las recetas


 My future sister-in-law recently gave me a Spanish textbook that belonged to her brother called, Sol y sombra.  I was honored to have this book to add to my collection and have truly enjoyed reading it.  It’s an older textbook, published in 1972, but I love the teaching method.  This book contains many stories, articles, etc. that are separated by difficulty level. Each story contains cognates of English words, and the grammar becomes progressively harder as the reader progresses through the book.

In the second level, I found an article that contained a couple of recipes, with illustrations of all the ingredients.  I pondered this article for quite a while, and decided that I could do something similar with my students.  So, right now I have students thinking of their favorite recipes, which we are translating into Spanish, collecting, making copies and redistributing.  That’s right, a recipe exchange, in Spanish!  And it’s a great opportunity to teach the commands! 

So, if any of you out there would like to contribute to our recipe exchange, that would be great!

Una receta nueva

Hummingbird Cake has been around forever, well maybe not forever but when I was looking for a ‘new’ cake to make for my someone special I came across this recipe.  While searching, one web site popped up with a link to the magazine Southern Living.  The magazine had catalogued the appearance of the hummingbird cake recipe in its magazine over time.  I think the first appearance was in 1971, but I’m sure moms and grandmas have been making this cake for much longer.  I guess the best way to describe this cake is that it’s very similar to Italian Wedding Cake, which has nuts, spices, and I believed is topped with cream cheese frosting.  However, the Hummingbird Cake has other yummy ingredients, like crushed pineapple, bananas, pecans, and cinnamon.  I did end up frosting this cake with cream cheese frosting, which I thought was a bit too sweet.  So, if I were to do it again I think I would just lightly dust the top with powdered sugar.  Recipe below, enjoy!

Hummingbird Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour (I used GF flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar (I used 1 3/4 cups)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (didn’t have this on hand so, I splashed a bit of rum in there…)
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, un-drained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas (5 or 6 bananas)

I did top the cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, but I would recommend dusting with powdered sugar