Iran: میوه و هنر

While doing my research I come across a healthy snack that sounded like fun to make! It is called Lavashak, it is a fruit leather and apparently it is traditionally made with lots and lots of patience. I found a recipe that uses the oven and it’s done in one day.

The recipe called for plums but sadly our only option at our grocery store was apples. So we made apple lavashak.

You can find the recipe here.

I strongly encourage you to check out the link, she talks about lavashak with such fond memories- it was a lovely read.

Lavashak
(Persian Fruit Leather)

Here is the full recipe.

We started by washing and cutting the apples, Martin handled the washing and once I had them down to slices he took over with a dull knife and cut them smaller.

Place the cut apples in a pot with water and a bit of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook till soft- about 30 minutes.

Now it’s time to pull out the emersion blender and pulverize this stuff into a paste.

Next spread it out on a parchment lined baking tray- the thinner the better!

Finally bake! It will take about 5 hours on a low oven.

Once it is cooled, cut it into strips and enjoy 🙂

Islamic Tile Craft

Islam is a a religion and unlike Christianity the places of worship are not adorned with images of individuals or stories from the Bible. Instead they are decorated with colorful precise repeating patterns using mathematics and geometry. These shapes and colors are used to encourage contemplation and reflection on the Qur’an or the Holy book of the Islamic faith. The 8 pointed star is a very popular motif in Islamic art, as well as repeating geometric shapes and is where we found our inspiration.

So for this craft we will be using bright colors and the same technique you would use to make a paper snowflake :). The possibilities and color combinations are limitless so this is a great craft turned classroom/ hallway decoration.

You will need…

  • origami paper, many different colors
  • scissors
  • glue

Start by selecting the base color, the star background color, and the star forefront color.

Fold the star background and forefront pages into a triangle 3 times.

Cut the open end to a V.

Set the background star aside and go to town cutting the forefront star.

Now for the reveal! Unfold the stars and layer them onto the base paper.

Secure with glue and display all together.

*We used 2 or 3 colors for each tile but you can always layer more or add more color by coloring parts of the pages.

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