Spanish Cooking – Paella! 25 October Afternoon

Last Thursday we had a Spanish Cooking day, with both our morning and afternoon classes having a turn in the kitchen 🙂

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I did my research, looking at various different recipes for paella and then combining the most common ingredients from each into my own paella recipe. I was feeling pretty confident and was ready to impress the Spanish with my knowledge of their cuisine…

but sadly this was not the case! Despite 6 of the 10 recipes I looked at saying you put Spanish chorizo in, you in fact definitely do not put chorizo in a Spanish paella! You also do not put paprika in a Spanish paella, but should instead use saffron!

Despite it not being the paella they were quite expecting it was great to see the Spanish so passionate about one of their countries most popular dishes, and also learning from them the correct way to cook it! Next time I will definitely be asking them to check the recipe before I buy the ingredients!

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Our Italian, Swiss, Czech, Belgian and Brazilian students that joined were happy to follow my recipe though and we ended up with what we thought was a delicious paella! However, the best response I got from our Spanish students was Rosario saying ‘it’s really nice tasting rice’!!

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You can follow my recipe below for nice tasting rice, or ask one of our Spanish students for the proper way to make an authentic Spanish paella!

PAELLA!!

  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 red capsicum, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 chorizo, thinly sliced
  • 160g (1 cup) frozen peas, thawed
  • 500g marinara mix
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 cups arborio rice
  • 800g can chopped Italian tomatoes
  • 4 cups Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped

 

  • Step 1

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and onion. Stir for 2-3 minutes or until light golden. Add capsicum, garlic and paprika. Stir for 1 minute or until aromatic.

  • Step 2

Stir in the rice, tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir in the marinara mix. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until rice is tender and seafood is just cooked.

  • Step 3

Stir in the peas. Rest for 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

 

 

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October in Photos!!

JEWELLERY MAKING!

 

CREPE COMPETITION!

SOCCER!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION!

 

CASINO ROYALE!

 

BOOMERANG PAINTING!

 

SURFING!

 

WINE AND CHEESE TASTING!

 

TABLE TENNIS!

 

SPANISH COOKING – PAELLA!

BODYBOARDING!

 

HALLOWEEN BBQ!

 

COFFEE CLUBS!

 

STUDENT NIGHTS!

 

CLASSROOM FUN!

 

53 NEW STARTERS!

 

18 GRADUATES!

 

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.

November Activity Calendar!!

We have another month of brilliant activities planned exclusively for our Lexis students in November!

All activities will be twice a day (unless stated otherwise), so both our morning and afternoon students have  the opportunity to participate! Afternoon students will have their activities at 11.30am and morning students will be at 2pm (unless stated otherwise).

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment , and of course have fun!!

All activities are free except for surfing and tie dye (you can bring your own white top/garment or purchase one from us for $3. All equipment/colours are free)!!

October Calendar

Yoga will continue to be every Monday in Room 8 at 7.45am – 8.45am. This allows everyone to be able to go together and start their mornings with some stretching and relaxation!

We’ll also continue to have the popular Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join Orla at 11.30am or me at 2pm in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and games!

As we are coming into summer we have lots of fun beach activities planned; starting with Beach Games on the 2nd, a Beach Picnic on the 22nd, Volleyball on the 23rd and free Body Board hire on the 29th! For our afternoon students these activities will be at 11am instead of 11.30am to allow enough time to get to the beach and back before class. Morning students will remain at 2pm. Meet in reception first 🙂

To start the month we have Fun Faces! Not to be taken too seriously, you’ll be doing funny portrait drawings of each other that we can all have a good laugh at after (or discover we have some hidden artists!)!!

We have our Big Soccer Match against BBELS on the 7th. This will just be one game at 4pm at the Byron Sports Fields. Sign up in reception and help Lexis remain the Language School Soccer Champions!

Our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 is on the 8th. This is a great option to give surfing a try and see if you’d like to book on to one of the 2 hour lessons for $55! Pick ups from school will be at 10am and 3pm. Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

We have a couple of activities for our morning and afternoon students to enjoy together, both on a Friday at 5.30pm. There is Beer Tasting on the 9th and Salsa & Sangria on the 16th. Both fun and social activities to get your weekends started with all your Lexis pals!

Wednesday the 14th Happy Travels with be providing free pizza and punch and giving you some travel tips for your time in Oz! This will be at 12.15pm in the student lounge.

On the 15th we will be baking some cute Koala Cupcakes!

On the 21st we will be hosting a Sweet Exchange; everyone is encouraged to bring in something sweet they have either made or bought. You will then be able to try each other’s treats by giving a gold coin donation, this money will then be given to our chosen charities. More information to follow 🙂

On the 28th we’ll be Tie Dying! A greats memento to take away from your time in Byron Bay! Bring a white top or we have a limited number available for $3. Sign up in reception.

To end the month and the Cambridge courses we’ll be having an End of Cambridge Sausage Sizzle to say good luck and farewell to our Cambridge students after their 12 weeks of hard work!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

Teacher Kristy runs a free guided meditation every Wednesday morning between 8-8.30am in room 8.

Job Club is every Wednesday in Room 8 (with GIL). A teacher will be able to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour Surf Lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $55! Lessons are at 9am and 2pm every day, and 3.30pm on request.

 

For all your weekend activities check out the Happy Travels November calendar: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/10/30/happy-travels-weekend-activities-november-18/

 

Have a wonderful month! 🙂

 

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 Boomerang Painting! – 17 October

Yesterday morning we had a very fun, colourful and educational activity – Boomerang painting! We gathered in the student lounge (as it was raining outside) and looked at some examples of work by other artists. The style in which they were painted sees many, many tiny dots, perfectly painted into various shapes. These shapes can be ‘read’ as they each symbolise different things – for example, a tiny circle, within two more circles represents a campsite and a large dot, surrounded by smaller dots represents a star! See some examples here below…

We all really enjoyed the painting process! We all started with one base colour and as we waited for that to dry, came up with our designs. They were all so different! See some of the progress here…

In the end, we were all very happy with our finished pieces! We were so engrossed, I think we would all have happily stayed painting for another hour!

 

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lish 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.

Photography Competition – afternoon session! 11 October

Last Thursday we had a fun photo competition using the theme ‘faces in places’!

The students had to look closely at their surroundings and find faces in everyday objects they probably wouldn’t have looked twice at!

They had lots of fun looking for faces and some got creative making faces (technically cheating :/ but still great photos!)

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There was even the added bonus of a free surf lesson for the best photo…

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Well done Lorene! We thought this was a really funny original one! Enjoy your surf lesson 🙂

 

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.

Soccer match against BBELS – 10 October

Yesterday we played a soccer match against BBELS, one of Byron’s other local schools.

Every couple of months we meet at the sports field for a friendly game. It’s good fun for the students and it’s nice for them to meet other students outside of Lexis 🙂

Rain was forecast for the afternoon but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! Even at 4pm it was still really warm, so the players did a great job of running around for over an hour!

Meanwhile us supporters stayed cool in the shade!

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Both teams showed great skills and played brilliantly, but there could only be one winner…

US!! Go Team Lexis, taking the win with a 6-5 result!

 

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.

Afternoon Crepe Competition! 4 October

Yesterday we had a morning and afternoon Crepe Competition!

I (Claire) was the judge of the afternoon and had a very hard decision on my hands!

The students split into three groups to make the crepes, following this simple recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups plain flour

  • A few pinches of salt

  • 4 eggs

  • 4 cups of milk

METHOD
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Blend until smooth. Add a little water and mix to desired consistency. Cover and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, pour batter over pan, tilting from side to side so batter covers base in a thin film. Cook pancake for about 1 minute or until underside is golden, then use a spatula to flip. Cook other side for just under a minute until golden. Repeat with remaining mixture, spraying pan with cooking oil between pancakes.

Eric showed off some very impressive flipping skills!

The teamwork was then over as they competed against eachother to present me with the best crepe!

They had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; blueberries, bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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They all looked delicious but two really stood out as the best…

Eric had taken a lot of time and care to produce this wonderfully presented restaurant worthy creation…

and Lorene came up with the clever idea of mixing food colour into the batter to make this creative design that was then also beautifully presented…

As there was only one surf lesson to give away they decided to split the cost of a lesson so they can then go together! We gave them some Tim Tams to share as well; as if they hadn’t already had enough sugar for the day!!

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