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子供食堂・The children's cafeteria








On Saturday March 30th we held the "Children's cafeteria". Many parents and children, adult English students, and Brazilians also participated, and people of all ages and nationalities cooperated in cooking. We were able to experience the difference in culture through cooking, and everyone had a good time.

The theme this time was "Indian food". India is the country of origin of one of our English teachers, Yashpal sensei, and Ranie sensei has been going to India to study yoga and to accompany many students. While India's most famous food is probably curry, this time we made samosa, halva, and chai.

First of all, let's talk about Samosa. Samosa is food made of crushed potato, onion, and other vegetables, and seasoned with spices such as cumin. It is then wrapped in a triangle with a thin skin made of wheat flour (like that of spring rolls) and fried in oil, even though it is considered a light meal. This time we started from the skin. Kneading the flour was a time-consuming task, but the children were very helpful. Adults helped with kitchen knives, while children were in charge of stretching the scenes and mixing the ingredients. While the dough rested, we made the filling, then wrapped it in a triangle and fried it in oil. Samosa is crispy and has a slight curry flavor. It was very popular with children! Some students ate only the left-over filling, saying, "It's delicious, we can't stop!"

Next we cooked Halva. Halva is a sweet dessert made of semolina. We mixed the ingredients and fried until golden. This was also a time-consuming task, but everyone took turns and helped frying, as it increasingly smelled good. Many of the participants were looking forward to having Halva for the first time and couldn't imagine what kind of taste it could have. The result was a cream-colored paste-like dough with nuts and raisins. It has a slight spice taste and is very delicious!

All dishes were served with chai, which was spicy and delicious. Every dish was delicious and we had a happy time full of smiles. While at first some of us struggled communicating with people from other countries, we were able to communicate naturally while cooking together. Not only we learned how to cook new delicious foods, but we also practiced English in a real life situation. We had a wonderful time through this cultural exchange filled by many smiles.