Thanks to our friend Kimmy, we learned some amazing clay sculpting techniques and took home some tiny Pikachus and people!

We used a little paper, oil pastels and scissors to create a shadow puppet laser pointer with the help of a very special facilitator.

Partner poses give us a chance to experience our own strength while supporting our friends, relay races help us work together and recycled boxes make the silliest hats.

 

Some musical scales, asteroid inspection and moon demolition, exploring caves on other planets… all a part of our Summer of Fun here in the garden. Thank you so much for filling our week with imaginative fun, we can’t wait to welcome you again soon.

 

<3,

Kids Yoga Garden

Cooking with Wow Pam!

We were so grateful to host Pam Pimmas, the owner of The Dorm Bakery and the creator of http://wowpam.com/  this past week at our garden! We learned about using plants like pandan, butterfly pea flowers, and pumpkin to add natural coloring to the tapioca and rice flower balls of the Thai dessert, Bua Loy.

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Our favorite part was rolling out the dough into little balls, and some giant ones too!

 

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Then we watched very carefully as the balls were boiled and helped to measure out the palm sugar (yum!) and coconut milk.

 

Ta da: our finished product, tasty Bua Loy.

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Lastly, we got to taste our yummy creation, mmmm mmmm mmm good! Thanks Pam for joining us, we hope to see you again soon.

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