Mexican Cooking! 17 January PM

Yesterday afternoon we headed to the kitchen for some Mexican Cooking!! We had two recipes (one meat and one vegetarian), so everybody had a job to do, whether it was chopping the vegetables or cooking the mince.

For our meat dish we had beef tacos and for our vegetarians we had enchiladas filled with beans, veg and salsa sauce (Vanessa also adapted this to a vegan option by not covering it in cheese!).

What everyone was most excited for though was the cheesy nachos! Nicol had the task of covering the corn chips in cheese then popping them in microwave, and had everyone jumping on her as soon as they were ready!

The nachos kept us going whilst the enchiladas baked in the oven and we filled the tacos with our beef and veg mix.

There was plenty of food to fill our bellies and even some left over mince we’re going to have for lunch today!

 

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Mexican Cooking! (morning) January 17

Yesterday morning (Thursday) we gathered in the kitchen for our Mexican cooking activity! Our plan was to have a meat AND a veggie option – beef tacos and veggie enchiladas. Our main ingredients included beef, red peppers & onions, lettuce, mixed beans, re-fried beans, sour cream, various sauces, lime, cheese, taco shells, tortillas and of course – some corn chips and salsa to snack on as we cooked πŸ˜€

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As we were cooking two separate mixes, there were plenty of jobs for everyone to do – prep and chop the vegetables, divide the ingredients for each meal, find the chopping boards, pots, pans and the fun bit – the cooking! πŸ™‚

As the onion tears were starting to get to us, one of the group had a genius idea to help her… sunglasses!!! πŸ˜€

 

Some shots of the cooking in progress…

Looking good, chef Max! πŸ™‚

 

The food was so tasty – it’s not at all surprising that a few friends turned up just as the food was ready to eat…! πŸ˜›

 

What exciting activities are lined up for next week?

Check it out here!

 

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Table Tennis Tournament! (morning) January 16th

Yesterday morning (Wednesday), we had a very fun table tennis tournament in the student lounge! We started out with just a few but everyone spotted the fun we were having and wanted to join! πŸ™‚

We brought out the competitive side among our students by offering a chocolate prize! πŸ˜€ Tom took the lead with preparing the score sheet and determining the competitors…

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Some more action shots…

It was a lot of fun and thankfully, nobody took winning or losing TOO seriously… πŸ˜›

Don’t forget to join us every day at 11.30am or 2pm for our variety of free fun activities! Pop by reception to check the notice board and sign up for a place in any activity πŸ™‚

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Boomerang painting! January 10th

Last week, we gathered outside the student lounge for our Thursday activity – Boomerang painting! πŸ™‚

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The sun was shining here in Byron Bay so we set up the tables outside, making sure to cover everything in newspaper as we were using acrylic paint. I had some painted boomerangs to show as examples, as well as some information about the meaning behind all the symbols – an interesting insight into the traditional aboriginal style, used to tell stories through the artists paintings.

Everyone found the painting to be a very relaxing activity! Check them out as they worked on their masterpieces πŸ˜€

 

Some details of the work in progress…

 

Some of our finished work πŸ™‚

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

 

 

 

 

Brazilian Cooking – Brigadeiros! 3 January

Last week, for our Brazilian Cooking activity, we made Brazilian dessert favourite  brigadeiros ❀

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I printed out the below (very simple) recipe, but Brazilian student Lucas told me it wouldn’t be needed as he threw everything in the saucepan, using his judgement over measurements!

Recipe: Mix 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk,Β 15 grams of butter and 3 table spoons of cocoa powder over medium heat until thickened. Let it cool then roll into balls!

When rolling the mixture into balls it’s advised to put butter on your hands first to stop it sticking; this worked for everyone but me, who ended up in a real mess!

It was only a few of us making them but once we’d then covered them in chocolate sprinkles and nuts more students suddenly appeared to help us eat them!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Morning Surf Lesson! January 9th

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This morning we all set off at 10am for our first surf lesson of 2019! πŸ˜€

The class booked out quickly, with only 8 available spaces per lesson (so make sure to book early next time to avoid missing out!). The small numbers mean that lots of expert help is available for everyone from our pro instructor, Blake, from Lets Go Surfing.

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Everyone got sorted with their wet suits, boards and sun cream (don’t be fooled by the clouds, it was very, very hot out there!!). Two of our group had tried surfing before but to everyone else, it was a first time experience. Blake took them through all the safety info first, followed by his many surf tips.

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Everyone ready to go πŸ™‚

The sea was pretty rough today but everyone seemed to catch waves pretty quickly, with Silas standing up on his board almost immediately!

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Nice one, Silas! πŸ™‚

We have a surf lesson for our Lexis students every month, so be sure to check our activities calendar regularly and book early for our next lesson! πŸ™‚

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Morning Brigadeiro making! January 3rd

This morning we had great fun in the kitchen making Brigadeiros! They are a Brazilian sweet – a real favourite and a traditional birthday treat seen in Brazil.

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Brigadeiros are typically small, bite-size treats, made from just a few simple ingredients: condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter – all individually hand rolled and covered with chocolate sprinkles and nuts.

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We had s small group today as it’s our first week back after the Christmas holidays. Together with Elena and Marcia, we cooked up a storm! We started out by combining the condensed milk with the cocoa and butter. This had to be stirred over a medium heat for a long time – stirring it constantly to ensure it did not burn. When you drag the spoon through the mixture and the space is visible on the bottom of the pan for a few seconds, that’s how you know it is thick enough. We then popped the mixture into a bowl in the fridge to cool for a few minutes. It was quite a lot of stirring so the girls took turns and it gave us plenty of time to chat about our Christmas holidays and new year celebrations! πŸ˜€

The fun part was then turning the mixture into the brigadeiros! We used a selection of nuts, coconut and sprinkles for our toppings. Check out the results! Delicious πŸ™‚

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.