After Thanksgiving and before the Christmas feasts!

After Thanksgiving and before the Christmas feasts!

Have you noticed that when we talked about food we feel hungry? Well, that’s just what happened to me after I wrote the Thanksgiving post the other day. Naturally, I am going to feel hungry when we all start posting about Christmas and celebrations, because, as a matter of fact, it all goes around food again (and presents, and family reunions, and holidays, and the Xmas spirit…)

So I’ve thought about listing other ways to say “eat” in English so that you can enrich your vocabulary and expressions about it:

You can go and eat as much as you can at Christmas, but sometimes in my town, when we go and visit relatives before the big meals we can nibble something so that you get a taste of the food there. Then you go home and your mum, grandma, etc have a huge feast on the table and you get ready to dig in.

When you eat your food, you could say you ingest it—but that’s a word often used by scientists. When you eat your meal very fast you, can say you devoured it.

When it comes to eating, no one does it as well as animals! When you eat a lot of food very quickly, you can say you gobble up your food (gobble is the sound turkeys make)! You can also wolf down your food (eat it quickly in big pieces), or pig out on it (eat too much).

When you finish the meal, you can say you have polished it off or cleaned your plate.

There are many more words that are synomyms of the word “eat”. Check the list below, and please, if yoy really want to improve your English, next time you are about to use the word eat, take your time and substitute it with one of these we’ve just seen:

Attack, (have a) bite, chew, devour, feed, ingest, inhale, pick, swallow, banquet, gorge, gormandize, graze, masticate, munch, nosh, ruminate, scarf, scoff, snack, sup, break bread, chow down, dispose of, feast upon, have a meal, partake of, peck at, polish off, pork out, take in, etc.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

THANKSGIVING 2016

Thanksgivign is an American tradition celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November. Americans in the US and also those scattered all over the world  gather for a day of feasting, football and family. It is a very special day for them, however, the celebration has changed over the years and it bears little resemblance to the original 1621 harvest meal. Although there have been some updates to the original pilgrim’s menu,  it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table. And that fact reminds me of all our Galician celebrations (and Spanish ones too): they are always an excuse to gather around a table full of food.

Here we have the differences in the menu: what everybody tradicionally knows as  “The First Thanksgiving,” celebrated in 1621, contained waterfowl, wild turkeys, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash.

Nowadays the typical Thanksgiving menu looks like this:

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Dry-Brined Spiced Citrus Turkey                                       Classic Butternut Squash Soup 

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Crusted Green Bean Casserole                                                    Basic Gravy

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips                       Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

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             Orange-Cranberry Sauce                                                           Pumpkin Apple Pie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Rock – Thanksgiving story for children

Plymouth Rock – Thanksgiving story for children

In the link below you will find a video telling the story of Thanksgiving in a very basic way for children. It is told from the point of view of Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock is said to have been a boulder about fifteen feet long and three feet wide which became a very convinient pier for boats to land, but only with specific tides. It has also gone down in history as the   precise boulder on which the Mayflower pilgrims from England, who founded Plymouth colony in 1620,  first stepped when disembarking.

The rock that is on display nowadays in Massachusetts is just a portion of the original boulder because it broke in two when Plymouth townspeople try to move it, and also because many people chipped off pieces of it over the years. In 1880 the two pieces rejoined and the date “1620” was carved into the rock.

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And here your are the link for the children who may be interested in history and the story of Thanksgiving.

Story of Thanksfiving for kids

 

 

San Martiño is coming!

San Martiño is coming!

SAN MARTIÑO IS COMING!

 

As most of you already know next Friday 11th November is bank holiday in Moaña. We will be celebrating with wine and good food up the hill around San Martiño church. However, what I am certainly sure is that some of the visitors singing and drinking around that church in the coming nights will be oblivious to the history of that magnificent building. I would include myself among them a while back, but apparently a certain interest in the past comes along with age.

 

This church is an architectural treasure that dates back to the 12th century. Actually, this area was the chosen one by the first settlers in Moaña in order to defend the place from pirates and corsairs because of the advantage of highland over the coast.  And although throughout the 18th century the church was refurbished in the Baroque style, is still nowadays one of the best examples of Romanesque style in Galicia. At the main entrance one can observe remains of this Romanesque style: in the central tympanum the image of San Martiño together with other saints with an inscription engraved in  the stone reading: “Sancti Emiliani, Sanctus Martinus Episcopus, Sancti Bricii episcopi, Aras fecit”.

 

So next time you are drinking and celebrating in the “adro”, don’t forget the building next to you was there long before you, long before your great great great grand parents, and it will be there long after we’re gone.

Halloween 2016 in Babelis

Halloween 2016 in Babelis

Another year has passed and we are back celebrating Halloween again.

Enjoy playing with the little ones in the house. Here you have a very easy rhyme to sing along:

Link to video: Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate;
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late”.
The second one said, “There are witches in the air”.
The third one said, “But I don’t care”.
The fourth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run”.
“Wooooooo” went the wind,
And out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

 

And here we have a funny version for teachers!

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