Thai Cooking! 21 February

Being a keen cook, teacher Serena was very excited to be leading yesterday’s Thai Cooking activity today!

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Herself and the students made delicious rice paper rolls ❤

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They used vegetable for the fillings so it was vegan friendly, but you can put anything you like in; try with chicken or shrimp!

If you would like to make them at home, here’s how:

RICE PAPER ROLLS

Ingredients

For the Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water, to thin out the sauce, if necessary

For the noodle filling:

  • 300gr thin rice noodles noodles (also called bean threads)

For the vegetable filling:

  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 1/2  red bell pepper
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • half a red cabbage, cu tinto strips
  • thai basil and/or mint leaves

8 rice paper wrappers (discs)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make the spicy peanut sauce: Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce until smooth and creamy, and set aside.
  2. Make the rice noodle filling: If the  noodles are very long, break them into smaller bits. Cook the cellophane noodles according to the package directions. We heated a medium saucepan full of water until almost boiling, then turned off the heat, added the noodles, and let them sit for about 10 minutes.Drain the noodles, put them in a bowl, .
  3. Make the vegetable filling: Slice the cucumber, carrot, and red pepper into thin strips . Slice the cabbage into thin strips.
  4. Soften the rice wrappers: Fill a round cake pan halfway with warm-hot water. (It should be quite warm, but cool enough to stick your fingers in it without getting burned. We let boiling water cool off for about 5 minutes.) For each wrapper, immerse it in the hot water bath until it softens, which takes about 30 seconds. Watch for it to begin curling, then immediately flip it over and continue flipping until it is just softened. Use both hands to pull it up out of the water, being careful so it doesn’t collapse on itself, and spread it immediately on a plate.
  5. Put filling in the center of the wrapper: Fill the center of the softened wrapper first by laying about 3 to 4 herb leaves down the center. Then lay down about 1 to 2 tablespoons of noodles (you want to have enough for 8 rolls). Then, add 1/8 of the veggie mixture. Add a few sprigs of herbs.
  6. Roll up the summer rolls: To roll up your roll, first fold the top and bottom edges of the wrapper over the filling, then fold in the edges towards the center and continue rolling the filled wrapper until it’s closed and tight. Continue this process with each of the wrappers. You may need to change your hot water halfway through.

To serve, slice in half with a sharp knife and serve the peanut sauce on the side.

 

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.

Vegan Cooking – Chinese Dumplings

Yesterday for our Vegan Cooking activity we made delicious Chinese Dumplings!

One of our teachers, Serena, has made them a few times and kindly shared the recipe with us and led the afternoon session!

Luckily I didn’t miss out though as I got to make them (and eat them!) with our morning group 🙂

 

They are really quick and simple to make; if you’d like to try them at home here’s how…

Ingredients

  • 1 packet vegan wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 thinly slice leeks
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup hard tofu, cut into small dice
  • 4 cups chopped baby bok choy, Chinese cabbage or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra for tasting
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. Heat the oil in the wok over high heat. (Alternatively, you can make this in a large saute pan.)
  2. Add the leeks ,garlic and ginge. Stir fry (use a spatula to stir, scoop and flip the ingredients) for about 20 seconds. Do so quickly to keep the garlic from burning.
  3. Add the mushrooms and stir fry again continuously to keep the ingredients from burning, but also to help everything release their moisture. Do this for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Add the greens, carrots and tofu .
  5. Add the water and soy sauce. Stir fry for about 2 minutes, or until the greens have cooked down and the tofu has heated through.
  6. Drizzle with sesame oil. Stir to combine. Turn off the heat.
  7. Taste the vegetables. If it feels like you need to adjust for seasoning, you can add a splash of soy sauce or you can add a pinch of salt to taste. Because soy sauces differ in saltiness, you may have to adjust as needed.
  8. Set aside to cool to room temperature before using in potstickers. As a filling, it will be too “saucy” so you will have to strain it.
  9. Once cool, assemble your potstickers. Place a small teaspoon of the filling in the centre of a wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold the wrapper over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal. Place them upright on a plate, being careful not to let them touch or else they will stick together.
  10. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large pan. Add the potstickers and fry until browned on the bottom – 1 to 2 minutes. You may need to work in two batches if not all your potstickers fit in the pan. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the pan and reduce heat to medium. Allow to steam until the tops are tender and the water has evaporated – about 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover the pan and flip the potstickers onto their sides to brown on each side (optional). Remove to a serving dish.
  11. Serve with soy sauce.

 

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.

Christmas Cooking! 20 December

On Wednesday we made delicious edible mini Santas!

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We started by using a mini Oreo for the biscuit base then followed the below recipe to make mini cheesecakes:

  1. Use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese (250g), caster sugar (1/2 cup), vanilla  essence (1 teaspoon) and lemon juice (1 tablespoon) until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  2. Divide the cream cheese mixture amongst the muffin cups, pouring it or spooning it over each mini Oreo.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until slightly risen and just beginning to crack on the surface.
  4. Cool completely on a wire rack and refrigerate while you make the toppings.

We then put a generous amount of whipped cream on each one, followed by a strawberry (with the top cut off) and another small blob of cream on the top; which became the fur trim, hat and bobble!

They tasted even more delicious then they looked!! Oreos, Cheesecake, Strawberries and Cream – what’s not to love?! Plus they looked super cute 🙂

 

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.

December Activities Calendar!

December’s activity calendar is here!! 🙂 🙂

December Calendar

All activities, except surfing and BWT weekend trips, are FREE and exclusive to our Lexis students!

We start the month with Wine and Cheese Tasting! This will be at 5.30pm in front of school so both our morning and afternoon students can enjoy together!

On the 5th we have Smoothie Club at 11am, where we’ll make some delicious smoothies from fresh fruit, and Coffee Club at 2pm, where we’ll enjoy coffee, Tim Tams and conversations! On the 12th we will have Coffee Club for both morning and afternoon students (11am and 2pm)!

Free Body Board and wetsuit hire will be provided by Let’s Go Surfing on the 6th!

On the 7th we have Tie Dying at 11am and 2pm; bring your own white garment. or purchase a top from us for a small fee, to cover in colourful patterns! A great Byron Bay souvenir!

For sports we have Soccer on the 8th and Volleyball on the 15th (11am and 2pm); both will either be in the garden or at the beach, depending on weather and numbers!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 13th; at 11am and 2pm in the student lounge.

There will be a special 1 hour Surf Lesson for just $20 with Let’s Go Surfing on the 14th. Pick up times from school will be 10am and 3pm. Come see me in reception if you’d like to book this!

With it being Christmas we have some fun festive activities planned for the week before! Starting with a Christmas themed Coffee Club on the 19th, followed by Christmas Cooking on the 20th and Christmas Decoration Making on the 21st!!

On the 22nd we will be having a Traditional Food Fair & Trivia! Everyone is encouraged to bring in a traditional food dish from their home country! You will then be able to help yourself to as much food as you like by giving a gold coin donation; this money will then be split between two charities (much like the Sweet Exchange we did this month!). More details to follow!

We have Yoga every Monday at 11am and 2pm in Room 8.

Job Club is every Wednesday in Room 8 (with GIL). Myself or 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!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8 (Room 7 on Mondays). Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT @ 8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Lastly, don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!

  Have a brilliant month! 🙂

 

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.

Vegan Brownies! 9 November

Last week we made Vegan Brownies!

Harriett and myself assisted the students as they worked together to make this vegan friendly desert!

The results were delicious! If you’d like to try yourself at home here’s how:

Ingredients

5 tablespoons sunflower oil

200g dark chocolate (dairy free if you want to make it vegan)

170g of self-raising flour

3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder

180g golden caster sugar

230ml coconut milk

200g walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Stir in the oil, milk and melted chocolate until combined.
  4. Roughly chop and stir in the remaining chocolate and most of the nuts reserving a few for the top. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining pecans, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
  5. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack, and then serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you’re feeling extra indulgent.

 

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.

Cooking with Bianca!! 11th October

After it’s popularity last month Lexis student and Chef Bianca kindly agreed to host another cooking class for us!

This time she showed us how to make a sweet, simple, quick, cheap, tasty snack!! Everything you could ever want!

She started by giving everyone some fruit to cut (strawberries, kiwis, bananas, berries, and apples), whilst she made a warm mixture of condensed milk, coconut and cream!

We all then went outside and she demonstrated the best way to present and layer our ingredients onto toast, explaining what flavours and colours work well together to make it look good, as well as taste good!

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It was absolutely delicious; so much so that none of us cared that we had nutella all over our faces!! Renata, while enjoying her second, described it as ‘the best day of here life’!

Luckily Bianca loves sharing her passion and knowledge of cooking with others as her fellows students have asked for this to be a regular activity! 🙂 🙂

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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.

September in Photos!!

Cambridge Welcome Party!

 

Peruvian Cooking!

 

End of Course BBQ!

 

Tie Dye!

 

Volleyball!

 

Table Tennis Tournament!

 

Skateboarding!

 

Beer Tasting!

 

Cooking with Bianca!

 

Slacklining!

 

Soccer Challenge Against SAE!!

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Coffee Lounges!

 

Breakfast Club!

Lots of Surfing!!

 

77 New Starters!

 

17 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.