Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 30

Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 30 talks about partitioned countries: Palestine and India. We worked on this chapter the week of Thanksgiving, so the recommended cooking project fit. I decided to make a gluten free cake about partitioning Palestine.

Two sides of cake with peanut butter M&Ms

Two cake layers with peanut butter M&Ms

For the first time in my life, I bought candied cherries. I did not even know they existed. My husband warned me they did not taste good, but I was determined to try them. After all, the recommendations discussed using M&Ms instead and how that would be an inferior option.

The kids and I tried the candied cherries and my husband laughed out loud as we all ran to the trash can to spit them out. So now I have a dilemma: what to do with all these candied cherries, green and red?

Partitioning Palestine Cake

Partitioning Palestine Cake

Fruit cake, you say? My kids let me know they will not even try it. Anyway, we had fun with it. If you know anybody who can use these candied cherries, let me know soon. Otherwise I plan on throwing them away in a few days.

Candied cherries

Candied cherries – try at your own risk

My husband got me the peanut butter M&Ms and I used green ones for Palestine and blue ones for Israel. They were delicious, but they sank to the bottom of the cake. I had to pick them from the bottom of the pan and insert them back in the slots they left behind in the cake. Plus, they sort of lost their color.

What matters though is that the kids got the idea. You cannot artificially partition a country and expect all inhabitants to be happy.

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