Hand picked activities with Kids in.


childrencookery

Hello folks,

I hope life is treating you well

I recently came across the” kids in” website and by browsing it, I found loads of activities for children; from holiday clubs to birthday parties you name it. The best activities are hand picked for the best experience your child will benefit from. They operate all around London and in many cases the entertainers will come straight to your place at your  convenience. However, activities are also carry out in nursery and schools, a wide choice is given.

Birthday parties vary from cooking to science and are customised to the client’s wishes.

I highly recommend their services, here is their website www.kidsin.club so you can have a look, do not miss out!

 

Children Second Language oral skills are linked to social interaction more than general intelligence.


Mum & Daughter bonding

Mum and daughter bonding

Antoher aspect related to the relationship between language and cognition that helps in understanding the capacities that dual learning children possess, is the connection between general intelligence and second language learning. General intelligence in this context refers to those skills that children need to be successful in school such as analytical thinking, problem solving and creativity (Paradis et al 2011). These kind of abilities are usually assessed by IQ tests, yet this idea of intelligence is controversial and totally criticised by some individuals, however, it appears to be broadly accepted among the majority of people. The link between general intelligence and second language learning is of particular importance to researchers as parents and educators are mostly concerned that children with levels of intelligence below the average are not able to learn a second language and that the introduction of another language will be so intellectually challenging that it will damage their “first” language development. Paradis et al 2011 dispel this myth by asserting that empirical research has proven that children with intelligence below the norm, score as their monolingual peers with the same low level of intelligence in programs designed for foreign language learning. General intelligence tests are focused to examine those skills as already mentioned that will be necessary for the child’s academic success. In fact, the children who usually obtain high scores in these tests are able to achieve high scores in reading and writing tests. Conversely, general intelligence test do not seem to have high correlations to the acquisition of oral language and listening abilities whose development is linked to social interaction. This could be due to the influence that other factors have on children’s daily communication. In fact, regardless of their intellectual capacity, young children are able to acquire a second language if a necessary language exposure is experienced. Nevertheless, some children can be slower as they might have a lower language aptitude or they could have been affected by traumatic experiences such as food deprivation and post-war shock, which is the case with most refugee children.  It is of crucial importance for professionals to analyse the social and personal circumstances concerning children having difficulties in learning a second language in order to assess the situation correctly.

Experience the real Italian experience with your child

Nonna Lena’s tiramisu


 

No need to put any liquor, this recipe follows the traditional art of making tiramisu. In fact, tiramisu was initially born without liquor as was destined to adults and children. However, as there is plenty of coffee in the dessert I would suggest to replace coffee with hot chocolate for children if you do not want to have a sleepless night!

Ingredients for 8 people: cocoa powder for sprinkling, mocha coffee enough to deep the savoiardi biscuits. 400 gr of savoiardi, in English lady fingers. 500 gr Mascarpone, 6 medium eggs, 120gr of sugar plus 2 spoons of coffee (optional).

Procedure: Prepare the coffee and leave it to cool. Divide the egg whites from the yolks. Beat the egg whites till stiff; in a medium bowl place the sugar and the yolks and beat them until you achieve a smooth mixture. Then add mascarpone and beat all together until you get a frothy, homogenous cream. With a wooden spoon, slowly pour the egg whites into the cream and slowly mix them stirring them from the bottom towards the top. Take a baking pan or an oven dish. Start dipping the savoiardi in the coffee, I personally prefer to give them a quick dip. Then start placing them horizontally and cover with a thick layer of cream. Start again dipping the savoiardi, this time place them vertically. Cover up with all the cream left and sprinkle the cocoa powder on top. Put in the fridge for at least three hours. Please be aware Tiramisu contains raw eggs and therefore has to be refrigerated, consume within two days.

La dolce Vita Event Dolce mangiare


The “Dolce Vita Event” took place last Sunday in London. Luckily enough this year I could attend and I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as we, me and my sister, entered we saw with our greatest excitement a stall from Ariccia (a town near Rome well known for its porchetta). Do you wonder what porchetta is? Well, translating the exact name is quite impossible I can only explain what it is. Porchetta is spit roasted suckling pig flavored with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic and other seasoning. Foodies know that the best part it’s the rind. So we had a fat sandwich along with some red wine from the same region. That was only the start! As you can see below the stalls were amazing; we tried everything from  Galbani mozzarella to the awesome Sicilian sweets. It was a feast for our eyes and for many Italians who live in London who  still love good food. We bought some Sicilian oranges, I had forgotten the taste of real oranges; nothing like you find in the supermarkets or even in the markets here in London. So juicy and tender it was a pleasure even peeling them awaiting to enjoy their flavor. One could argue that all this stuff is easy to find in the Italian deli, however, it is considered luxury in this city. It is weird to see a simple shop called alimentari in Italy transformed into an expensive and luxury boutique in London. Alimentari shops in Italy are simple and affordable, a panini is a cheap choice for Italians to have their lunch. Here, all of a sudden panini becomes a luxury lunch. Not to talk about the beer where some national Italian brands are regarded in the UK as posh and in Italy are just average. Anyway too much writing now I leave you to the pictures which are self-explanatory. ENJOY!

Yummy home made pizza with children


Here the rest of the pictures which show the outcome of pizza making: pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella and pizza with courgettes and mozzarella, delicious, the kids and adults really enjoyed it.

 

Family pizza making time


Last summer, I was lucky enough to go on holidays back to my home town Nettuno a small city on the Tyrrhenian coast, south of Rome. My little cousins were very keen on the idea of making pizza so there we go making the dough, having fun, cooking pizza and of course eating it! I hope to go back soon to make more healthy meals and enjoy the good fun. Educating children to prepare meals from scratch is not only pleasant for them but it a good way to teach them the importance of home food. Children obesity is rapidly increasing in development countries, encouraging your child to eat healthy food and play outdoor instead of being stuck in front of the television will certainly help. I remember when I was a child, video games were hardly out there and we kids used to get together to play every afternoon after school.  Yes, we had toys but also had a great fantasy and there were million games we could do using absolutely nothing. It is indeed a shame that traditional values have been lost giving space to a materialist approach adopted by a lack of time and interest on the parent’s side. I have been working with rich families and I have seen children as young as four playing with Iphones and Ipads. Anyway I will not go into detail. Let’s enjoy the pictures!

Next post will show the outcome: yummy!!!

Nonna Lena Parmigiana Aubergines


Do you want to leave your guests speechless?

Why not try Grandma Lenas’s Parmigiana (Melanzane di nonna Lena)? TASTE AND MAKE YOUR GUESTS

TASTE THE REAL ITALIAN PARMIGIANAJUST LIKE ITALIAN GRANDMAS MAKE IT! Grandma Lena’s Parmigiana. 

Meal preparation time: 3 hours Cooking time: 15/20 minutes Total: 3 hours and 15/20 minutes Ingredients for 4 people: 4 or 5 auberginesplain  flour 700g to be on the safe side. 4/6 eggs, salt, 3/4 mozzarella balls, sunflower-seed oilparmesan cheese, buy @ least 250g.  

Sauce ingredients: 2 bottles of tomato passata, I recommend the organic Sainsbury passata, 1 medium size red onion, olive oil, 2 leaves of basil. Prepare the sauce before you start frying the aubergines. Sauce: Place some olive oil in a pot and add the finely chopped onion, keep it on fire until the onion goes golden, then add the tomato sauce. Stir and salt according to your taste and add some basil. Make it cook for at least 20 minutes @ low flame.

Aubergines:

Peel the aubergines and cut them into regular slices (not too fine, nor too thick). Preserve them in salt for about 2 hours in order to remove the bitterness.

  1. Wash and dry them with a clean cloth.
  2. Put eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and beat them gently.
  3. Place some flour in a bowl and spread some sunflower-seed oil in a saucepan. Leave it over a high flame until it is hot.
  4. Flour the slices of aubergines, then put them in the egg mixture and fry them.
  5. Spread some tomato sauce in a pyrex and lay the first layer of fried aubergines. Add tomato sauce, mozzarella slices and parmesan.
  6. Repeat the procedure until the last layer of aubergines and cover it well with tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. Cook it in the oven for about 15/20 minutes @180 degrees and switch it off when the mozzarella has melt and  become golden brown.

Buon Appetito!