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New Language App for Children

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Kadho, a new language app for children, helps children recogize sounds in different languages through repetitive games.  I'm trying it on my children and will update you in a few months to report on what they've learned.  What I like so far about their apps is they have special themes(building a tree house, kitchen, etc.) and that it is based on many years of neuroscience research on how the brain learns languages.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-18/new-language-app-based-on-neuroscience

La Chandeleur-CrÍpe Day

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In France, La Chandeleur, also known as "Crêpe Day," is celebrated with food and games. On February 6th, Hillwood Estate in DC is inviting families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion by eating crepes, listening to classic tales told in French and English, and experiencing the exciting culture of Brittany, where crepes originated. Go to http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/ to buy tickets

Galette des rois

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Mme. Rebecca with her daughter, Audrey, and the 12 galettes she made in January. BON APPETIT!

 

During the month of January, the French celebrate « La fête des rois », “ The Kings’ Feast”. It originally started as a religious holiday, celebrating the Epiphany, or the twelfth day of Christmas. It now has been adopted by even non-Christen French, serving a «Galette des rois», “Kings’Cake” after dinner when families have guests over for dinner. La galette usually is an almond-based roundcake with a hidden “fève”, “fava bean or lucky charm”. Each person is serveda piece of the galette. The person whofinds the hidden “fève” in the cake becomes «Roi», “King”, or «Reine» , “Queen” for the day and wears a crown. The King then chooses his Queen or the Queen chooses her King of the day.

 

 

The King’s Cake is also associated with Mardi Gras and Carnival in February. To see a small cartoon based on the book, "Roule Galette" that we read it class, check out Roule Galette

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite galette recipes:

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

 

1. For the filling

 

 

100 g or 4oz of unsalted butter

 

 

100 g or 4 oz of granulated sugar

 

 

2 extra large eggs

 

 

100 g or 4 oz of slivered almonds

 

 

 

2. For the pie:

 

 

1 package of frozen Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry-2 sheets*

 

 

1 egg

 

 

1 tbsp. of honey

 

 

*Thanks to Pepperidge Farm, we don’t have to spend hours to mix the batter with butter to make the puff pastry.

 

 

Preparation of the filling (prepare a while ahead so that it is not too liquid when you use it)

 

 

 

In your blender, finely grind the almonds and sugar. Add the softened butter and 2 eggs. You can flavor with 1 tsp. of rum if you’d like. Keep refrigerated (it can keep a few days in your fridge; it is also wonderful filling for pear or apple pies, etc.)

 

 

 

Preparation of the pie:

 

 

Preheat your oven to 400 F.

 

 

Let your 2 sheets of puff pastry dough reach room temperature. (This is important; if your dough is still cold when you cook it, it will shrink miserably in the oven!) With some flour, roll the first sheet until it reaches the size of your baking plate (you can go as large as 12-15 inches). Cut a circle (a large plate is convenient to cut your shape). Poke little holes in your dough with a fork and place on your baking sheet. Work the second sheet the same way and cut a second circle of dough. Poke holes with the fork and keep aside.

 

 

Break your egg in a little bowl and beat. With a brush, cover about 1 inch on the edge of the first round of dough with the egg (it will help glue the cover). Spread the filling in the center without covering the edges coated with egg (if overfilled, it will leak while baking). Place the second piece of dough exactly on the top of the first piece and press all around the edges to make sure that the two parts are sealed together. Brush the entire top with the egg. With the point of a knife, draw a design in the egg. Cook for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Prepare a syrup from honey and hot water and as soon as you take your pie out of theoven, brush it with the syrup to give it a nice final shine. (La galette sera dorée-The galette will be golden)

 

 

Enjoy! It’s delicious warm! Don't forgot to sneak in a little bean or figurine (if your child is old enough to find it and not put it in his/her mouth)

 

 

 

Bon appétit!

 

Alexandria Sister City Events

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

 

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee presents a conversation on:

 

"Women, Work and Family: A French View"

 

with Sarah Diligenti

 

Executive Director, L’Alliance Française

 

7:00-9:00pm

 

 

The Lyceum

 

201 S. Washington Ave

Alexandria, VA

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

 

 

$5 suggested donation at the door.

 

​RSVP: https://womenworkfamily.eventbrite.com

 

 

www.alexandriacaen.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

 

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee presents a lecture on:

 

"Paris Vivra: France After the Attacks"

 

with Guy Sorman

 

Publisher of France-Amérique

 

7:00-9:00pm

 

 

The Lyceum

 

201 S. Washington Ave

Alexandria, VA

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

 

 

$5 suggested donation at the door.

 

​RSVP: https://guysorman.eventbrite.com

 

 

www.alexandriacaen.wordpress.com

Cajun and Zydeco Dancing and Music

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on September 15, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday, Sept. 18th at 8:30 pm is a dance lesson and music at 9:00pm.  Glen Echo in Maryland.

http://www.dancingbythebayou.com/

LaFayette's French Tall Ship coming to town!

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The French tall ship Herimone will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean from France to the US to commemorate Marquis de Lafayette's trip to the US and his importance to the beginning of our country. During May and June, many events are planned in Alexandria and around the area including: A visit on the ship, Herimone, and a lecture about the importance of LaFayette to the American Revolution hosted by the Alexandria-Caen Sister City.  More information at: visitalexandria

La galette des rois

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Mme. Rebecca with her daughter, Audrey, and the 12 galettes she made in January. BON APPETIT!


During the month of January, the French celebrate « La fête des rois », “ The Kings’ Feast”. It originally started asa religious holiday, celebrating the Epiphany, or the twelfth day of Christmas. It now has been adopted by even non-Christen French, serving a «Galette des rois», “Kings’Cake” after dinner when families have guests over for dinner. La galette usually is an almond-based roundcake with a hidden “fève”, “fava bean or lucky charm”. Each person is serveda piece of the galette. The person whofinds the hidden “fève” in the cake becomes «Roi», “King”, or «Reine» , “Queen” for the day and wears a crown. The King then chooses his Queen or the Queen chooses her King of the day.

 

The King’s Cake is also associated with Mardi Gras and Carnival in February. To see a small cartoon based on the book, "Roule Galette" that we read it class, check out Roule Galette

 

 

 

One of my favorite galette recipes:

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1. For the filling

 

100 g or 4oz of unsalted butter

 

100 g or 4 oz of granulated sugar

 

2 extra large eggs

 

100 g or 4 oz of slivered almonds

 

 

2. For the pie:

 

1 package of frozen Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry-2 sheets*

 

1 egg

 

1 tbsp. of honey

 

*Thanks to Pepperidge Farm, we don’t have to spend hours to mix the batter with butter to make the puff pastry.

 

Preparation of the filling (prepare a while ahead so that it is not too liquid when you use it)

 

 

In your blender, finely grind the almonds and sugar. Add the softened butter and 2 eggs. You can flavor with 1 tsp. of rum if you’d like. Keep refrigerated (it can keep a few days in your fridge; it is also wonderful filling for pear or apple pies, etc.)

 

 

Preparation of the pie:

 

Preheat your oven to 400 F.

 

Let your 2 sheets of puff pastry dough reach room temperature. (This is important; if your dough is still cold when you cook it, it will shrink miserably in the oven!) With some flour, roll the first sheet until it reaches the size of your baking plate (you can go as large as 12-15 inches). Cut a circle (a large plate is convenient to cut your shape). Poke little holes in your dough with a fork and place on your baking sheet. Work the second sheet the same way and cut a second circle of dough. Poke holes with the fork and keep aside.

 

Break your egg in a little bowl and beat. With a brush, cover about 1 inch on the edge of the first round of dough with the egg (it will help glue the cover). Spread the filling in the center without covering the edges coated with egg (if overfilled, it will leak while baking). Place the second piece of dough exactly on the top of the first piece and press all around the edges to make sure that the two parts are sealed together. Brush the entire top with the egg. With the point of a knife, draw a design in the egg. Cook for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Prepare a syrup from honey and hot water and as soon as you take your pie out of theoven, brush it with the syrup to give it a nice final shine. (La galette sera dorée-The galette will be golden)

 

Enjoy! It’s delicious warm! Don't forgot to sneak in a little bean or figurine (if your child is old enough to find it and not put it in his/her mouth)

 

 

Bon appétit!

 

 

I'm on French TV!

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 3, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 France 2, one of the French public channels, had a show comparing how different countries celebrate Christmas.   In the US, the celebration of Christmas lasts the whole month of December with Christmas parties, caroling, decorating our lawns with Christmas lights and constantly listening to Christmas music.  See Madame Rebecca and her family around 6 minutes 40 sec if you don't want to watch the whole show.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnHZN623KkI&feature=share

 

French Holiday Events

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on December 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

• The play, Madeleine’s Christmas, at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. December 5-28th. http://www.creativecauldron.org/

• Chantons Noël : The Children’s Chorus of Washington sings Holiday music with a French theme. The Chorus will be singing at Thomas Circle in Washington, DC on Dec. 20th and 21st. http://www.childrenschorus.com/

• Le Petit Prince at the Kennedy Center. For its annual family holiday production, WNO brings to life all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's storybook in Oscar winner Rachel Portman's "enchanting opera…satisfying to child and adult alike" (Financial Times). Friday, December 12th on the Millennium Stage (free).

• Alliance Française-Holiday story time and craft on Saturday, December 20th 10:30-12:30. http://www.francedc.org/

 


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