Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in Great Britain since the 16th century.
It always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, so therefore it is not a fixed date (this year it is the 2nd March).
Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday or Mid-Lent Sunday.
It was called Refreshment Sunday because the fasting for Lent was relaxed.
Approximately four hundred years ago people who lived in small villages made a point of not going to their local church but attending a service at their nearest town or city, to the 'Mother Church'.
If they had visited the Mother Church they would say they had gone a 'Mothering'.
Young boys or girls who worked in service were allowed the day to visit their families.
They would take a small gift of eggs or flowers (which they would have gathered on the way home). Sometimes the cook would have allowed them to bake a 'Simnel cake'.
Nowadays a Simnel cake is often baked as an Easter cake.
In modern Great Britain mothering Sunday is celebrated by children giving their mother's cards and giftsoften flowers or chocolates.
Many families go out for a traditional Sunday roast dinner to give mum the day off!
Mnay churches still celebrate by holding a special mothering Sunday service so that children can offer thanks to their mothers.
Children are given a small posy of flowers to present to their mother's.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Translated by Anna Tolwińska
KRAK – SUBTITLES
CITIZEN : Listen to my favourite storyAbout Prince Krak who seemed to worry.
PRINCE KRAK: I am still my eye keeping. On that cave where dragon’s sleeping.
DRAGON: My heart is made of heavy stone. I’ll take Krak’s daughter, she will be gone.
PRINCESS: Oh no, bad dragon, leave me alone!
CITIZEN : Mother starts crying as well as Krak.
KRAK: Give my little daughter back!Give me back my little baby!
DRAGON: NO, she’ll be my beloved lady!
CITIZEN: The boy named Skuba lived there too. And he knew what to do.
SKUBA: I will buy some sulphur tomorrow to fulfill the sheepskin with no sorrow. When the dragon eats his meal I ensure he will be ill. He is not very suspicious.
DRAGON: Oh, that sheep looks so delicious!
CITIZEN: The dragon has got stomach ache. So he know the sheep was fake.
SKUBA: The bad dragon is our pastSo please marry me at last!
PRINCESS: As you see I’m Skuba’s bride and I’m telling this with pride.
Look at the most beautiful flowers for the dearest mothers.
Translated by Kinga Krasowska, class 5A
Moja kochana Mama
Moja mama jest kochana
Potem chlebek kupi w sklepie
I masełkiem posmaruje,
My mother is one of the dearest.
Later she buys bread in the shop
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We hope that very mum enjoys the cake :)
What you need:
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup + 2 Tb cocoa
1 cup + 2 Tb water
1 cup + 2 Tb canola oil
5 large eggs
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
3.4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp or so liquid flavoring, vanilla, rum, or cognac
1 1/2 cupbutter, firm, not cold
Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~ 25-35 Min.
In a large bowl, sift or whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and cocoa. Add 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of water and 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Mix for 1 minute.Add eggs, 3/4 cup of water, vanilla. Mix 5-6 minutes with a whisk, 3-4 minutes with a hand mixer.Pour into pans, bake, test by placing and removing a toothpick through the center at 25 minutes. When toothpick comes out clean, loosen from pans and then put back in the pans. Let cakes cool for 15 minutes. Keep in the pans, wrap in foil, and put in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
Frosting:Put powdered sugar and 3/4 cup cocoa into a blender, mix until blended. Drizzle in, until about the consistency of firm butter, several tablespoons of flavoring liquid. When the flavor and consistency is right, add 1 1/2 cup of butter (firm, not cold and not too soft). A good rule of thumb is that both the butter and the sugar mixture should be slightly firmer than you would want it to be to spread it, since the mixing action of the blender will warm it slightly. Mix until blended.
Remove the cakes from the freezer and from their pans. Stack, frosting each layer as you go. Let sit for an hour before serving.