off the cuff: episode 5

off the cuff: Merry Covid Christmas

In this fifth episode, we discuss what Covid Christmas is like and how immigrants often have to be away from their families. We also discuss what we want the new year to look like. Don’t forget to check out the vocabulary listed below and Enjoy!

  • Shadenfreude- pleasure derived by someone from someone else’s misfortune
  • Pleasure- enjoyment, happiness, satisfaction
  • Pain- a physical or emotional discomfort
  • I must admit- I have to say  
  • Taken aback- surprised  
  • Been there, done that- this is not new to me
  • Life goes on- life continues
  • Rearrange- to change the order, position or time of something already arranged.
  • To go down in history – to be recorded or remembered in history
  • D, all of the above- reference to multiple choice tests when you want all the options offered to you
  • Running after your tail – to be busy doing a lot of things and not accomplishing much
    Burnout – extreme tiredness or a feeling of not being able to work anymore, caused by working too hard
  • Have a laugh – have a good time

Cooking in English: Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving stuffing is a recipe lots of people have asked me for over the years. It’s really quite simple and delicious. Find the full recipe below. And don’t forget to share the video if you liked it.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

170 grams butter 1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 onion chopped ½ teaspoon pepper
2 celery stalks chopped 1 teaspoon thyme
9 cups of soft bread cubed 1 teaspoon sage
1 cup raisons 3 cups finely chopped apple

Heat the butter in a large pot and stir in onion and celery. Cook five minutes. Mix the rest of the ingredients with the butter mixture. Stuff the turkey right before cooking. A stuffed turkey should be cooked 15 minutes for each pound. (1 kilo = 2.2 pounds).

off the cuff – Thanksgiving and Black Friday

We are back! Last week we talked about Halloween and today we talk about some myths about Thanksgiving and the origins of Black Friday. Listen, check the vocabulary below and enjoy!

Vocabulary

Thanksgiving – Día de Acción de Gracias Fast forward – move forward quickly
Myth – something that people say but may not be true Crashing stock market – the value of the all tradable investments fail
pilgrims – the first people from England
to move to the US
Change the narrative- change the story that people know and hear
Mayflower- the name of the boat the
pilgrims came on
Black Friday – The day after Thanksgiving when all the Christmas sales begin
harvest- the time to collect food from the
farms
Christmas season- The time dedicated to celebrating Christmas
whitewashing – an attempt to stop people finding out the true facts about a situation Stuff your face – eat too much
in any way, shape or form – in any way at all Retail – the act of selling goods to the public
disease – and illness caused by infection or
failure of health
Retail therapy – the act of buying things for yourself in order to feel better when you areunhappy

How to carve a pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is an easy and fun way to decorate your house for Halloween. Follow these simple steps and please send us your pictures!

First you want to cover your table well. You will also need two bowls, some spoons, a marker and some sharp knives.

Next you need to draw a circle around the top and carve out the circle. Keep the top as you will use it later!

Here comes the messy part! Take out and separate the seeds from the insides of the pumpkin. Don´t throw away the seeds. We will use them later!

After I use my hands to clean as much as possible, I use a spoon to scrape the sides so that the inside of the pumpkin is nice and clean. Plus, this way it is less likely to burn. This is also a good time to clean the outside of the pumpkin and dry it so it is ready to be carved.

Draw a face, an animal or anything you want on the front of the pumpkin. Faces can be happy, scary, silly, or simple. It is much easier to carve triangles and squares than to carve circles.

Use a knife to cut out the drawn pieces on the pumpkin. Once you have carved your pumpkin, stick a small candle on the inside and see how it lights up. Put the top back on for an added glow.

Don’t forget those pumpkin seeds! Clean them well and dry them completely. Add some olive oil and salt and roast them in the oven for 15 minutes at 175ºC. You can also add other spices such as cayenne, curry, cumin, etc.

Off the cuff – Episode 3: Halloween!

One of Clare and I´s favorite times of year is Halloween. We love the holiday, but also the smells and colors of autumn. Listen to our third podcast where we try to explain some of the misconceptions about Halloween. Read below to find out what a misconception is and learn more vocabulary.

Vocabulary

Misconceptions – idea equivocada  
Pitch dark – oscuridad total
trick or treat – truco trato
costume – disfraz
sinister – siniestro
play a trick on someone – gastar una broma
elderly – mayores
goodies – dulces
coin – moneda
pennies – un centimo en EEUU
barmbrack – un pan típico de Irlanda
savory-sweet – agri-dulce
Askance – de reojo
pea – guisante

ring – anillo  
rag – trapo   
risk – riesgo
loved ones – seres queridos  
flavor – sabor
lack – falta
death – la muerte
elaborately – detalladamente
mezcal – liquor típico del sur de México
autumn – otoño
neighbors –vecinos
to go commercial – hacerlo al grande
to dress up – ponerse un disfraz
carve pumpkins – esculpir calabazas
turnips – nabos

Shepherd’s / Cottage Pie

Clare brings us a truly versatile dish that all adults and kids will love. Perfect for these cold days and even better as left overs! Don’t forget to check some new vocabulary down below.

Vocabulary

Stroke – /
Sheep – oveja
minced beef – carne picada
brought up – criada
chopped – picado
sauté – salteado
without further ado – sin mas demora  
diced – en dados
pick something out – sacar con dedos
hail storm – granizado
where the hell is… donde coño esta…
beef stock – caldo de carne
don’t be mean to your mashed potatoes – usa una buena cantidad de patatas
pressure cooker – olla exprés
kettle – tetera
thingamajig – chisme, cosa
lumps – grumos
potato masher – pasapures
creamy – cremosa
sealed – cerrado
crispy – tostado, crujiente


Trail of Tears

This American Life: Trail of Tears

I’ve posted podcasts from this American Life before. I think they do an excellent job telling stories. This one is told by two sisters who take a road trip to learn about the history of their Native-American ancestors who walked the Trail of Tears.

Between 1838 and ’39, the US army uprooted 16,000 people from their homes, rounded them up in stockades, and marched them across the country. 4,000 died. Click here to learn more about the story. Remember, at the top of the webpage you have the option of reading the transcripts while listening. Enjoy!