Social issues/ project : Eating Habits by HZPSpuY5


									Social issues/ project : Eating Habits

Sponsored by :students of grade 10 from        Ibn
Khaldoun high school l,MOROCCO.

Supervised by:MIFDAL Bouchaib

Dear learning circle partners,

I am Mifdal Bouchaib from Morocco.I and my students
would like to sponsor a project about eating habits.we
would like you to share with us your eating habits in an
attempt to understand and explore each other culture better.
We would like you to answer the questions in the following

1-what time do you eat? Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

2-when do you have the main meal of the day? at lunch time
/ in the evening

3-How many courses do you have in your meal?
   (appetizer ,main course, dessert, other)

4-How often do you eat....? Please choose a number for every
 (4=every day 3=once a week 2=once a month 1=never )

 *green vegetables
 *frozen food
 *fresh food
 *food from other countries

5-How often do you eat out? Usually, sometimes , rarely ,

6-Do you on a diet? regularly, hardly ever , never

7-Do you take vitamin supplements? usually, sometimes ,

8-Do you eat between meals? always, often, rarely , never

9-Do you spend a lot on food? Yes / No. If yes, how much?

We are looking forward to your responses, which we will
gather and come up with important information. We would
appreciate very much if you would include a note on how to
make your favorite snack (local recipe) and the name of your
community. We will write a report about your eating habits
and send it to every school in this learning circle.

We hope our project would be interesting and a great fun.
Thank you.

MIFDAL Bouchaib and His Students.

Ibn Khaldoun High School, El Jadida,



From Nesreen to Eating Habits ( Mifdal)……

This is some of our eating habits …I and my student did a
discussion then we decided to write this answers to your

Our breakfast is at 9am, lunch between 2 and 3 pm, dinner
half past 8.
We have the main meal of the day at lunch time

Meat and vegetables are our courses.

We often eat....?
 (4=every day 3=once a week 2=once a month 1=never )
 sandwiches 3 *potatoes 3
  *green vegetables 4
  *pasta 2
  *meat 4
  *fish 2
  *salad 4
  *frozen food 2
  *fresh food 4
  *food from other countries 2

We often eat out sometimes.

I hardly ever on a diet.

We take vitamin supplements sometimes.

We rarely eat between meals.

We do not spend a lot on food.

We prefer to eat from all kinds to keep our bodies healthy,
because every kind has it’s benefits. Although to gather all
kinds of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, mineral salts and

Iman,Manaf,Waell and Mohanad from Syria.


Iman Batikha, Moutafaweqeen, Syria for         Mifdal Eating

 This is the first time we share the Eating habits project.
 We will tell u about what u have to do when u want to eat.

   1. Before eating, we should wash our hands.
   2. Say in the name of Allah at the very beginning.
   3.Eat with the right hand.
   4. Have a good seat.
   5. Eat only if you are hungry.
   6. Eat slowly and chew well.
   7. We shouldn't say I don't like this and that.
   8. We should show that we have enjoyed the meal.
   9. Try not to add too much salt and pepper.
   10. Don't eat too much or u will get fat.
   11. Put in your dish what u can finish eating.
   12. Don't speak with ur mouth full of food.
   13. Don't look at the others eating on the table.
   14. Don't have a drink an hour after the end of the meal.
   15. Thank Allah at the end of the meal.
   16. Don't forget to thank ur mother for the delicious meal.
   17. Take ur plate to the kitchen and wash it when you have
   18. Don't eat dessert before bedtime.
   19. But the most important thing is not to eat junk food.

 I wish u interest our culture habits.
 We will send the answers of the questions u write at the
other response.

   Good luck for everyone.

Nesreen, Syria

From :PS173 ,queens New York
Hello we are the fifth-graders of PS173 of Queens New York
and we also eat in a certain way. Maybe we don't have rules
but in a way we have our own customs. Some habits we have
are very different or very similar to yours.

  1-We set the table for everyone to enjoy and serve
   2- Then prior to the meal we pray to Our Lord, The Father
  and thank him for this delicious food
   3- We enjoy our meal and eat until we cant eat any more!
   4- We hydrate our meal with some juice or cola cola.
   5-We clean our area then leave the table and enjoy the rest
  of the day.
  Thank You for considering to read my message and it was
  nice talking to you Bye!!


To the attention of Fran Dryer's students ,

 Dear friends in New York,

  Hello.I am Mifdal From Morocco.This is just to clarify some
points in the instructions given by Nesreen from Syria.You
asked about the identity of ALLAH.ALLAH is the name of
the god in Islam,and mentioning the name of Allah before and
after eating has the objective to thank God for providing us
with food.Eating with the right hand is just a convention ,I am
not sure if it is a religious regulation .As for the seat,I think
she meant to sit comfortably.To make a comment on food
should be positive even not true in order not to offend the
I hope you find my answers satisfying and I am sure our
collegue Nesreen who wrote those instructions will give
better responses.

Have a good day.

Mifdal from Morocco


Dear Mifdal,
We appreciate your prompt answers to our questions. We find
that the customs of others are interesting. They do not reflect
things that we are familiar with as our daily process. We have
very lax culture. I like the fact that you are kind and
considerated to the cook in the house and have good manners.
 Your answers helped to clarify our curiousity and we will
continue to research about your daily customs.
 Queens New York

To Mifdal & Students for your eating
habits project

1. I eat breakfast at 6:45 am, lunch around 12:00, and dinner
around 7:00 pm . Breakfast I eat alone,       lunch with friends
if I am at school and dinner I usually eat with my family.

2. I eat the main meal of the day at dinner. We usually eat
something like salad, some kind of meat or fish and 2 or three
vegetables (my parents like us to eat healthy), sometimes we
have dessert and coffee or tea after dinner, especially if we
have my grandparents or friends over for dinner.

3. We usually eat a salad course and a main meal. Because we
eat a little late we often have an appetizer as we prepare dinner
and talk about our day. In my family, everyone that is at home
usually helps prepare some part of the evening meal.
4. Sandwiches 4
   Potatoes 3
   Green vegetables 4
    Pasta 3
    Meat 3
    Fish 2
   Salad 4
   Frozen food 2
   Fresh food 4
   Food from other countries 3

5. Our family usually eats out about once a week and it ranges
from pizza to a nicer restaurant. Pizza will cost about $US 25
for a family of 5 and a nicer meal can cost $US 50 – 100 for a
family of 5.

6. I never diet, but try to eat healthy foods with some candy or
fast food every once in a while.

7. I usually take a multi-vitamin.

8. I often eat between meals.

9. Yes, I spend a lot on food about $US 15 for snacks at
school. Other food is purchased and paid for by my parents.
Community: Fall River

Favorite snack: microwave popcorn, Swedish fish
(candy), ice cream, and cookies

A recipe for my favorite cookies that I like to bring to my
friend’s house for parties is:

Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies
(Quantity = About 80 cookies)

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 ½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
 * 1 teaspoon cinnamon **

Part I

1I. Cream the butter, then gradually add the sugar, beating
until light.

2I. Add the egg, vanilla, and buttermilk, and beat thoroughly.

3I. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder and cinnamon
together, add to the first mixture, and blend well.

4I. Refrigerate at least two hours.
Part II

1II. Preheat oven to 350°F(180°C)

2II. Roll 1/8 inch thick on floured board.

3II.Cut into shapes.

4II.Arrange on baking sheet 1 inch apart.

5II. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

6II. Let cool slightly on cookie sheet.

7II. Transfer to cooling rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar
while still warm.

I hope you like the cookies & good luck with your project.


To Mifdal & Students for Eating Habits

One final response and recipe for your project.

1. I eat breakfast at about 7 AM, Lunch at about 12 (noon) and
supper at 6pm
2. My main meal of the day is in the evening, except on the
weekend when we have a really big lunch meal on Sunday and
a really big breakfast on Saturday.

3. Every day we have just a main course, but on the weekends
or special meals we have appetizer, soup, salad, main meal,&
dessert. We do not usually eat this many courses because it
would be alot of food to prepare and so much food to eat that
we would all get very fat.

4. sandwiches 4;
  potatoes, 3 (actually about 3 times week)
  green vegetables 4
  pasta 3 (about 3 times per week)
  meat 4
  fish 3
  salad 4
  frozen food 2
  fresh food 4
  food from other countries 4

5. We eat out about 2 or three time per week - it is still a
special treat to get to go out to eat.

6. I diet so I don't get too fat. Usually this just means no junk
food, candy, soda or dessert.

7. Yes I take vitamins because my doctor tells me to take them
to keep healthy.

8. I do not usually eat between meals. Once in a while a piece
of fruit or some crackers if I am really starving.

9. My family spends about $100 per week buying food at the
grocery store.

One favorite snack at my house is S'mores. You need graham
crackers, marshmallows and some chocolate candy bar. These
are best if you toast the marshmallow over a camp fire and
smush it between two crackers with a piece of chocolate (kind
of like a marshmallow and chocolate sandwich). If you don;t
have a camp fire handy, you can place a graham cracker on a
plate with a marshmallow on top, put into the microwave for
about 15 seconds, top with chocolate piece of candy and
second cracker and eat. Very yummy, but be careful not to
burn your tongue on the hot marshmallow .

I am sending you this message from Fall River which is in the
USA in Massachusetts.

Good luck with your project.

Jennifer, grade 7

Kathryn age 13, Grade 8


 Linda , St Michael school
Dear Mifdal:

I am sorry not to have replied sooner to your post .

The information you have provided is very helpful and we
appreciate your help with our project.

One question about the cost of the bread. Is that in your
currency or converted to American dollars?

We are continuing to work on additional responses to your
project and will send them in the next week.

We are switching our school computer lab over to new
computers. This is very exciting, but waiting for the
networking to be completed is causing our computer lab to be
shut down.

Hope all is well in Morocco. We are starting to plant our
spring flowers and early spring vegetables in our garden. The
students are beginning to wear sandals and shorts and we are
able to play our favorite sports like soccer and baseball. It is
much more fun to play these sports outside.

We like to cook outside in the warm weather and many
families have gas grills for having cookouts.Do you use gas
grills to cook on in Morocco?

We also have alot of picnics when the weather is nice where
we pack a cooler full of food and visit a local park and eat
outside. We usually have sandwiches or salads, sometimes
hamburgers or hotdogs and potato chips. For dessert we like to
have cookies and cupcakes because they are easy to eat
outside. We like to drink water, soda, iced tea or lemonade.
We also like to eat watermelon for dessert.

WBS (write back soon )

Your friends at St. Michael's School


                               Our responses to our

According to the data collected by my students concerning the
questionnaire about eating habits, we have come up with the
following conclusions:

1-Generally speaking , on school or work days people in
Morocco have breakfast at 7: 00; lunch at 12:45,dinner at
20:30.On weekends,there is a one or two hours change.

2-Our main meal is certainly lunch. Dinner is not given a big
importance .

3-We usually have a salad as an appetizer,then the main
course and often fruit for the dessert.

4-Sandwiches are almost a daily habit especially in the
evening.Vegetables and potatoes are included in our meals.
chicken and meat are alternatively consumed.We eat a lot of
food from other countries .
5-We sometimes eat out.

6-we are hardly aware of the impotance of going on a diet.

7-Vitamin supplements are taken only when necessary.

8-we usually eat between meals.

9-People spend a lot on food.

Moroccan cooking and famous dishes

A Moroccan meal is a whole ceremonial. the art of presenting
a meal involves first hospitality.In general, the setting in
which you you are hosted is a reception room furnished with
divans along the walls bearing pillows for a comfortable
seating,carpets on the floor,and low tables within reach.A
person comes in with an aiguière,a basin, a bar of soap , and a
towel.He offers the guests to wash their hands before they eat
.Dishes are served in a specific order.

Couscous is the national dish .It is prepared every Friday at
lunchtime.It is generally composed of wheat semolina
steamed over a stew of lamb or chicken accompanied with
vegetables and garbanzo beans .Couscous is tradionally eaten
with the fingers,though presently the use of spoons is
becoming more and more common.

Harira is a thick soup with small meat cubes,lentils,garbanzo
beans,tomatoes,and exotic spices specific to this dish.
Tea, the national drink ,is served in glasses at all times and
everywhere.It has mint flavour ,is very sweet, and is
sometimes seasoned with orange –tree blossoms.

 We hope you have enjoyed reading about our project and
have learnt and witnessed how different the eating habits are
in the world .In fact they tell us a lot about cultures and
peoples ‘lifestyles.
It has been a pleasure to work collaboratively with you. We
have spent great moments in your company. Thank you.

To sum up, I would like to express my heart felt obligation to
our facilitators, BARRY and MINOO who were generous to
offer all kinds of help throughout this course. Great thanks are
also due to our Moroccan iEARN coordinator, Mourad
BenAli, for offering me this opportunity to explore the
magnificent world of IEARN.

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