Q. I’m a preschool teacher in West Des Moines, Ia. We are going to do a theme about Alaska this coming winter. We would like some ideas on special snacks children eat which are just known in Alaska. Also, any science experiments known to Alaskan children. I work with 3 yr olds. Thank you. -Heather
A. I am so sorry, Heather, that I let a big space happen between the start of this web site and my current resumption. I should be on top of things from now on. When you say ‘this coming winter’ I am not sure if you mean the winter of 05-06 or the one now coming up – 06/07.
The two foods which come to mind immediately are: Squaw Candy and Eskimo Ice Cream. Squaw Candy is smoked dried strips of salmon fillet; sometimes also called salmon candy, salmon jerky or dry fish. It is really tasty.
Eskimo Ice Cream is a mixture of berries beaten up with seal oil and fresh snow. Sometimes shortening, sugar, and raisins are added. Recipes vary a bit from region to region.
How many kids do you have in class? If it is not too late for your Alaska study, I would be happy to send you a small sample for each of Squaw Candy. I would need a mailing address. I think it would be too hard to send you Eskimo Ice Cream! If it is not too late for your Alaska study, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can do for you. Thanks for writing. -BJ