I have a class of teenagers who are always so enthusiastic to participate in class. I enjoy class time with all of my students, especially those who are so eager to do their best, learn a lot and to help themselves. I think that good effort should be rewarded, and I often try to come up with ways to let my student know that they are improving and they should be proud of themselves and their hard work.
Being one of their birthdays, I decided to do something little different for our English conversation class(スミス英会話). I’m not very good at baking cakes, so obviously the next best thing to celebrate any special occasion would have to be OCTOPUS BALLS…. that’s right, takoyaki. Basically, takoyaki are made by mixing flour, egg, water and dashi together with a piece of octopus in the middle. The mixture is fried into small balls about the size of a ping pong ball by using a special hot plate. They are usually served nuclear hot smothered in mayo, a special sauce and dried fish flakes sprinkled on top. We used some non-traditional ingredients also such as prawns, cheese and of course the food that makes everything taste better…bacon.
We were a little limited by time, so as a class we quickly went through the ingredients and the different steps in preparing and cooking the takoyaki. Next, jobs were assigned for the cutting and mixing, and we got down to cooking. It was good fun chatting as we each looked after cooking our own afternoon tea. Although the results were definitely worth it, it got pretty hot over the hot plate. I think next time, I’ll plan the takoyaki cook-off’s for the winter months.
It’s nice to occasionally break the routine of regular classes and do something different. I know my students enjoyed themselves and I certainly had a good time. I also got to put a line through another item from my “things to do” list.
Smiths’s School of English Nakamozu – スミス英会話 なかもず校 （月謝）
Smiths’s School of English Sakai Higashi – スミス英会話 堺東校 （月謝）