A fun addition to our study of world cuisine has been postcards from around the world. It’s easy to get your students receiving postcards by joining the Postcrossing community.
Postcrossing is a community that enables anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world. Sign up is simple and you are able to create a profile describing your postcard interests.
There is not currently a way for classrooms to join, but you can specify that you are a teacher/class in your profile. This is addressed in the FAQ section where teacher profile examples are given. Here is my profile.
Hello! I am a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (Home Economics) and live in rural Iowa in the Midwest United States with my husband and two dogs.
I LOVE food packaging. My favorite postcard is just a piece of cardboard food package from your favorite snack or drink.
If you’re not sure what to write (because I never am), you can tell me about your favorite food. It would be interesting to share with my Culinary Arts students.
After signing up and making a profile, click that you are ready to send a card. A profile and address are given to you. Each postcard has a registration number. When someone receives a postcard and registers the number, your address is put in the system to be sent a postcard.
With my profile description, I have received great postcards. A big highlight was a postcard from Bremen, Germany describing a dish called “Grunkohl.”
My family has been eating kale long before it became a health craze. A favorite dish is kale cooked with bacon ends, onions, and oatmeal. We call it “Grandma Kramer Kale” and it has always been a staple green in our home. You can find the recipe here on my mom’s blog.
After researching what exactly “Grunkohl” is, I realized it is the actual name for “Grandma Kramer Kale.” What an interesting connection! I hope your students also are able to make interesting culinary connections using Postcrossing.