Cooking with Chocolate! 6th September

For our Cooking with Chocolate activity on Friday we made delicious Vegan Brownies!

It was a stunning afternoon and many students had all ready left campus to go enjoy the beach..

But that just meant more brownie for those lucky students who were still around!

We all worked as a team, following the below recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons coconut 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 raspberries
  • 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. Chop and stir in the raspberries, 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 walnuts, 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.

This was a simple recipe to follow that could be easily adapted with different chocolate, nuts or fruit depending on your taste.

After 25 minutes in the oven, our patience had worn thin and we could no longer wait for our chocolate fix. The brownie was still a little bit gooey in the middle, but nobody seemed to mind.  😀

I am all ready looking forward to making these brownies again, they were delicious!

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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.

Cooking with Chocolate – Vegan Brownies! 20 February

For our Cooking with Chocolate activity we made delicious Vegan Brownies!

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We all worked as a team, following the below recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons coconut 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 raspberries
  • 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. Chop and stir in the raspberries, 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 walnuts, 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.

We adapted it slightly by guessing how much of each ingredient to put in, rather than measuring it! We may have been slightly overgenerous with the sugar…

While we patiently waited the 25 minutes for them to bake in the oven, Maria entertained us by taking over the Happy Travels desk. I think selling travel could definitely be a future career for her!

After the timer went off we eagerly took the brownies out the oven and sat down to tuck in…

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Much to our disappointment they were still very gooey in the middle. A few of us (myself included!) were so desperate for our chocolate fix that we were happy to eat them as they were, but the majority voted that we be patient and put them back in the oven for a further 15 minutes!

Back to passing the time we went…

Until they were ready 🙂 🙂 and definitely worth the wait!!

 

 

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.

June in Photos!

VOLLEYBALL!

 

END OF CAMBRIDGE SAUSAGE SIZZLE!

 

CASINO ROYALE!

 

TABLE TENNIS!

 

VEGAN COOKING!

 

SOCCER MATCH!

 

JEWELLERY MAKING!

 

WINE AND CHEESE TASTING!

 

PIZZA MAKING!

 

COFFEE CLUBS!

 

13 NEW STARTERS!

 

45 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.

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

 

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

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.

January 2018 in Photos!

CAMBRIDGE WELCOME SAUSAGE SIZZLE!

POKER TOURNAMENT!

BODY BOARDING!

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VEGAN COOKING!

VOLLEYBALL!

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TABLE TENNIS!

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Morning Winner: Anthony

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3 time Champion Brice!!!

BOOMERANG PAINTING!

BEER TASTING!

JEWELLERY MAKING!

SLACKLINING!

BEACH PICNIC!

COFFEE CLUB!

70 NEW STARTERS!

21 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.