Vegan Cooking – Lemon Slices! 14 June

Last week we made Lemon Slices for our Vegan Cooking activity!

We substituted butter with coconut oil and milk with almond milk to make them vegan friendly!

Everyone worked great together as a team, with everyone having a job to do.

The end results didn’t look quite like the recipe picture, but it they tasted delicious, which is the most important thing!

 

Follow the instructions below to make them at home:

Ingredients

For the base:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened a bit but not melted
  • 1/2 cup unflavored soy or almond milk

For the lemon curd:

  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 4 to 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch turmeric (optional, for color)
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream

For topping:

  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly oil a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. Make the base by stirring together the flour, sugar and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Add the coconut oil and cut it in using a pastry cutter or a fork, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the milk to form a dough, continuing to stir or mix with your hands until it’s nice and uniform.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Place it into the oven and bake just until the edges begin to brown, about 20 minutes.
  4. While the base bakes, make the curd. Place the the lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon extract, salt, and turmeric (if using) into a small saucepan. Whisk until uniformly combined. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the coconut cream. Continue to whisk the mixture constantly as it heats up. The mixture should thicken up quickly once it gets to a simmer. Cook about 1 minute more, continuing to whisk vigorously, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  5. Once the base comes out of the oven, pour the lemon mixture over it, and smooth it out into an even layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake about 15 minutes longer. You should see a few bubbles forming in the curd by this time.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack to cool. The curd will continue to set as it cools. Once it has cooled completely and the curd has set, slice into 16 bars.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe from: https://ohmyveggies.com/vegan-lemon-bars/#XddIFMB3S34iXpVu.99

 

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Crepe Competition! 31 May

Yesterday we had a Crepe Competition here at Lexis Byron!

We worked in 2 teams 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.

Then it was time for the really fun part; to make the tastiest, best presented crepe!

The students had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; including bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, macadamia nuts, honey coasted cashew nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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Everyone’s creations looked and tasted absolutely delicious, but there could only be one winner…

Well done Alex!!! The winner of a 2 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go surfing!!

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June Activity Calendar!

We have another month of fun FREE activities exclusively for our Lexis students!

Calendar

*All activities are at 2pm unless stated otherwise

 Yoga continues every Monday in Room 8. Mats provided!

We’ll also continue to have popular activity Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join me in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and conversations!

To start the month we have a Volleyball match! In the garden or at the beach; meet at reception at 2pm.

Flavio will be coming in on the 6th to teach you some Skateboarding skills.

Thursday the 7th 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!

On the 8th we have a very exciting Casino afternoon! There will be a poker tournament and roulette! Snacks provided!

Our June Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 13th! Beer to be won so get practicing!

For our cooking activities we have Vegan Cooking on the 14th and Pizza Making on the 27th!

Happy Travels will be hosting a Travel Trivia on the 15th with prizes to be won! Refreshments will be provided.

On the 20th we have a Soccer Match against BBELS! This will be at the sports fields, but meet at reception first at 3.30pm 🙂

We’ll be getting creative with Jewellery Making on the 21st.

Friday the 22nd we have Wine and Cheese Tasting, which is sure to be a popular activity!

We have our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 on the 28th. 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! Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

On the 29th we’ll head to beach for a game of Cricket!

*Monday the 11th the school will be closed for the Queens Birthday; a public holiday here in Australia!

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

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!

                                                             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.

Anzac Cookies! 26 April

Last Thursday we baked Anzac Cookies to commemorate Anzac Day.

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We split into groups of three so we could make a few batches and compete for the best!

Although we were all following the same recipe, the results were very different…

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All were delicious though so even after much debate it was hard to decide on a winner!

 

They are very simple to make and only require a few ingredients, you can follow the recipe below at home:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

RECIPE

  • Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl. Place butter, syrup and 2 tablespoons cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir for 2 minutes or until butter has melted. Stir in bicarbonate of soda. Stir butter mixture into oat mixture.
  • Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on trays, 5cm apart. Flatten slightly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden (see note). Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve.

 

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.

May Activity Calendar!

We have another month of fun FREE activities exclusively for our Lexis students!

May Calender

*All activities are at 2pm unless stated otherwise

We continue to have Yoga every Monday in Room 8. Mats provided!

We’ll also continue to have popular activity Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join me in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and conversations!

On the 2nd we have a practice Soccer match in the garden, in preparation for our big Soccer Match against BBELS on the 23rd! This will be at the sports fields, but meet at reception first at 3.30pm 🙂

Teacher Kristy will be leading a Meditation session on the 3rd. Join her in Room 2 for an hour of relaxation and mindfulness.

Friday the 4th we have free Bodyboard and wetsuit hire. Meet at reception at 2pm so everyone can head to the beach together!

On the 9th teacher Mel will be showing you how to make Healthy Brownies in the kitchen!

Volleyball will be on the 10th in the garden.

To end the week on the 11th we’ll be tasting some Beer! 2pm in the student lounge.

We’ll be getting arty on the 16th with Boomerang Painting, and creative on the 24th Making a Dream Catcher!

Our May Table Tennis Tournament is on the 17th.

Iain from Happy Travels will be giving a DJ Beginner Class in the student lounge on the 18th.

To celebrate the End Of Course we’ll be have a Sausage Sizzle in front of school at 2pm on the 25th!

We have our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 on the 30th. 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 $50! Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

On the 31st we’re having a Crepe Competition in the kitchen! All ingredients will be provided and it’s then up to you to produce the tastiest best presented crepes!

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

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 $50!

Have an amazing 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.

April in Photos!

SUSHI MAKING!

VOLLEYBALL!

SKATEBOARDING!

TIE DYE!

BODY BOARDING!

TABLE TENNIS!

SWEET EXCHANGE!

WINE TASTING!

ANZAC DAY BBQ!

ANZAC COOKIES!

COFFEE CLUBS!

28 NEW STARTERS!

14 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.

 

Sushi Making! 5 April

Last week we made some delicious Sushi for our cooking activity!

Our fillings included tuna, salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, carrot and avocado!

Fun and easy to make + tasty to eat = perfect afternoon activity 🙂

 

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.