Thai Cooking! October 19

Today we got into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking.

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We cooked up a Thai Green Curry, in both the morning and afternoon sessions, and it was delicious!

The students learnt many new words and phrases to do with cooking (such as ‘grater‘, ‘to drain‘ and ‘ladle‘) and the ingredients we used (for example, ‘water chestnuts‘, ‘kaffir lime leaves‘, and for Othman who had never heard of it before, ‘tofu‘).

In the afternoon we even had a trained chef help us out! Lear is a student at Lexis but is also an excellent chef so he taught us a few tricks with frying tofu, juicing limes and chopping chillies!

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Here is the recipe for anyone who wants to try this at home…

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Ingredients

Oil 300g tofu
4cm piece of ginger 200g sliced water chestnuts
½ lemongrass stalk 1 small broccoli
240g Thai green curry paste 150g baby corn
500ml coconut milk 250g snow peas
500ml vegetable stock 250g bean sprouts
2-3 kaffir lime leaves 1/3 cup chopped salted peanuts
4 tsp sugar 1 small red chilli
Juice from 2 limes 250g rice noodles

 

Method

  1. Using the small holes on a grater, grate the ginger and lemongrass. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and lemongrass, and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add coconut milk and stock, stir to combine. Add kaffir lime leaves and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a frying pan, heat some oil. Cut tofu into 1cm cubes, then fry over medium heat until lightly browned on all sides.
  4. Add sugar, lime juice and tofu to the curry. Simmer for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the water chestnuts.
  1. Cook the rice noodles then drain. Cut the broccoli into small florets then cook in boiling water for 2 minutes. Trim the ends of the snow peas and the bok choy into quarters then add to saucepan with broccoli to cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Drain the bean sprouts and slice the red chilli ready for serving.
  3. Divide the cooked vegetables between serving bowls. Pour green curry over the vegetables. Garnish with bean sprouts, peanuts and red chilli.

 

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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.

October Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of OCTOBER and we have an exciting month of activities planned in the mornings and afternoons especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stef in the garden from 11-12 and with Fee in Room 8 from 2:15 to 3:15. Don’t forget that the 3rd of October is a Public Holiday, so there will be no school next Monday!

On Tuesdays we have Coffee Lounge, which gives our students the opportunity to practice their English and get to know each other while enjoying great coffee and yummy TimTams!

On Wednesdays we will start the month with a Table Tennis Tournament to find this month’s Lexis Champion. I have noticed a lot of students using the new table, practicing for the next tournament so there is sure to be some good competition! The following week we have Flavio coming by at 11am to teach us how to Skateboard and Chloe will be here at 2pm to run a Mindfulness meditation for our students. Later in the month we are getting into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking, exploring the delicious flavours of Thailand while making a traditional Green Curry. Then to finish off the month we have Pizza and Pictionary in the morning, which will be a fun way to learn some new English words and phrases, and in the afternoon we can get creative while learning about Aboriginal Australian culture at Boomerang Painting.

Every second Thursday we have the very popular 1-hour Surf Lesson with the team at Lets Go Surfing. These lessons are only $20 and are a great way to give surfing a try before booking more lessons to help you become a real Byron Surfer!  Alternating with this, we have Job Club for those students looking for work in Byron Bay and wanting extra help with writing their resume, preparing for interviews and applying for jobs.

On Fridays we will celebrate the first week of the course book next week with a Start of Course BBQ in the front garden, both in the morning and afternoon. For the rest of the month we are getting active, with Volleyball and Soccer on different days (in the garden for the morning session and at the beach for the afternoon), and a morning session of Slacklining in the garden with Olmo and a Bike Ride to Tallows Beach in the afternoon.

 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.

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!

Don’t forget that you can book your 3-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!

Have a great month!🙂

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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.

Thai Cooking! August 10

This afternoon we spent some time in the Student Kitchen cooking a Thai Green Curry!

After grating, chopping, slicing, stirring, frying and simmering (and learning what all these words mean), the result was a very aromatic and delicious curry.

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Check out the recipe below to make it yourself at home!

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Ingredients

Oil 400g tofu
6cm piece of ginger 2/3 cup sliced water chestnuts
1 lemongrass stalk 2/3 cup Thai basil leaves
4 garlic cloves 600g rice noodles
200g Thai green curry paste 500g broccoli
800ml coconut milk 250g baby corn
3 cups vegetable stock 500g snow peas
4 kaffir lime leaves 2 cups bean sprouts
4 tsp sugar ½ cup chopped salted peanuts
4 Tbsp lime juice 2 limes
2 bunches baby bok choy 1 red chilli

Method

  1. Using the small holes on a grater, grate the ginger, lemongrass and garlic. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, lemongrass and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add coconut milk and stock, stir to combine. Add kaffir lime leaves and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a frying pan, heat some oil. Cut tofu into 1cm cubes, then fry over medium heat until lightly browned on all sides.
  4. Add sugar, lime juice and tofu to the curry. Simmer for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the water chestnuts and most of the basil leaves (leave some for garnish).
  5. Cook the rice noodles then drain. Cut the broccoli into small florets and the bok choy into quarters then cook in boiling water for 2 minutes. Trim the ends of the snow peas and chop baby corn into 1cm pieces then add to saucepan with broccoli and bok choy to cook for a further 1 minute. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  6. Cut the ends off the bean sprouts, cut the lime into quarters and slice the red chilli ready for serving.
  7. To serve, divide the noodles and cooked vegetables between serving bowls. Pour green curry over the vegetables. Garnish with bean sprouts, peanuts, red chilli, Thai basil leaves and lime wedges.

Serves 6

 

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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.

Thai Cooking! With Gabriel

This afternoon, Gabriel demonstrated how to make Thai Green Curry in the student kitchen (with a little help from myself and Iara!)

First, he prepared the vegetables and added spices, salt and pepper to the chicken. 12784303_10156512222725612_1011654556_n12784544_10156512222600612_546373127_n

Once they were cooked, he added green curry paste and then coconut milk. While the curry was simmering he cooked the rice.

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The finished curry smelt and tasted delicious – thanks for the demonstration, Gabriel!

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