Meeting #10: Comida Mexicana… und deutscher Apfelkuchen

What is there better to explore another culture than to wander through the cooking books and search for some delicious sounding meals?

Considering that we wanted to do a cooking evening since the beginning, but until now we just managed to visit restaurants, we decided to finally just do it, because also our time is running out slowly but static. We met at Oscars places and searched for recipes, both of Mexican and German food. Since we all loved the fajitas at “Pancho Villa” we decided to pick it as our main dish, whereas our dessert should be a traditional German cake – Der Apfelkuchen (Apple pie). During our search we also learned some new vocabulary that we noted down, like:

Apple – manzana
Pie – pastel
Dough – pasteles
Salad – lechuga
Beans – frijoles
to bake – hornear
to cook – cocinar

On the other side we translated words from English into German. After that we went to shop the ingredients and after that started to cook. We talked about cooking and also eating culture in our countries. How important it is to have dinner with your family, at least on one day in the week – for instance in Germany. The dinner was very nice and the dessert formed a glorious finish to our senses of taste.

If I now look back to the learning outcomes for today and also the last sessions we had, I have to say that the most positive point out of it was probably the very free learning situation. We talked about the stuff we were interested in and also the exchange between our both cultures was very great and open minded. One thing that we maybe could concentrate more is grammar, but I think it is difficult to teach this properly in such a short time. But we should try to talk more about that, too.

Buenas noches!

PS: here is the pie recipe!
6 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream
1 prepared pie crust

Press the pie crust into the bottom of a big pie plate. Crimp the edges (if you are feeling fancy) or simply smooth the edges until they are relatively smooth. Whisk together the dry ingredients and sprinkle over the apples in a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat all the pieces and then place the apples into the pie crust. Pour the cream over the apples and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 55-60 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

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