Honduras: Mayans, Weaving, & Plantains
Do you want to know more about Honduras? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Honduras on a map, cook a Honduran meal, watch YouTube clips on Honduras, color the flag, create a Honduran craft, read a great book about Honduras, and more!
Where is Honduras?
Locate Honduras on this map of North America. Use this map of Honduras to label the capitol, Tegucigalpa/Tegus. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras.
Fun Facts About Honduras
Honduras is also known as the Banana Republic because it grows and exports a large amount of bananas. The term "Banana Republic" was first applied to Honduras by the American writer O. Henry.
In Yoro there is the phenomenon of fish rain (lluvia de peces). Fish literally fall from the sky!
The cathedral in Comayagua has the oldest clock in the Americas.
Trujillo is believed to be the place where the first Mass was celebrated in the Americas.
In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children also receive gifts on September 10, The Day of the Honduran Child.
With the amount of coral reefs that are in the Bay Islands, Honduras is the second country in the world with more coral reef. Australia is the only country with more.
Make a Honduran Meal
Prepare and eat Honduras-Style Tilapia, cole slaw salad (shredded cabbage, a few slices of carrots, & a light oil/vinegar/sugar dressing), tortillas (purchase corn tortillas from the store if you are short on time), baked "fried" plantains, and Coke.
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: 4-6
- 1 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 lbs tilapia fillets
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour (or bread crumbs)
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- In a small bowl, mix together all dry spices. Sprinkle seasonings evenly over both sides of tilapia fillets. (This can be done hours before you are ready to cook the fillets). In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sautÃ© garlic and onions until just tender. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs. In another shallow bowl, season the flour (or bread crumbs) to taste with salt and pepper. Working with only a few pieces at a time, dip seasoned fillets in flour, then in beaten eggs, then again in flour. Saute the fillets in the seasoned oil for 2 minutes on each side, adding more oil if needed. Remove to a plate to keep warm and repeat the process until all fillets are cooked. Serve immediately. (This recipe came from food.com.)
- Prep time: 45 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 55 min
- Yields: 8-10
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup shortening or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- Put flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Mix the shortening or oil into the flour mixture until it forms pea-size balls. Add the lukewarm water, a little at a time, until the dough is soft and pliable. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, for 1 to 2 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let it "rest" for 30 minutes. Knead dough and form 8 to 10 balls. Roll them out as thin and round as possible. Preheat an ungreased griddle or cast-iron frying pan. Cook tortillas on griddle one at a time, flipping when a bubble forms (less than a minute). Put cooked tortillas in a plastic bag until ready to serve, to keep them warm and soft. (This recipe came from food.com.)
- (Note: These are not authentic corn tortillas like what would be served in Honduras, but they were easier for us to make. If you are short on time, you could simply purchase corn tortillas from the grocery store and heat them up in the microwave for about 20 seconds.)
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 20 min
- Yields: 4
Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)
- 4 plantains (as ripe as you can get them)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel them. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange in single layer and coat tops with cooking spray. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Mayan "Weaved" Shirt
Our Two Favorite Children's Picture Books About Honduras
This 32 page picture book tells how a young girl in Honduras learned about sustainable farming, and how it changed the lives of her and her family.
This 32 page picture book is a creation myth from the Mayans who lived in Honduras. It is interesting to compare it to the creation account in Genesis.
Pray for the people of Honduras
To find out about the religious nature of Honduras and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.
Visiting Honduras on YouTube
Have you visited Honduras yet?
Where is Tegucigalpa/Tegus, the capital of Honduras?
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Ready to visit other countries?
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