jueves, 8 de enero de 2015

Happy New Year

Our teacher Alyson says: "1 January is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."


viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2012

Mia's Cake!!!

(for the sponge cake)
4 eggs
125 g. sugar
125 g. flour
2 spoonfuls of powdered cocoa
butter for the baking pan
(for the covering)
250 ml whipped cream
100 g dark chocolate (to melt)
crushed almonds

1. Separate egg yolks from whites. Place in different bowls. Whisk egg whites until stiff and leave for later.
2. Mix egg yolks and sugar and beat until yellow starts turning whitish.
3. Mix flour and powdered cocoa.
4. Very slowly add egg whites to the sugar and yolk mixture and stir until you have a uniform batter. Then sift the flour and cocoa into this mixture and mix until batter is uniform again.
5. Pour the batter into a buttered baking pan and bake at 180ºC for 20 minutes.
6. While it bakes, melt the chocolate in a bowl. You can do it in the microwave. Just heat for a minute, stir the chocolate and repeat until it’s totally melted. Leave to cool for a minute.
7. Carefully and slowly mix whipped cream with melted chocolate until you can’t distinguish either from the other. Leave in the fridge to cool, for at least an hour.
8. When sponge cake is cool, place on a plate and generously cover with the chocolate truffle making sure the sides are covered too.
9. Finally, sprinkle with crushed almonds and leave in the fridge to cool until serving.
(10. Additionally, it can also be filled with filling of choice: marmalade, truffle, fruit, etc.)

miércoles, 30 de mayo de 2012


In honor of Marilyn Monroe's 86 birth anniversary... an interesting factoid:

The dress she wore while singing "happy birthday" to president JFK was so tight she had to be sewn into it.

viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

“Who´s your Don Juan?”

Don Juan is the name of a fictional Spanish nobleman whose womanizing career ended when a stone statue carried him off to hell. He has been capturing the imagination of poets and playwrights since 1630.
In 1823, George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron) observed of the strange relationship between Don Juan and Lady Adeline Amundeville in Canto XIV of his satiric poem called Don Juan, “Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange, – stranger than fiction,” thus coining the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction.” The beautiful Adeline – “the fair most fatal Juan ever met” – would resist Don Juan.
Back on earth, the legendary romantic enjoys happier times. It was in the 1926 film version of Don Juan that actor John Barrymore set the record for the most kisses ever in a single movie. Barrymore embraced Mary Astor (as Adriana della Varnese) and Estelle Taylor (in the role of Lucrezia Borgia) 127 times.


Looking back 100 years!

How times have changed! 
100 years ago there were less than 20,000 motorcars in the whole world, a lot of them being electric cars. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph (16km/h). The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, at 1,063 ft (324 meters).
Most women washed their hair only once a month using egg yolks for shampoo. Eggs cost about 10 cents per dozen. And pneumonia and influenza were the leading causes of death.
In 1910, the population of the United States was 92 million and the world population was 1.7 billion people.
Today, there are more cars manufactured than there is demand for it. There are about 1 billion cars and light trucks on the road, half of them in the United States. The maximum speed limit in most cities is 30 mph, yet the traffic is so congested that the average speed is just over 10 mph. The tallest building is the Burj Dubai, at 2,640 ft (800 meters).
Women wash their hair on average once a week – using any of thousands of products. Eggs cost $2 per dozen on average. And the leading causes of death are heart attacks, cancers, strokes, and motorcar accidents.
Today, the population of the United States numbers 300 million and almost 7 billion roam the earth.


It takes the earth one day to complete one spin on its axis. The time it takes the earth to complete one trip around the sun is a year. But these units of time don?t divide evenly, resulting in our calendar year being 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and a little over 45 seconds long. Every 4 years we take those extra hours and minutes and fit it in an extra day, on February 29th, which we call Leap Day. Every fourth year thus is Leap Year. If we did not have the extra day every
4 years, in 100 years our calendar would be off by 24 days.

2012 is a Leap Year. As was 2008 and 2004 and the year 2000. Normally, a year that can be evenly divided by 100 is not a Leap Year but if it is divisible by 400 then it is. Thus the year 2000 was a Leap Year but the year 1000 was not and neither would be the year 3000.

The Chinese calendar has a leap month about every 3 years and the name of the leap month is the same as the previous lunar month. The Jewish calendar has a leap year 7 times in a 19-year cycle.

The chance of being born on Leap Day in the Gregorian calendar is about 1 in 1470, which means little more than 4 million people (out of a world population of 7 billion) have their birthdays on Leap Day whereas on average approximately 19 million people share a birthday every day other than Leap Day. Because Superman always appears so young and because nobody knows for sure how old he is, tradition has it that he is a Leap Year Baby.

Ladies, if he did not pop the big question on Valentine?s Day then February 29th is your day because tradition has it that a woman can propose to a man on Leap Day.

(source: didyouknow.org)