Category: Activities

A Taste of Stockholm: Swedish Pancake Recipe

While we couldn’t travel to Sweden to make pancakes, we did the next best thing—joining Katja Borner and her daughters Louva (6) and Amelie (8) in Petaluma, CA at Swedish restaurant Stockhome.

Want to make your own Swedish pancakes? Stockhome was gracious enough to share their recipe so you and your kids could make your own version at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Whisk eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, and salt in.
  3. Add milk. Whisk until nice and smooth.
  4. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Warm a 12 inch pan over the stove.
  6. Add 1/4 tsp unsalted butter to your pan.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of pancake batter in the middle of the pan.
  8. Move the pan so the batter reaches the edges and forms a nice round circle.
  9. After 1-2 minutes, shake the pan to release the pancake and flip to the other side.
  10. Cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries. Enjoy!

If you’re in Petaluma, be sure to give Stockhome a visit, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @teacollection for more fun activities like this.

Making Dala Horses

Each season, we travel to a new destination around the world and draw inspiration from the places we visit. This season, we’re inspired by the amazing culture, history, architecture, nature, and people of Sweden.

One common symbol you’ll find throughout the country is the Dala horse. A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a carved, painted wooden statue of a horse that originated from the Swedish province of Dalarna. It became a popular children’s toy in the 17th century, and has come to symbolize good luck. You’ll find these wooden horses all over Sweden and in our latest fall collection.

To get a little more inspiration, a few of our team members made their own Dala horses in a virtual Dala Horse Carving Workshop. Here’s how they turned out:

Kim’s Dala Horse (Brand Marketing Director)

 

Jordan’s Dala Horse (Textile Designer)

 

Alisha’s Dala Horse (Assistant Textile & Graphic Designer)

 

Nicole’s Dala Horse (Director of Textiles & Graphics)

 

Emily’s Dala Horse (Creative Director)

 

Bryan’s Dala Horse (Assistant Designer)

 

Margie’s Dala Horse (Director of Design)

 

Want to see more fun activities like this? Follow us on Instagram @teacollection, and be sure to check out our latest styles inspired by Sweden.

Paper Dolls Activity

Portugal has a rich history with regional fashions to match. In this activity with Finding Stuff Club, design your own paper doll inspired by traditional Portuguese fashion. This paper doll set has a variety of outfits, each with its own story to tell. Let your imagination run wild while styling your paper dolls.

Supplies Needed: 

  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Scissors (ask an adult to help with the tricky parts!)

 

 

19th Century Bathing Costume Paper Doll

Sea bathing was introduced by wealthy Portuguese society in the late 18th century. Swimming costumes were very different from the bikinis of today! This bathing suit costume from the 1800s featured a “gown” with matching drawers (pants) and was made from wool! 

 

 

Estremadura Fish Seller Paper Doll

Estremadura is a western Spanish region bordering Portugal. The traditional garb of women in this coastal region was a layered delight, punctuated with a black hat, large feather, and scarves. Estremaduran women used to sell fish door-to-door in this outfit. Pretty neat!

 

 

Minho Traditional Folk Costume Paper Doll

Commonly seen at Portuguese festivals, this colorful costume originated in the northern region of Portugal known as Minho. Locals call the dress ‘Traje de Lavradeira.’

The costume is often seen in red when worn by younger women and blue when worn by an older or married woman. The skirt is full and vibrant, making it great for dancing!

 

Alentejo Farmer Costume Paper Doll

This very stylish outfit was worn by women who worked the fields in southern Portugal. Women needed the freedom of movement, so they tucked their cotton skirts at the waist or made them into pants. Colorful socks completed the look!

 

 

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram so we can see how you  styled your paper dolls! Stay tuned for more fun activities like this, and be sure to check out our latest collection inspired by Portugal.

 

Portugal Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes, finding connections to far-off places doesn’t require you to leave your home. Our friends at Finding Stuff Club created a fun, interactive Portugal-at-Home Scavenger Hunt featuring everyday items and Portugal-adjacent prompts. Plus, it doubles as a coloring sheet! 

Travel to Portugal this Memorial Day weekend from the comfort of your own home. No monk seals in your bathtub? No problem! Go ahead and get creative – look for pictures, words, or objects that match the images in the activity. 


What you’ll find in this Portugal-themed scavenger hunt:

 

Mediterranean Monk Seal: This critically endangered seal has a habitat in the Madeira Archipelago.

Sardines: Canned sardines are a common delicacy in Portugal.

Pear & Apple: Both are native to Portugal.

Books: Portugal is famous for its bookstores. In fact, the bookstore Livraria Lello was the inspiration for Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.

Lavender: The lavender is the national flower of Portugal.

Surfboard:  Ericeira, Peniche, and the Lisbon coast are three of the most famous surf spots. The entire continental coast of Portugal is known for its year round surf.

Soccer Ball: The superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, is from Portugal.

Ukulele: The ukulele was brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese.

Clamshell: Clamshells are most commonly found on the southern tip of Portugal, and are the most popular shellfish.

Sailboat: With a mild climate and warm sunshine, Portugal is a very popular destination for sailboats!

Whale: Whale sightings are common along the coast of Portugal.

 

Be sure to follow us @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram for more fun activities like this, and don’t forget to check out our latest collection inspired by Portugal here.

In Good Taste: Classic Peruvian Empanadas

Our author and chef friend Emiko Davies is back with another Peruvian-inspired recipe. She and her two daughters, Mariù (8) and Luna (2), show us how to make classic Peruvian empanadas, inspired by Peruvian chef and food writer, Nico Vera. Read on to get the exclusive recipe.

Peruvian Beef Empanadas

 

I have to admit I am not very familiar with Peruvian food, so I had to do a little research to try to find something fun that the girls could make with me. My girls in particular love making things with pastry, so when I found these beef empanadas, I knew they would be perfect for the kids. They get to roll, cut out shapes, and snack on the ingredients along the way (pro tip: if making this recipe with kids, prepare extra!).

I ended up following the directions for Peruvian empanadas by a Peruvian chef and food writer, Nico Vera (aka @piscotrail). In the words of Nico himself, “Empanadas are a vehicle for almost every savory Peruvian dish. If this is your first time making empanadas, you need to start with the classic — ground beef with olives and hard boiled eggs.” He very kindly gave me permission to share the recipe (and a promise to give me his best food tips for when I do make them in Peru one day!).

Note: We did not have currants on hand, so I left them out as I saw some other recipes leave them out. We also used whole, pitted olives for each empanada rather than slices.

Makes 12 empanadas

 

For the beef filling (sofrito):

 

3/4 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 cup beef stock
1/4 cup currants
1 bay leaf
3 pitted Kalamata olives, cut in quarters
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut into eight pieces

 

For the dough:

 

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (optional)
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup flour for rolling the dough

 

For the glaze:

 

1 egg
1 tablespoon cold water

 

To prepare the filling:

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare sofrito by sautéing onions and garlic in a skillet with oil over medium to high heat. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and sauté until onions are translucent. Mix in ground beef, stir, and continue to sauté until the beef begins to brown. Add 1/2 of the beef stock, currants, and bay leaf, and simmer until liquid is reduced. Add remaining beef stock, then continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced further. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and set aside to let cool.

 

To prepare the dough:

 

Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the salt, butter, white wine vinegar (if using), egg yolks, and mix well by hand. Add 5 tablespoons cold water and continue to mix and shape the dough. Add another 4 tablespoons cold water and continue to shape the dough until it forms a firm ball (add more water or flour if needed in order to obtain a dough that you can roll without being too sticky or dry). Let the ball rest (chill in fridge if it’s a warm day) for at least 15 minutes.

Transfer the ball of dough to a well-floured working surface. Roll the dough to about 1/10 of an inch, adding flour as needed. Cut 12 circles with a 6” round dough cutter.

 

Assembling and cooking the empanadas:

 

Scoop a heaping tablespoon of filling to the center of each dough circle. Add 1/8 of a hardboiled egg and 1/4 of an olive to each filling (we used whole olives).

Brush the edge of each dough circle with water. Fold the dough circle in half, then seal the edge by pressing firmly with your fingers and a fork (alternatively, you can fold the edge over in sections, pressing down each time). Assemble the empanadas in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick the top of each empanada with a fork, and brush each empanada with egg glaze.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Follow @emikodavies on Instagram for more recipes like this, and be sure to check out our new fall collection inspired by Peru.

The Rainbow Connection

You may remember author and chef @emikodavies, and her two daughters, Mariù (8) and Luna (2) from our Mediterranean collection. We forged a fast friendship in Greece and asked Emiko to photograph her girls at home in Florence. Not only did the girls chase rainbows in their own backyard—but also whipped some up in their kitchen! Read on to get her exclusive rainbow pancake recipe.

Rainbow Pancakes

Pancakes are usually our weekend treat, but I turned this into an afternoon activity that kept the girls busy playing with their food for hours! We experimented with natural colors – Luna loved swirling the colored batter together, which resulted in a few multi-colored pancakes towards the end.

Ingredients for the pancake batter:

1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons of melted butter (or ricotta)
1 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (optional)

For the colors:

Pink – Raspberry puree made by cooking 1 cup raspberries with a splash of orange juice (blood orange is even better if you have it!) for 5 minutes, then strain.

Orange-yellow – a teaspoon (or as needed) of turmeric powder.

Green – a teaspoon (or as needed) of matcha powder.

Blue-green – 3 teaspoons (or as needed) of spirulina powder.

Purple – 1 cup each of blackberries and blueberries, cooked together with a splash of water then strained. Keep the leftover fruit pulp to mix with icing sugar for the berry sauce to go on top!

Additional ingredients for decorations (optional):

Rainbow sprinkles or colorful fruit
3-4 tablespoons of icing sugar for berry sauce or maple syrup

Make the batter by placing the egg, half the milk, and the butter in a bowl; whisk until combined well. Add the flour and baking powder and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the milk and the vanilla until it becomes a smooth fluid. Separate the batter into 5 bowls. Add the colors a teaspoon at a time to see how strong they are. Add more color if you like (see important tips below on turmeric and matcha).

Using a non-stick pan over very low heat, cook small pancakes (about 3 tablespoons or so of batter) for a few minutes or until it lifts easily from the pan. Flip and cook the other side for about 30 seconds. You are looking for a pale pancake so that the color comes through nicely.

Stack and decorate the pancakes with sprinkles or colorful fruit. Finish by topping with berry sauce if using or maple syrup!

Important tips: Leaving sugar out of the batter will ensure a paler pancake that allows the natural colors to come through. Cook them over very low heat for the same reason. Being generous with baking powder (or the addition of a couple blobs of ricotta) to add some lift and fluffiness to the pancakes will let you see the color come through the sides, which is really where you get the best rainbow effect. Note that the turmeric and matcha have very strong, bitter flavors, so you may like to use less of them. While they may be more pale in color, they won’t be as strong in flavor. I personally love them (they would go down well as savory pancakes), but the kids didn’t! The berry and spirulina pancakes were a hit though!

Follow @emikodavies on Instagram for more recipes like this, and be sure to check out our new fall collection for equally colorful styles.

Activi-Teas for Curious Citizens!

 

Welcome aboard all curious little citizens of the world! This is the exciting new world of learning and exploring with us here at Tea. Each week we will bring you a list of fun, creative and educational Activi-Tea’s for you and your whole family. This is a place for us to stay not only connected to each other, but to the world! A big part of who we are is a global connection. Even though we can’t physically be in Ireland, Greece, Thailand or even a neighboring state. We can still be connected globally through so many different avenues. We have traveled the world to bring inspiration not only into our clothes but into our messaging and hopefully to each and every one of you. So, what a better way to start of our list than with an activity/coloring book combining designs and inspirations from all of our global destinations!
You can download and print right in your own home!

 Here you will find not only educational tools but games and puzzles too! Beautiful flowers, magical creatures, and scavengers hunts await! From sharks to lions, we have the whole world right at your fingertips.  

 Please share your drawings and adventures with us! We want to share with you just as much as you share with us. Please tag us on IG, email us pictures or even feel free to send us snail mail too! Use the #activiteas and #teamakesfriends to let us follow along on your journey!

 Happy learning and happy exploring!

Download the Activity Book  here TeaCollection-ActivityBook