Sunday, February 25, 2007
American lunch with Laurie
Friday I went to my tiny 40 student visit school in Ine. The students' English level is pretty low, so I think my role there is more of a "cultural" one rather than a "teaching" one. So, what better way of sharing cultures than cooking? And better yet, having them cook/prepare my favorite foods for me? The class of 6 prepared "ants on a log", grilled ham and cheese (some with tomato) sandwiches, peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches, and s'mores. "Peanuts butter" is not a common food in Japanese culture, so they were really disturbed and confused with the pairing of it with the celery and even with the jam!!'m not sure that the lunch was universally loved (Kumi whipped up a shitake/miso soup to um, compliment the lunch, but there was definitely a lot of polite head nodding and "OISHIIIIII!!!!" ("delicious!!!") being praised. I also insisted that each person had to make their own s'more but it wasn't until I demonstrated the roasting of the marshmallows did they finally understand why I thought it would be fun. Next I'll teach them "I'm a chubby bunny".