Monday, 30 November 2009

Happy Saint Andrew's Day


I'd like to wish all my namesakes a blessed St. Andrew's day and of course to all Scots.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave in Oroshaza


I would like to thank Ildiko Kristof and the entire English department at the Tancsics Mihaly Secondary School in Oroshaza for having me over to speak about the USA.  It was a pleasure to present to a group of about 90 students.  The school really is a beautiful institution( http://www.tancsics-ohaza.sulinet.hu/ )and they are hosting a week dedicated to the USA.  My talk was sponsored by MM Publications - ELT Hungary.  We looked at a bit of history, literature, sport, popular culture etc.  Hope to see you all again.

Sunday, 15 November 2009



I've been having a relaxing weekend at home again and so it was an opportunity to get into the kitchen and try out some of the cook books I got for my birthday.  Yesterday I made mulligatawny soup (Gordon recipe) and pizza fritta (Jamie), both the family and the evening guests enjoyed them, so they'll be on the menu again.  As I write, some pork belly is roasting and vegetables are being parboiled.  Lunch will soon be served!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

New Presentations





Yesterday at the MM Publications English teachers' conference I gave a talk on Native North Americans and did a workshop on cooking in the English classroom.  The venue was a super modern building on the ELTE campus and as such it was impossible to use a hotplate, so last Thursday a film crew came out and recorded me at work with the students. Live at the conference I made a trifle with the teachers, actually we made three-four huge bowls of trifle and showed the two videos of me cooking in the classroom.  At the end there was a dessert for all.
Have a look at the how to make pancakes and Welsh rarebit with your students.





Friday, 6 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November 2009