22 décembre 2009
Gingerbread recipes, gingerbread houses and men
are also part of the Xmas holiday traditions Some historians claim Gingerbread Houses date from the early 19th century : "Hansel and Gretel" -a fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers - showed such a house. But others suggest that the Grimms merely developed a pre-existent idea..
As for the White House, each year both members of its staff, and its Pastry Team contribute to maintain the holiday tradition : more than 150 pounds of gingerbread dough and 250 libers of white chocolate are used to build the White House Gingerbread House. You can watch how it is achieved in the video below :
Real carpenters, plumbers, or electricians help this project become a full success. This year, not only does the Gingerbread White House include a view of the State Dining Room and a marzipan vegetable garden... but it also shows the US President's family pet : the dog Bo :o)
________________________________________________________________ gingerbread = a type of cake, usually very dark brown and soft, which contains ginger / ginger (gingembre) | mere = simple pastry = sweet baked goods such as cakes, biscuits etc | dough = flour mixed with water, fat, sometimes yeast (levure), to be baked.
31 octobre 2009
is one of the most popular
legends related to Hallowe'en :
it's an Irish tale...
Click on the lantern to discover the story
of 'Stingy Jack'... (1)
... and listen to the tale thanks to the video below :
(1) : Photo by Photograph by Toby Ord,
under CC BY-SA license
20 septembre 2009
I've just finished transcribing the video (September 18)
that shows a New York guided tour...
Click ^^^ above
and read the script of the video !
19 septembre 2009
Watch the NY City guided tour video (Friday 17)...
and answer this quiz !
By the way, if you observe the blog main page...
you should be able to see Brooklyn Bridge /
be attentive... the picture's quite small :o)
18 septembre 2009
New York is often referred to as New York City (NYC)...
... or the City of New York,
to distinguish it from the state of New York. It is also nicknamed 'Big Apple'. The city is the centre of the New York metropolitan area (one of the most populous areas in the world).
A street (& water !) tour of a few New York City's most famous places and tourist attractions :
New York strongly influences global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. It hosts the United Nations Headquarters and is therefore an important centre for international affairs.
Apple illustration by jacoon, under CC BY-SA license