Saturday, 17 March 2012

Flat Stanley is off again!

Yes, it's that time of year again - after the holidays my class will begin their 'Weather Around the World' topic, we've been reading Flat Stanley in our Guided Reading sessions, and our very own Stanleys have been coloured, cut out and laminated. 

Their holiday homework was to get them mailed off to a friend or family member with the request that he be shown around where they live, and returned with photos, postcards, etc, to show the class!

I don't know about the children, but I'm super-excited to find out where they all go, and also to have the huge excitement of receiving some parcels from all around the world during next term.  Let's hope he has lots of adventures - but maybe none as traumatic as his visit to Brunei last year...?!

My class with their Stanleys on our non-uniform day last week.

My Stanley is coming on holiday with me now, but then will accompany me back to the UK when I go on my Maternity Leave later this term, from where I can mail him back to ISB. 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Pork with Long Beans and Chives

One of the delights of living in a foreign country - well, for me anyway - is the food shopping.  I particularly enjoy browsing the produce sections of the supermarkets, or the roadside stalls selling fruit and veg where I often stop on the way home from work.  We've taken the opportunity to sample lots of new and exciting fruit and vegetables, although there are still many that we would have no idea of how to use so have shied away from.  Cowardly I suppose, but never mind.

So when we discover a recipe that uses something new and exciting we leap upon it.  And this Madhur Jaffrey recipe - Pork with Long Beans and Chives - fit the bill perfectly.  I had been eyeing up these bizarre looking veg for a while:

They are labelled in Malay, so I had no idea what they were, but they are long stalks with what appear to be flower-buds on the end.  I'm not entirely sure that they are what Madhur Jaffrey means when she calls for 'Chinese Chives'  (and I notice that Tesco have substituted regular chives in this published version of the recipe) but these garlicky lovelies were a perfect ingredient for the dish.  They're strong-tasting and pungent whiich makes them a real feature of the meal, rather than 'just' an accompanying vegetable.

Long beans are always a favourite here.  Just like French beans... but very long!  The clue's in the name.

Madhur Jaffrey says this is a Cantonese dish, from Hong Kong.  It had a lovely savoury sauce, but one with no heat so perfect for the chilli-haters (neither of us fall into this category - far from it - but we have friends and family who don't partake).

Definitely a 'keeper' of a dish.