28 Jan 2015

Vegan and vegetarian Christmas menu by Natacha and Eva

Here you are some interesting links:

Vegan and vegetarian people also eat for Christmas!

They celebrate these dates and also their recipes are mainly made of legumes, vegetables, fruits...

Do you know the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

First, neither vegans nor vegetarians eat meat although a vegetarian tends to consume dairy products such as cheese, eggs, yoghurt or milk while a vegan eliminates from his or her diet all kind of animal products and he or she doesn't wear any garment or complement made from animal by-products such as wool and silk, for example.

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Starter: Cream of pumpkin soup

It's easy and ready in just 30 minutes.  The ingredients are olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, sugar, salt and, of course, pumpkin.


Heat oil in a large saucepan and then add onion and cook it for two minutes. Add garlic and the vegetables you prefer such as pumpkin, potatoes...  Add 500 ml water and wait until boiling and then reduce heat to low, cover and cook it for 25 minutes approximately.

Transfer to a blender and whisk or whip until smooth, then season and cook it again over low heat for a few minutes. Serve into bowls and drizzle with extra oil.

Main: Baked Cannelloni

It's very easy and a great recipe!

Preheat the oven to 190º C and mix different kinds of cheese such as parmesan, mascarpone and taleggio cheese with lemon zest and juice, some walnuts and stir the mix with some previously cooked spinach.
Put a good spoonful of that mixture along one of the lasagne sheets and roll it up.  Repeat it with each one and put them in an oven dish.
Finally, drizzle with parmesan cheese, cover with foil and bake it in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Dessert: Eggless Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • cups grated carrots
  • cup crushed pineapple

  • Directions:
  1. 1
    In a small bowl mix baking powder and applesause into a foamy mixture, set aside.
  2. 2
    In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. 3
    Add oil, carrots, pineapple (some of the juice might help), and applesauce mixture.
  4. 4
    Mix well.
  5. 5
    Add flaked coconut, nuts, or raisins if desired.
  6. 6
    Scoop mixture into 24 cupcake liners.
  7. 7
    Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or 165 º Celsius for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. 8
    Once cooled, frost with icing (powdered sugar, 'fake' butter, vanilla, and water).

Or Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding

This is a simple, smooth and creamy vegan chocolate pudding.  I like to use ground chocolate as a substitute for the cocoa.

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 cups soy milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water to form a paste.
  2. In large saucepan over medium heat, stir together soy milk, vanilla, sugar, cocoa and cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Allow to cool five minutes, then chill in refrigerator until completely cool.
  3. Preparation 10 minutes.
  4. Cook 10 minutes.
  5. Ready in 45 minutes.
  6. Which dessert would you prefere eggless vegan carrots cupcakes or dairy free chocolate pudding?

And now, some questions to debate:

  • Do you know any vegan or vegetarian person?
  • Have you ever been in a vegetarian restaurant?
  • Do you think it would be difficult to invite a vegetarian person to have dinner at your place?  I mean, do you think you would have difficulties when thinking and preparing the menu?  Why do you think so?

26 Jan 2015


One year ago, my girlfriend and I decided to advance in our relationship. Both undertook a new path in La Puebla de Alfindén, since we bought a cute house. Our beautiful home has got a nice big garden that, nowadays, it's our ecological supermarket, that is, our home-loving vegetable garden. Really, we are very happy since we are growing all kinds of vegetables such as, tomatoes, carrots, onions, aubergines, garlics, potatoes, radishes, lettuces, celeries, leeks, Swiss chards, spinaches, artichokes, cauliflowers, and much much more.
Depending on the season, there are more suitable seeds to cultivate than others. For instance, now, autumn is a good period for planting grains and seeds such as rabishes, broad beans, garlics, artichokes, celeries, leeks, Swiss chards, peppers, cauliflowers and so on. If you would like vegetables out of season, you'll have to buy and install a greenhouse. It's a handy advice if you would like to eat tomatoes or courgettes in winter. 
On the other hand, you can also plant a lot of fruit trees. We have planted two cherry trees, two apple trees, two laurels (trees), an olive tree, a lemon tree and an orange tree. If you would like to plant some fruit tree, be careful if you only buy one of each sort, because they have to pollinate!.
In addition, if you have some pot .... 

Therefore, you'll need to take care of your plants, flowers, fruit trees and to prevent possible plagues and diseases, to water abundantly above all in summer and to use organic fertilizer to contribute to protect the environment. 

  • Have you ever grown vegetables?
  •  Would you like to have your own home-loving vegetable patch?
  •  Do you dare to try it?
  • Do you think you would be a good farmer?  Give reasons. 


Image Source: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening

23 Jan 2015


Let's go to visit the globe in 80 dishes.

Choose one, learn and read about it, watch the video 
and share it at class.


Hello everyone,

  I am a secretary and I travel very often on business, for this reason I need to sell my flat in London.  My flat has got two 18 m2 bedrooms, both with bathroom inside, a 25 m2 living-dining room, a 20 m2 kitchen with a fridge, a washing machine, a microwave, a coffee pot and different tableware, a toilet and an entrance hall.  It has got two floors, every one of which are 90 square metres. My flat is very light-filled and very well decorated.

This is my flat, it is near the City University London, a public research university.  It is also near Islington Museum and in front of Northamptom square Garden. my flat is very well located in a central London street.  The price is three hundred thousand pounds, and it is also in rent, then the price is five hundred pounds a month more other five hundred as a security deposit.  It is ideal for students or married couple with a child.

It is well furnished and provided with air conditioning and heating, if you have a car you can park it on the front.

My telephone number is national 0200123456 and international is 0044020123456.

I hope your phone call. Thanks.


19 Jan 2015

TRANSGENIC FOOD by Amilka, Eva and Marta


Are you able to guess which one of these pictures is a transgenic food?

  Picture 1.
Picture 2
Picture 3

 Picture 4

Our modern way of living contributes to new pathologies. Many diseases in modern life such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, hypertension, and obesity are all the result of digestive disorders, and others as lactose intolerance and coeliac problems have their roots, cause or origin in the kind of food we eat and the way it is prepared or processed.
We are what we eat. Chemical products sprayed in farms, gases used for artificial ripening of fruits and preservatives used for canning and tinning are present in our daily diet, we eat a lot of chemicals.  In a low quantity nothing happens but in a prolonged intake, it would be probably harmful.


What is a transgenic food?

It's a definition about the foods that have been genetically-modified (GMO). Genetically modified organisms are those whose genome has been altered by molecular and genetical engineering techniques and this modification can be inherited.

When the modification of DNA is produced by the incorporation into genome of a fragment of DNA to other species, these GMO are called “transgenics” if they are plants and animals or “recombinat” if they are microorganisms.

This subject has divided the world into two opposed ways of thinking, we are going to try to explain it in a few words. 


1.- Food is more tempting and nutritive also it can have different colours , shapes, sizes...

2.- The plants grow and get a faster development because they have a higher disease resistance and cold tolerance.

3.- They do not need pesticides. Consumers do not want to eat food which has been treated with pesticides.

4.- Nutrition. It would be possible to create for example rice with additional vitamins  and minerals, and it could feed population in the third world.

5.-Vaccine. We can use the transgenic plants to give immunity against infectious diseases.
It is very difficult to bring vaccines to the third world and that they arrive to all people,  besides we must take into account the problem of maintenance, since the vaccines need refrigeration, and the problem to administration. The oral vaccines are easier to administer than the injectable ones. 

Do you want to see a food vaccine?  Clik in the next video.

How to make a food vaccine:


Actually, we don't really know how it affects to the Earth, animals and humans, but we have to read between the lines about the supposed benefits.

1.- Modified Plants and animals can have unexpected and harmful genetic changes.

2.- Modified organisms can mixed with natural organisms and they can lead and even get to the extinction of the original ones.

3.-  Plants can be less resistant to some plagues and more susceptible to others.

4.- Suspicion behind some allergies is around transgenic food.  Some allergies are under transgenic food suspicion.

                        Are you for or against transgenic foods?
                            Take up a stance and share it! 

15 Jan 2015



  • Do you try to follow a Mediterranean diet?
  •  Do you think Spaniards eat in a better way than Americans?
  • Does your mother, mother-in-law, granny or any elder relative than you, cook better than you?
  • How long do you usually stay preparing dinner?
  •  Is fast food so widely spread in Spain?
  •  How many times a week do you usually eat out in a restaurant, bar or similar?
  •  How often do you bring home prepared food?  I mean, Chinese food, pizza, Italian food?
  •  About these two last questions, do you think English or American people do it in a similar way than Spaniards?
  •  Could you live and manage in a house without a cooker, a glass-ceramic hob, an induction hob or an oven? 
  •  Do you know than in some American houses there is only a micro wave?  Whan do you think about it?
  • ... ... ...                        ... ... ...

13 Jan 2015

Christmas menu by Laura and Vanesa



Sweet onion and chestnut soup

Ham and wild rabbit terrine

with piccadilli and sourdough bread

Roasted squash, beetroot and barley and blue cheese salad

with candied walnuts

Smoked salmon, smashed eggs, dill pickle and cream fraiche

with rustic toast

  Roast pigeon and pancetta risotto

with micro herbs, sauteed chesnuts and parmesan crisp


British rare breed sirloin steak

with blue cheese bonbons, shallot and thyme puree and organic beer potato fondant

Maple roasted pork fillet and black pudding croutons 

with parsnip puree, celeriac and potato gratin and winter greens

Roulade of pumpkin, sage and ricotta

with chives, potatoes, rocket and pesto

Roast turkey with vegetables and nuts

with all the trimmings

Thyme roasted cod filled

with clam and chapagne veloute, wilted red chard and mash


Winter berry eton mess

with cranberry marshmallow

Chocolate swiss roll

with coffee cream and homemade honey and almond ice cream

Pecan nut tart

with Jack Daniel´s ice cream

Christmas puding ice cream sundae

North west cheese plate with quince jelly and chutney

Do you like the menu? Now, it is time to imagine that you are in a restaurant. Try to guess which plate fits with its image.

You put in pairs and one of you will be the waiter or waitress and the other, will be the customer. If you don't know how it is a plate you can ask us and don't forget to request advice if needed.

Don't have a sweet-tooth! You can't repeat dessert!

Bon appétit, enjoy your meal and don't forget to toast with your companion!  Cheers!