Fools

I don’t know whether you would have liked it or not, but Shasta did. There were lobsters, and salad, and snipe stuffed with almonds and truffles, and a complicated dish made of chicken-livers and rice and raisins and nuts, and there were cool melons and gooseberry fools and mulberry fools…

The Horse and His Boy  

pages75-76

Esteban has already read The Chronicles of Narnia in Spanish. This, however, does not decrease his interest in the story. If I would let him, we would do nothing more than read the book for our hour-and-a-half English class. We take turns reading. Usually, I get the long passages, and he will just read to the next period (punctuation mark).  I enjoy seeing him forget himself at the exciting parts; he will read several sentences (perhaps even paragraphs) in order to find out how what is going to happen.

Jorge and Esteban’s parents encourage hands-on activities to help make speaking in English more natural. Science experiments, clay models, songs and charades are in our repertoire. 

This week, I decided to bring them into the Narnian kitchen.  Chapter 4 of The Horse and His Boy includes a list of foods that Shasta enjoys while in the city of Tashbaan.  The desserts sounded more tempting than the truffles or chicken livers, so a “fool” is the recipe of this week’s class. Although gooseberries (uchuvas) aren’t hard to find in Colombia, the mullberry ( we’ll use moras ) flavor will probably be more to the boys’ liking. 

Of course, the definition of “fool” varies considerably when you search the internet.  I decided to go with one from an UK recipe site…that has ingredients that I can easily purchase in Bogota.

crema para batir
azúcar en polvo
crema agria, a temperatura ambiente
extracto de almendra
moras frescas
cáscara de limón, para adornar
menta fresca

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