A Simple But Scrummy Way How To Cook Poached Eggs

Do You Know How To Cook Poached Eggs?

We love eggs! We are always looking for different simple but scrummy recipes to enjoy this food that is so full of goodness.

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Today, we are going to share with you a really simple way to make scrummy poached eggs.

We have tried a few methods:

1. Using these Egg Poaching Moulds (available from most kitchen shops). You simply grease the moulds, add the eggs and put in boiling water. It is quite easy but we do not think the eggs are the best texture once cooked. (ie. they aren’t very delicate)

How To Cook Poached Eggs

Poached Egg Moulds

2. Adding vinegar to boiling water and stirring the eggs around, as seen on the Hairy Bikers series. This method can work but it is a lot trickier than it sounds!

So, Let Us Show You How To Cook Poached Eggs in a Simple but Scrummy Way … ie. À La Jamie Oliver

A Simple But Scrummy Way How To Cook Poached Eggs

Step One

 

Step One:

Lightly oil a strip of cling film and carefully line a small glass or cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple But Scrummy Way How To Cook Poached Eggs

Step Two

 

Step Two:

Carefully break an egg into

the cling film lined glass

 

 

 

 

 

How To Cook Poached Eggs

Step Three

 

 

Step Three:

Form a bag with the cling film, ensuring there are no holes and then secure the top, using a bread tie or elastic band.

 

 

 

 

How To Cook Poached Eggs

Step Four

 

 

Step Four:

Cook the eggs in a saucepan of boiling water for approximately three minutes, until you see that all the egg white is solid. Remove from the water using a large spoon.

 

 

 

Step Five:

Snip open the cling film and serve your perfectly runny poached eggs with your favourite accompaniments. Eat and enjoy 🙂

 

So there you have it, our tried and tested, best way How To Cook Poached Eggs. Do you have any other Tips and Tricks to share?

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5 Razones por las Cuales Nuestro Libro de Recetas Hace el Aprendizaje de Idiomas Divertido

En Cooking With Languages, nuestro objetivo es hacer que aprender idiomas sea divertido. Nuestra misión es animar a que más niños quieran aprender idiomas. Nuestro primer libro de recetas, diseñado para niños aprendiendo inglés y español, está lleno de actividades para aprender idiomas. Hay muchas razones por las cuales nuestro libro es genial y os ayudará, a ti y a los más pequeños, a aprender idiomas.

Aprendizaje de Idiomas

Aquí 5 Razones por las Cuales Nuestro Libro de Recetas Hace el Aprendizaje de Idiomas Divertido:

 

5¡Todo el contenido está en inglés y en español!

Una de las cosas geniales sobre nuestro libro de recetas es el hecho que todo el contenido está tanto en inglés como en español. Esto permite que los niños puedan leer las recetas en ambos idiomas y aprendan muchas palabras y frases nuevas. A la par, los más pequeños aprenderán la estructura de las frases en ambos idiomas, ayudándoles a hablar como nativos, casi sin dares cuenta.

Poder ver el contenido en ambos idiomas realmente ayuda a entender como los nativos de ambos idiomas se expresan y como estructuran las frases: todos los idiomas funciona de distintas formas, así que esto es una fantástica forma de entender como estos dos idiomas son usados.

4¡Recetas Simples y Deliciosas!

Poder leer las recetas en ambos idiomas es fantástico pero lo que es realmente importante es que el contenido es genial y realmente aporta mucho contenido con el cual aprender. No solo ofrecemos deliciosas recetas que todo el mundo amará, también ofrecemos textos bien estructurados, con mucho vocabulario que será útil y que los más pequeños aprenderán fácilmente. Las palabras y oraciones han sido mantenidas sencillas per naturales para que los pequeños lo puedan entender y recordar con facilidad.

Nuestro objetivo es pasarlo bien mientras aprendes idiomas y nuestro libro de recetas realmente ofrece eso. Nuestras recetas no son solo deliciosas sino que también son fáciles y divertidas de preparar.

Así que, si quieres pasar un buen rato con tus hijos mientras preparas recetas simples y deliciosas y aprendéis idiomas juntos, ¡este libro de recetas es para ti!

3Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja: ¡Nuestros Divertidos Asistentes!

Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja son nuestros asistentes en la cocina (y en clase). Están aquí para ayudarte con nuestras recetas y con tu aprendizaje de idiomas.

El diseño de los personajes es simplemente genial, son divertidos y perfectos para los más pequeños. Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja definitivamente captarán la atención de los pequeños y harán que quieran cocinar, jugar y empezar a aprender idiomas. Los niños adoran los dibujos animados y Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja son, definitivamente, los personajes perfectos para ayudar y guiar a los peques mientras aprenden idiomas. ¿Qué niño no quiere un buen amigo que les ayude?

NOTA: Estamos desarrollando más apps que permitan a los niños conocer mejor a los asistentes y poder preguntarles cómo se pronuncian ciertas palabras.

2¡Un Montón de Juegos y Actividades con las que Practicar!

Tener mucho contenido del cual aprender es genial, evidentemente, pero la mayor parte de nuestro proceso de aprendizaje ocurre cuando tenemos que pensar y razonar la respuesta a una pregunta y es por eso que nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un montón de juegos y actividades. Estas actividades permiten que los niños puedan practicar y fortalecer todo lo que han aprendido leyendo y hablando mientras preparan nuestras simples y deliciosas recetas.

Nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un gran abanico de actividades para que los pequeños se lo pasen bien mientras cocinan. Con nuestras actividades y la ayuda de Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja, aprenderán vocabulario nuevo en el idioma objetivo para que, algún día, puedan hablar como nativos.

6 Trucos Para Ganar Confianza Hablando Idiomas Extranjeros

1¡Ilustraciones Fantásticas!

Siempre se dice que no deberíamos juzgar un libro por la portada pero, evidentemente, la primera cosa que ves cuando coges un libro es, de hecho, la portada… y nuestro libro de recetas tiene una portada fantástica. Muestra parte de las ilustraciones que encontrarás dentro e introduce a nuestros asistentes. Todas las imágenes e ilustraciones en el libro son animadas, divertidas y llenas de color.

Cuando enseñas a niños pequeños, lo más importante es que no vean los libros como algo aburrido. Tener divertidas ilustraciones en las páginas del libro definitivamente hará que los más peques quieran mirar y usar el libro.

Las imágenes e ilustraciones usadas en nuestro libro de recetas tienen el propósito de facilitar la tarea de aprender idiomas a los más pequeños: la mayoría del vocabulario está acompañado por una imagen para que el aprendiz entienda lo que significa la palabra rápidamente. Esta técnica permitirá a los niños empezar a pensar en el idioma objetivo ya que no estarán aprendiendo palabras traduciéndolas  de vuestro idioma nativo. Estarán creando nuevos atajos en su mente lo cual, en el futuro, les ayudará a hablar como nativos.

La mejor forma de aprender es pasándolo bien y entreteniendo a los estudiantes con buen contenido. Nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un contenido fantástico y horas de diversión así que es fantástico para aprender idiomas. ¿No estás de acuerdo?

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You Don’t Need To Be Gifted To Learn A Foreign Language!

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For some people, the ability to speak more than one language is almost taken for granted. For others, the desire to learn a foreign language is something that teases and taunts them throughout their lives.

 

I believe that too much emphasis is placed on thinking that certain individuals are “gifted” when it comes to language learning. On the same note, I also believe that too many who learn a foreign language are not credited for the effort they put in.

 

[bctt tweet=”Like with most aspects in life, if you want to, and you make the effort, you can!”]

 

Language learning requires:

  • time
  • dedication
  • opportunity
  • motivation
  • a language plan
  • a big dose of confidence!

 

I have been lucky to grow up learning languages. Maybe not as many as I may have liked. I am intrigued by people who speak exotic languages, rather than my run of the mill English, Spanish and French. However, my language acquisition was a result of my education, travels and family life.

 

Born in England, I am fortunate to have English as my mother tongue. At school, I studied basic French and German and went on to study French at A level. I then went on to study a Degree in European Business, 2 years of which was spent in France.

 

Despite a half hearted attempt at Spanish O’ level, my knowledge of Spanish has been self-taught. Over twenty years in Spain has provided me with one of the best classrooms anybody can hope for.

One of our main reasons for choosing to live in Spain was the gift we could offer our children.

The gift of a second language.

I am proud to say that I am mother to two beautiful bilingual children.

Would I say that my children are “gifted” regarding language learning?

No, I wouldn’t.

Would I say it is easy bringing up bilingual children?

No, I wouldn’t.

Would I say I regret doing it?

No, never.

Would I encourage anyone to try it?

Yes, definitely!

 

Now I must confess. I have, up to this point, taken my language learning for granted. I grew up being told that I had a “gift for languages”. I´m not saying it was easy. I simply soldiered on and continued to learn. I let nothing stand in my way.

 

Some day soon:

  • I will share my personal learning experiences with you
  • I will tell you how I think attitude towards language learning needs to change
  • I will share some practical guidance from Rita Rosenback’s book “Bringing up a Bilingual Child”
  • I will explain the idea and aspirations behind our Cooking With Languages project

 

Before I go, I have something wonderful to share with you. I am fortunate to be a member of two inspirational Facebook Groups :

I am fortunate to be a member of two inspirational Facebook Groups :

I asked members of these groups to complete this statement:

“Living in a country and not speaking the language, is like …”

Here are some of the many answers provided by members of those groups and other friends:

learn a foreign language

It is clear to see, for those of us lucky to be involved in a world of languages, in whatever shape or form, as a parent, as an educator, we all feel that by not learning languages we are missing out on so many wonderful experiences.

 

Learning languages:

  • opens doors to new worlds,
  • increases opportunities of adventure
  • creates passion.

It’s never too soon nor too late to start learning a language!

 

Finally, I think this quote from Jennifer Brunk of Spanish Playground, creates a beautiful picture of where you can be once you take that first step towards learning a new language:

 

.. it’s like being at the bottom of a huge mountain where every tiny step you take gives you a better view.

So, come on, what are you waiting for? A new world is waiting to be discovered … by YOU !

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day: Showing Love and Affection in Spain

Do you know how families and friends show love and affection in Spain?

Love and Affection in Spain

All around the world, people show their affection and love for others daily but we do not do it the same way. There are many different traditions and customs all over the globe and they normally change depending on how well you know the other person or how close you are to them. Today, we will look at some Spanish customs for showing love and affection to others.

In Spain, greetings are very gender-orientated. Girls don’t greet the same way as guys and vice versa. Greetings will be explained as to what is most common in the country, even though different people may act, of course, differently.

Greeting Family and Friends in Spain

When meeting family, it is very common to give a hug (un abrazo). Girls normally greet both guys and girls with a kiss (un beso) on each cheek and guys greet girls with two kisses and guys with a handshake. Guys normally don’t hug other males but, if they are close family, they may also hug. Of course, this all depends on the relationships you enjoy or how well you get one with other family members.

With friends, it is common to just greet them by saying “Hello” (Hola) . Sometimes, you may greet friends in the same way you would greet family, with a hug and kiss or by shaking hands but, in general, a quick “hello” would be the normal way to greet a friend or even Hola ¿Qué tal? Hola ¿Qué hay?

Greeting Strangers

When greeting someone you do not know or you are being introduced to, it is common to give a kiss on each cheek, in the case of girls, and shake hands in the case of guys.

When greeting a stranger in a job or business related situation, the most normal thing to do is to shake hands, to keep it neutral.

Love and Affection in Families with Children and Multicultural Families.

Overall, people in Spain are very close, warm and very family-orientated. With children, it is common to call them little funny and sweet names. These names may vary depending on the family or how they act but “cariño” (similar to sweetheart), “mi vida” (meaning, “my life”) and “cielo” (meaning, literally, “sky”) are some common sweet names in Spain. They are rather “serious” ones but they are the more typical ones. Some “fun” names would be “churri”, “chiqui”, “peque” among others. These are only some examples as every child may be called different sweet names by their parents.

In Spain, it is very typical for families to spend lots of time together. It is common to meet regularly and spend weekends together as well as going out for dinner or for a drink. Of course, every family is different but, as we have explained before, Spain is a country where people are very family-orientated.

When it comes to multicultural families, some of the customs may vary and change to adapt to everybody’s traditions. It is a great experience as everybody gets to learn about different cultures and different ways of expressing one’s feelings and thoughts. The traditions, in these cases, often mix and get adapted to every member, always making sure that the different customs and ways of life are shared in an equal manner.

Sharing different cultures and ways of life is always an enriching experience, not only with family but with friends and other acquaintances. When learning languages, understanding the culture behind the language is essential as that way you get to see beyond the grammar and words and you understand the way people speak and express themselves and the reasons behind these ways.

So, no matter what language you are studying or would like to study in the future make sure to always look into the country or countries where the language is spoken and its traditions: only like that will you be able to speak and express yourself like a native.

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9 Great Games for Learning Languages that Can Be Adapted to Your Target Language

Let Us Introduce You To Some Great Games for Learning Languages …

As we mentioned in one of our previous posts, playing games is a great way for children to learn a new language. Almost any game is ideal for this purpose, so long as the target language is used. To make it easy for you, we have come up with some great games that can be adapted to your target language so that you and your children have lots of fun together while learning languages!

Of course, these are just suggestions on how to play these games. You can always change the rules or ways of playing to suit them to your needs, as every child learns in a different way!

Word Association

A vocabulary based game is a fun way to learn new words. Word association is definitely a fun game to practise our language skills. The idea is that one of you thinks of a word and then says it out loud. The next person has to say whatever comes to their mind when hearing that word (in the target language, of course!) and then the next person does the same and so on.

What’s great about this game is that you have to think really fast, as the point is to say the first thing that comes into your mind. This helps develop quick-thinking which is really important when learning to speak a new language. It will definitely be entertaining, fun and educational. You may be very surprised what comes out of your mouths 😉

Games for Learning Languages

Hangman!

This is a well known traditional vocabulary game and definitely useful for those learning a new language. To play, just decide who is going to be guessing and who is going to be thinking of the word.  You can have a pre-selected list of vocabulary that you want to practice if you prefer.

Participants say a letter of the alphabet. If the word contains the letter, it is written in the correct place. If the letter does not exist then you start to draw the hangman. Once the hangman is complete, the game is over. You can guess the word at any stage to win the game.
This game is perfect for learning and revising vocabulary and also for practising the alphabet in the target language.

Rhyming Words.

This game is great for passing time when the children are likely to become bored, such as during a car trip or while waiting for something. The point of the game, as the name states, is to rhyme words. To begin, one of you chooses a word in the target language, for instance: “hola” and then the next person has to find a word that begins with the last syllable (or the last letter, to make it easier), for instance: “largo”. The next person does the same and so on. It’s great because the children have to be creative and think of many words as none of the words can be repeated! It will definitely help them learn while they have lots of fun!

I Spy With My Little Eye …

This game is also really good for learning new words and practising words you have already learnt. The point of the game is that one of you will look at an object and think of it and the other has to guess what it is after you say “I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” and then say the letter of the thing you are thinking of that you have seen.

Now, most languages have their own version of what’s said to play the game and each region or country might have its own specific version. Seeing as we have been focusing on Spanish learning, we will give you Spain’s version of “I spy” named “Veo, veo”.

Veo, veo.

¿Qué ves?

Una cosita.

¿Qué cosita es?

Empieza con…

Other Spanish speaking countries use the same “dialogue” but they have small variations. For now, you can start to practise with this one and see how many words you can guess!

NOTE: For younger learners, playing I Spy Colours is a fabulous adaptation of this popular game. Instead of using letters, you say “I spy with my little eye, something the colour ….” This makes playing the game fun and easy for even the youngest language learners!

Simon Says

Simon says is a great way of practising verbs in addition to learning and practising vocabulary.

To play the game, one of you will be giving the orders and the others will have to do as they say.

The trick to the game is that you only have to do as they say if they begin the order with “Simon Says…” (or “Simon dice…” if you play in Spanish). If you do the action when they haven’t started the sentence with that, you’re out. The game continues until everyone else fails.

A good way of making the game fun and a bit faster is giving the orders really quickly so that you have to act fast. That will also help the children get used to hearing the foreign language spoken quickly and having to react to it in a fast way which will definitely help them understand people better the more they learn.

Categories

This simple game is also great for having some fun while practising vocabulary. One of the players of the game chooses a category (for instance: food) and a letter (for instance, the letter M)  and then, taking turns you have to say a word from the target language beginning with that letter and belonging to that category so, following our example if we played in Spanish: manzana, mandarina, madalena, macarrones, menta, melocotón…

This will help children practise their memory and their vocabulary in the language they are trying to learn.

Games for Learning Languages

Change “on a Picnic” for “to the Beach/Park” etc … for variations

I’m Going on a Picnic and…

This is a fantastic game, this one! It’s perfect for building vocabulary when the children are bored and want to do something to pass time. The first player begins by saying the sentence: “I’m going on a picnic (or camping, on a holiday…) and I am bringing…”.

Now, the first thing we say has to begin with the letter A, the next one with the letter B, the third with C until you complete the whole alphabet and them, you can just begin again but choosing a different “destination” so that new words come up.

If someone misses an item, they are out of the game for that round. This game is perfect for children’s concentration as well as for them to get used to using many different words from the target language in a fast and entertaining way.

If you are feeling clever and want to push yourselves, you can always make it a rule that you mention all the previous items too … this can get rather tricky though!

Point and Name.

Definitely a fun and easy way for children to learn new words. When we speak, we do it to refer to things around us, so what better way than pointing at things around you and trying to name them in the target language. This is great because every place you go to will have different objects and it can be done literally anywhere; waiting in line in the supermarket, on a car trip, in the kitchen, the sitting room, in the street …

We also use our languages to express our ideas and feelings so maybe you can try to mimic different expressions that show happiness, sadness… for your children to try and name.e.g. laughing, crying, sad, happy, tired …

This will help them name everyday objects and situations which will eventually lead to them being more confident and eventually a fluent speaker of their target language.

Memory Game/ Pairs

Memory games are definitely a MUST when it comes to playing games for the purpose of learning a language. It can be played over and over and more and more cards can be added so that it never gets repetitive or boring.

The point is to create small pairs of cards with a picture and the name of the thing itself below the picture, in the target language. You might decide to target a certain topic (for instance, you might want to create cards so that your children learn the names of animals, foods, tools…) or just have a mix of different cards for your children to play with.

Now, when playing the game, arrange the cards on a flat surface with the picture and name face down and then mix them up. Every time someone has their turn to try to find the pairs, they flip a card over they will have to say the name they read out loud, so that they start to remember those words. The aim of the game is to collect the most pairs. The game ends when there are no more cards over the surface and then, you can just play again.

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