Category Archives: Cooking

Speaking: Describing a Dish

Happy New Year to everybody! I am back!!! Hard to get started once again after this longish holiday. It’s been eight days now since we have let 2014 in and it is time we get down to some serious work, don’t you think?

Talking in class about food related things after some huge binge eating and drinking is not precisely what appeals to me most, but unfortunately I cannot choose.
This is an activity I am going to do with my Elementary students after some serious work practising food vocabulary.

The activity is simple. The students are sitting in pairs, one student facing the board and the other with his back to the board. Using the OHP, a picture of a popular dish is displayed. Now, the person seeing the picture has to describe it in as much detail as possible, talking about its ingredients and the way it is cooked and the other person has to guess the dish. Allow them two or three minutes and then display another picture for the other student to do the same. Below are some slides with the  dishes that I am going to use.

Some useful vocab they are likely to use

Nouns: pan, cinnamon, olives, tuna, blood sausage,

Verbs: to beat eggs, to fry, to boil, to add,  to stir with a spoon,to slice (apples)

Halloween Party Video

Now, I promise this will be the last post about Halloween but I took some nice pictures of our Halloween party at the high school and I wanted to show you how much fun we had and how hard students worked; because not only did they spookily decorate our common room and prepared the games for the party but , they also cooked delicious creepy dishes,which I’m afraid are right now sitting comfortably around my hips.
Anyways , thank you guys for making our Halloween celebration a big creepy crawly success!!!
Enjoy the video!!!!!

What to learn: a funny way to revise

I have found this site only today and I can’t wait to share it with you. It has lots of interactive exercises although most of the published games won’t be of any use to you as they deal with Maths, History and some other subjects.
But it has some games devoted to spelling and this is where you can do a lot of practice. I especially like the game  below these lines because it trains your ears too. If you feel it’s too easy for you , you can always click here and choose a harder level or play hangman or whatever you fancy.

This site also allows me to create my own interactive games and I’ve decided to try the hangman game first and see what it looks like….  awesome!!! Come on ..what are you waiting for??? Play the game  and guess the word before Grandma is abducted by aliens..  Target language : Sports. Level: Pre-intermediate

Halloween: right around the corner!

I’m not a great fan of Halloween . I don’t like spooky things and I don’t like seeing people ,even kids ,dressed up as witches, skeletons…and all that stuff. But I have to admit that globalization has made it difficult for us, Spaniards, not to get a bit  carried away by the   funny side of this tradition, namely the Jack O’lanterns , the fake dusty cobwebs, the treat or trick stuff  etc, etc…. Thanks God my children are not asking me to dress up the front  of my house with scary skulls and burning skeletons, yet!!

Anyway , on the funny side are these delicious dishes , ranging from gory to creepy, you can surprise your family with.

On the serious side you can also do something. Follow the link below to read and also listen to some facts about Halloween  .

Have a spooky Halloween!!!

Recipes :

Recipe: Spaghetti with Vegetables

Kindly written by Ana Rebollo

• 400 g spaghetti
• 4 tomatoes, cut in half
• ½ cup sliced courgettes
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 red pepper, chopped
• 1 green pepper, chopped
• ½ cup vegetable stock
• 1 teaspoon salt
• thyme
• pepper

• In a pot of boiling water add 1 teaspoon of salt and cook the spaghetti until al dente. Then, remove the pot from the fire. After that, drain and set aside.
• While the spaghetti is boiling, chop the onion, the red and green pepper the tomatoes and then slice the courgette.
• In a saucepan over medium heat, add ½ cup vegetable stock. When it´s boiling, first add the onion and after a few minutes add the pepper, courgette and the tomatoes and continue cooking for about 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
• Scatter the sauce over the pasta and serve.

Recipe: Spanish Omelette

I was racking my brains about what to do to make you use and study the new vocabulary related to food we have been learning in class when divine inspiration knocked on my door and it suddenly dawned on me, always on the search for new recipes, to ask you to write one… but not just any recipe but a recipe that would make anybody ‘s mouth drool . Now, I know some of you are going to say ….”but teacher I don’t know how to cook” so what? Better late than never!! Ask at home, parents , grandparents ..I’m sure they have a wonderful recipe to share , maybe in the end you’ll thank me for rescuing that wonderful recipe your grandmother used to cook for you.

My favourite dish is Spanish Omelette and this is the recipe I’m going to share with you as I’ve been the proud winner of the I Spanish Omelette Cooking Contest of my hometown

You’ll need. (serves 4) · 6-7 medium potatoes, peeled
· 1 spring onion
· 6 large eggs
· 2-3 cups of olive oil for pan frying
· Salt to taste
· Baking Powder

Cut the peeled potatoes into thin slices. Peel and chop the onion into small cubes. Salt onions and potatoes to taste.
In a large non-stick frying pan heat the oil (the oil should almost cover the potatoes). When it is hot enough ,place and spread the potatoes and the onion into the frying pan.The key if for this mixture to cook very gently so you might need to turn down the heat slightly. Stir from time to time with a slotted spoon. You will know that it is cooked when you poke a piece of potato with the spoon and it easily breaks in two. Place the mixture into a bowl removing as much oil as you can.
Now, crack the eggs into a bowl ,add a small spoon of baking powder and beat them with a fork. Pour into the potato onion mixture and mix together with a large spoon.
Now, pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the frying pan. Heat it. Pour the mixture and spread it evenly. Allow the egg to cook around the edges. When the mixture has browned on the bottom, you are ready to turn it over to cook the other side. Place a plate (about the size of the pan) upside down over the frying pan to cover top and quickly turn the frying pan over and the omelette will fall onto the plate. Then. Slide the omelette into the frying pan and let it cook for as long as needed. And you’re done!! Enjoy your nice meal!!

Knit Night Cupcakes

I’ve been willing to show this gorgeous recipe for some time. Recipe? Shall I call it recipe? Well, I should say it is more like an amazing display of imagination by the talented Lolo. You can find in her here . She is a vegan so you might not like some of her recipes but I am sure there are some you’d like to try.
So ,here are some photos of what I was telling you above. Wouldn’t you like to surprise your family with one of those? If you ever try, please let me know or .. on second thoughts, send some.

Awesome!!!! Now you can see her in this clip showing viewers how to do them on the Martha Stewart Show.

A Pirate Cake

I sometimes wonder when my passion for cooking started and I cannot truly say but it cannot be a very long time ago as I remember when I left home to go to university I didn’t even know how to fry an egg (well, maybe I knew how to fry an egg but certainly not how to cook rice) and then when I got married and didn’t have children I cooked rice on Monday and then I spent the whole week eating it (my husband wasn’t eating at home, lucky him !I should say and he might think). My husband was so encouraging that if you ask my friends about the early stages of my cooking they will surely tell you about a cheese cake I took to a dinner party. When they tried to eat the cake it was so uneatable they didn’t know what to do . I had just realized they were all chewing very slowly when my husband said. “Well, this is very nice , indeed !” And all of them burst out laughing. This is something they keep reminding me every now and then.Anyway, this is the birthday cake I did for my son’s birthday. I hope it gives you an idea if you have a kid’s birthday coming soon. You only need a bit of imagination and a lot of love.
This is how I did it. I bought a round three-layer cake at the supermarket and cut it down at the center. I glued the layers together with some sort of chocolate mousse and cut the bottom of these layers to make it sit level (you don’t want it rocking while you are decorating it). Finally , I covered with chocolate icing and the rest is up to your vivid imagination.


Cooking is one of my passions although I have to confess I’m not as good at it as family and friends tend to believe. Today I’m going to show you how to bake one of my favourite British recipes “Scones”. Bur first of all, where does the word “scone” come from?

This Scottish QUICK BREAD is said to have taken its name from the Stone of Destiny (or Scone), the place where Scottish kings were once crowned. The original form was triangular-shaped and it was made with oats and griddle-baked. Today’s versions are more often flour-based and baked in the oven. They come in various shapes including triangles, rounds, squares and diamonds and you may add raisins, cheese, walnut…

Golden Scones Recipe:
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g soft magarine
25g soft brown sugar
1 tbsp of golden syrup or honey
1 egg + milk
Preheat oven to 220-deg. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
(A) Put flour and baking powder in a bowl, add magarine and rub it in with your fingertips till the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
(B) In a separate bowl, crack egg into a measure, lightly beat it and then make up to 150ml with milk. Beat thoroughly egg mixture, sugar and syrup till well-blended.
Stir in (A) into (B) to a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured table, knead lightly and then roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut into rounds with a cutter to make an approx. 10-12 scones. Place them, spaced, onto a large baking sheet; brush the tops with a lil milk and bake for about 10 minutes or till golden brown. Remove scones and leave to cool on a wire rack!
A suggestion..? They are just lovely with clotted cream and strawberry jam if you don’t mind the calories. Anyway, let me know if you ever make up your mind to try them.