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Category: Food

Recipe for French toast

LEVEL 1 This recipe feeds four people. Visit the links: How to make French Toast Recipe reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper, September/October 2016  

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A bouquet you can eat

Adapted from WE Vancouver by Nancy Carson Level 2 We often visit friends or family for a meal. Sometimes we take flowers as a gift for the host. Flowers are nice but they last about a week. Sometimes we take chocolates. However, some people do not want to eat candy. They don’t want their children to…

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A healthy start to school

A healthy start to school Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Illustrations by Nola Johnston Level one September 2014 Listen to “A healthy start to summer school” – Level 1 Reading by Nila Gopaul Kiera Thompson and Stephanie Hai are 10 years old. They joined a cooking class last summer. They learned to make healthy foods, such…

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Food is not garbage

Food is not garbage Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 1 Listen to “Food is not garbage”– Level 1 Reading by Jessica Heafey Metro Vancouver* wants you to recycle your food scraps. Starting in January 2015, food scraps must go into a green bin. Then the city collects the scraps. The scraps make compost…

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Shortbread cookies – easy recipe

Shortbread cookies are a treat at Christmas. Traditional shortbread has three ingredients:  sugar, butter and flour. 1/2 cup of softened butter (125 mL) Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (125 mL) Mix together. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (if you have it)  Add 1 cup of flour (125 mL) Blend. Scoop cookies on cookie sheet (see video). Flatten…

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Christmas sugar cookies

A special thanks to Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

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Easy holiday ham

Boil 2.5 L of water. Put the ham in the boiling water. Add all the ingredients. List of ingredients – 1kg fillet of ham (plain) and 2.5 L of water – 1 carrot, 1 leek, 1 stalk celery – 1 onion and 3/4 cloves garlic – 1 handful fresh parsley – 1 teaspoon red chili powder…

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Don’t eat the marshmallow … yet!

Adapted from CBC News by Nancy Carson Level 3 (Video, recipe and slideshow on next page) In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Walter Mischel designed an experiment. Mischel is a psychology professor. He wanted to study self-control in young children. The children were ages four to six. Read the PDF. Don’t eat the marshmallow…yet

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Vancouver chocolate bar wins gold medal

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 3 Marc Lieberman is a very happy man. He started a chocolate company in Vancouver. He opened Mink Chocolates eight years ago. Now he has two stores. The other one is in Surrey, B.C. Read the PDF: Vancouver’s chocolate bar wins gold medal” “Going nuts” A few…

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Fall Festival of Chocolate

Daily from October 15, 2014 to November 10, 2014 Learn about events all over Metro Vancouver, including cooking classes, click here. The story of chocolate   Level 3 Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Chocolate comes from the beans of a cacao* fruit tree. The cacao bean is the seed of the fruit. (say: ka-kow)…

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Beaver tails

I Speak Canadian is a new occasional feature. We will introduce words and phrases often used by Canadians. A beaver tail is the name of a Canadian pastry. It was first introduced in Ottawa. It is a flat, flaky, fried pastry. The dough is stretched into the shape of a beaver tail. Then, it is…

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Food carts in B.C.

All over the world, local people eat food served from a cart on the street. In North America, eating from food carts, or food trucks, is a very popular activity. There are even festivals that celebrate this kind of food. The food in Canada isn’t as cheap as in many other countries. And the food is…

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Chocolate chip cookies are a Canadian favourite

Adapted from wikiHow Level 2 Who invented the chocolate chip cookie? Ruth Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie in 1924. Ruth and her husband ran a tourist lodge. Ruth made very good desserts for her guests. One day she did not have powdered cocoa for her favourite cookie recipe. Instead, she found a chocolate bar. She…

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How to make apple butter

Adapted from wikiHow Level 2 ELSA students at the Collège Éducacentre in Vancouver made apple butter. The students peeled, cut and boiled apples. They poured in honey. They added cinnamon and cardamom. They canned the apple butter. Each student got a jar of apple butter to take home. It was the most delicious English lesson of…

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Don’t wash your chicken! Just unwrap, cut and cook

Adapted from The Province Level 3 In North America we eat a lot of chicken. Each North American eats about 80 pounds of chicken a year. Eating and handling chicken can cause you to get sick.  You must cook it well and handle it carefully. Read the PDF. Try the Exercise. Don’t wash your chicken!…

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Fall is the time to eat apples

Level 1 Apples are good for you to eat. Apples taste good. Eat apples raw. Eat apples cooked. Go to the exercise. Learn how to bake an apple. Read the PDF.  Try the Exercise Fall is the time to eat apples-PDF Exercise: Make a baked apple Things you will need: One apple per person Raisins…

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The story of chocolate

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun Level 3 February 2011 Chocolate comes from the beans of a cacao* fruit tree. The cacao bean is the seed of the fruit. *(say: ka-kow) Cacao trees can grow 15 metres high. The trees grow in tropical rain forests. Read the PDF. The story of chocolate-PDF Visit the links:  Beanpod…

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Easy popsicles

Level 2 May-June 2012 In 1905, Frank Epperson invented the popsicle. He was 11 years old. In 1923, his children named the treat “pop’s ‘sicle”. Today, two billion popsicles are sold every year. Read the PDF. Popsicles-PDF Recipe – You will need: What to do: Freeze overnight. Remove foil. Enjoy your popsicles!

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This summer, enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables!

  Check the vocabulary: produce = in this text, it means “fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains” to spoil = to go bad pricey = expensive discount = sale, reduced price Tips for buying and keeping produce fresh: Pick your own Some farms sell cheaper produce, if you go and pick it yourself. There are…

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Tracing fish

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun Level 3 People want to know where their meat comes from. Some also want to know where chickens are raised. Now you can find out where your fish comes from. “This Fish” A small Canadian website called This Fish can help. Ecotrust Canada started a fish tracing tool in 2010….

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A cooking program opens doors for First Nations

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 2 Vancouver loves local food. But there is little First Nations food in the city. Chef Andrew George Jr. hopes to change this. In early November, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (slay-wa-tuth) in North Vancouver celebrated. The first class graduated from its own professional chef’s program. And local chef…

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A Beanpod from Fernie goes to London

Adapted from The Vancouver Courier Level 3 Fernie is famous for skiing. The city calls itself a mountain town. In the winter there is plenty of snow. The Rocky Mountains are on all sides of Fernie. Fernie is in southeastern B.C. Beanpod Chocolate makes its home in Fernie. Maybe now, Fernie will be famous for…

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