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Recipe: Spanish Omelette

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Cooking
 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!!
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Food and cooking

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Cooking, Resources, Word of the Day
Food! Food!! Food for thought! Always nice to learn something so useful. Nive way to teach too when it is as funny as doing it using this amazing tool which borrows pictures from Flickr and  allows users to input sentences, phrases or even entire paragraphs and then turn them into illustrated slide shows .
Why don’t you try your own images and share them? Have a look at what I’ve done.
Ways of cooking
Kitchen equipment
What’s the difference between Sour and Bitter?
1.Take a drink of Vinegar : This would be sour or so considered to be.
2.Take a bite of Real pure dark chocolate: This would considered bitter
1.A Grannysmith green cooking apple would be sour
2.Coffee without sugar or cream would be bitter
Sour lemons and limes, or unripe fruit before it becomes sweet.

Enjoy your meal!!

Hey! Hold on a sec… this is not what you think it is  but just the opposite . 
As the writing test is nearing some of you are probably beginning to wonder whether you’ll have time to finish your novel  or whether it might be necessary to find help somewhere else. In case you are considering the infinite possibilities the Internet offers , watch this video… I’ve watched it too.   ;-)
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A book Review

A Book Review

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources, The English Language
You have been reading your books for a while now and I sincerely hope you are enjoying it. But… hurry up if you haven’t finished because your writing test is coming… sorry to give you bad news. I have already made up my mind to do it on  Wednesday April  29 in class.
Here are some considerations and tips about writing book reviews . I hope you find them useful.
What is the difference between a book report and a book review? A book report is completely factual. It includes information on the author, title, place and year of publication as well as a summary of the content of the book. A book review, on the other hand, is much more personal. It is really an expression of the reader’s opinion of the work, or of specific aspects of the work. The review will probably include much of the same factual content as the report, but it is the reader’s personal opinions that are most important. 
You have read your book. Your next step will be to organize what you are going to say about it in your report. Writing the basic elements down in an outline format will help you to organize your thoughts.What will you include in the outline? 
The description should include such elements as: 
  • The setting—where does the story take place? 
  • The time period—is the story set in the present day or in an earlier time period? Perhaps it is even set in the future! 
  • The main character(s)—who is the story mostly about? Give a brief description. Often, one character can be singled out as the main character, but some books will have more than one 
  • The plot—what happens to the main character? WARNING! Be careful here. Do not fall into the boring trap of reporting every single thing that happens in the story. Pick only the most important events. Here are some hints on how to do that. First, explain the situation of the main character as the story opens. Next, identify the basic plot element of the story–is the main character trying to achieve something or overcome a particular problem? Thirdly, describe a few of the more important things that happen to the main character as he/she works toward that goal or solution. Finally, you might hint at the story’s conclusion without completely giving away the ending.   
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How do you say 2010?

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under The English Language, Word of the Day
Lately I’ve stumbling about how to say 2010. If you think for a while you’ll see that ,so far, we have been saying 1900 as nineteen hundred and 1908 as nineteen oh eight or eighteen hundred and eight.
The question, then, is: if the year 1800 is eighteen hundred, how do you account for the year 2000 being two thousand and not twenty hundred? (Ok, let’s say that some people say twenty hundred but the vast majority don’t and we’re certainly sticking with the majority,)
So, what about 2010? Even though it is coming soon, it is still somewhat unclear whether the English speaking world will tend to call it twenty ten or two thousand ten.
I’ve done some research and found that people say different things:
2010= twenty ten
2010= two thousand (and) ten
2010 = oh ten
Some of the people favouring twenty ten argue that it sounds more natural and others even say that people are lazy so, as twenty ten has only three syllables, this is certainly the favourite one.

But let’s see what the experts have to say: According to David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, the change of pronunciation to “twenty X” will occur in 2011, as “twenty eleven”, explaining that the way people pronounce years depends on rhythm, rather than logic. Crystal claims that the rhythm or “flow” of “two thousand (and) ten”, beats that of “twenty ten”, but the flow of “twenty eleven” beats “two thousand (and) eleven”.Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of Chambers Dictionary, suggests the change will occur in 2013 (as 2012 is often referred to as “two thousand and twelve”).
It seems we’ll have to wait and see.
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Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General

The IT Crowd

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Funny Stuff, Listening
The IT Crowd is a British popular cult sitcom . The comedy takes a surreal look at the ‘underclass’ of a company - the Information Technology department set in the computer department of Reynholm Industries. The staff are IT geeks Roy and Moss, and Jen.
MOSS  lives with his mum, who also dresses him, styles his hair and buys his clothes.He’s highly intelligent, scared of spiders and has the social skills of a serial killer. The closest he’s got to a woman is Lara Croft. (in the picture the one with the laptop)
ROY is the smiling face of the I.T. Department, Roy’s spiky personality ensures he’ll always be kept away from normal people as long as possible.He’s king of the basement, indulging his love of comic books, fast food, computer games and random arguments with his best friend, Moss. (in the picture the one reading the magazine)
JEN knows nothing about IT, she only got the job because she said she had extensive experience of computers like using mices, clicking, double-clicking, and that thing that goes on the floor… the er hard-drive?As well as being their line manager, Jen is Roy and Moss’ agony aunt, relationship coach and guru about life outside the basement. Not that her life is going particularly well, it’s just better than theirs.
Now, what comes next is homework . There are two videos and this is what you have to do:
VIDEO A. Watch the video three times  B. Answer the questions  C. Send them to me  before April 14th.
1. What two reasons does Moss give Roy to prevent him from using the toilet?
2. The first time the manager asks Roy what happened, what does he answer?
3. What does he say happened to his wheelchair?
4. Does the wheelchair they finally bring belong to Roy? Answer giving details

Talking to Jen:
1. Who does he say stole his wheelchair?
2. How has he become disabled?
3.What does he order?
Talking to Lorna:
4. What does Lorna find so difficult about Roy?
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As we are learning about the weather..

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Listening, Music
As we are learning about the weather …I thought it might be a good idea to teach with rhythm.
It’s Raining Men was originally recorded by The Weather Girls  ,who were the duo formed by Martha Wash and Izora Rhodesand . The song went number 1 ,selling over 6million copies worldwide .Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross were both offered this song and turned it down, I guess they are still regretting it.
Geri Halliwell, formerly a member of The Spice Girls, also recorded this song  in 2001. Her version was used on the soundtrack to the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary. When released, the single shot straight to number1 for 2 weeks.
If you want to do the listening we did in class , click here
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