Hola and welcome to Mexico! Our virtual trip around the world has landed in Mexico this month and we were eager to start cooking. We're not strangers to Mexican food and actually eat it quite often, so this month's food challenge didn't require any research on my part. The challenge was deciding. We finally came up with the idea of taquitos. Taquitos are actually quite easy to make and the girls were able to do a lot of the work themselves. I set out all the ingredients for our Chicken & Salsa Verde Taquitos, shredded chicken, salsa verde, and crumbled up queso fresco cheese. Our local grocery store has a wide variety of authentic Mexican ingredients, so instead of our usual cheddar, I decided to try a traditional Mexican cheese. The choice was perfect. The queso fresco melted well and was a perfect compliment to the salsa verde, which is a salsa made from tomatillos. The girls got to work pouring and mixing. I had already premeasured the ingredients, so the girls were able to work independently on this part. Once the filling was all mixed up, we started filling and wrapping our taquitos. Once rolled up tight, we placed them all on a lightly oiled sheet pan. Before putting them in the oven, spray the tops with a bit of cooking spray to help them crisp up. We paired our taquitos with some sour cream for dipping and a side of refried beans. Yum! We loved visiting Mexico! Chicken & Salsa Verde Taquitos 1 c shredded cooked chicken 6 oz. queso fresco cheese 8 oz. can salsa verde 10 flour tortillas Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the first three ingredients together. Scoop approximately 3 tablespoons of the mixture into the center of each taquito. Roll up tightly and place on a lightly greased sheet pan. Lightly spray tops of taquitos with cooking spray. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until tortillas are lightly browned. Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited. The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let's really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don't often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children. Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits - from numeracy to science. How can you beat that? Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators' Spin On It have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it - to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well! Around the World in 12 Dishes We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden, then continued on to Moscow in Russia and via Indian New Delhi reached Tokyo in Japan. After making a stop in the exotic location of Papeete, capital of French Polynesia, we have now reached Mexico City! March 4 - First country was the UK April 1 - The second country was Sweden May 6 - The third country was Russia June 3 - The fourth country was India July 7 - The fifth country was Japan August 5 - The sixth country was Australia September 2 - The seventh country was French Polynesia October 7 - The eight country is Mexico! How to join the fun! The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish. Cook a dish from Mexico: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun! Typical dishes: Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas and more. Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :) Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it. Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!] Fun fact: The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog and is named for a Mexican state. Share with us: Our Mexico challenge starts on October 7th and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren). Pinterest: We will add your photos to a "Around the World in 12 Dishes" Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :) Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog. Please check out our partner blogs and their Mexico ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators' Spin On It If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :) Please link up your Mexican dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it! If you liked what you read, I would love it if you would join me on Facebook and Pinterest!