Learn Spanish with Gazpacho Soup

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A memorable and unique way to improve your Spanish, is to cook easy Spanish recipes and learn vocabulary at the same time.  By using all five senses, you will find create a lasting memory – long term memory.

 Try to incorporate Spanish culture into the experience.  Start with something simple like an authentic Mexican hot chocolate recipe and learn the words for milk, chocolate and the verb batir – to stir.  And recite the popular rhyme, while stirring the drink:

 Bate, bate, chocolate - (Stir, stir, chocolate)

Bate, bate, chocolate - (Stir, stir, chocolate)

Uno, dos, tres, CHO - (One, two, three CHO)

Uno, dos, tres, CO - (One, two, three CO)

Uno, dos, tres, LA - (One, two, three LA)

Uno, dos, tres, TE - (One, two, three TE)

 In Mexico, a utensil called "El molinillo" is used to stir and froth the chocolate and milk.  It is similar to a whisk and beautifully made of "turned wood".

  Tortilla espanola, made with eggs, onion and potatoes, is a popular tapas in Spain.  "Tapar" is  the Spanish verb "to cover". Tapas originated as a cover for glasses – to keep the flies out.  They made a convenient resting place for small snacks, eaten with the drinks, such as olives, meats and cheese.  Today these small plates are served at tapas bars, hot and cold.

 Make gazpacho soup, a cold tomato and vegetable potage, made with bread, olive oil, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers – words to add to your Spanish vocabulary. Dating back to Roman times, it is thought that the Moors introduced gazpacho soup to Andalusia and Portugal. 

 Rice with chicken,"arroz con pollo", is eaten in Spain and all over Latin America.  Each region has its own variation.  It is prepared in a "caldero", which is a cast iron pot, with lid.It was considered quite, exotic when it originated in Spain; it had rice from India, saffron from Asia and tomatoes.

 What better way to complete a meal than with a Spanish flan recipe.  Flan is a light egg custard, with caramel sauce.  The dish originated during Roman times, and has had many variations from savory to sweet.  It followed the Conquistadors, to South and Central America, where it is very popular today. 

Children can cook along with adults, under proper supervision.  Practice the vocabulary, as you are making the recipes together.  Then, when you all sit down to eat reinforce it again, perhaps explaining to each other, in Spanish, how you prepared the meal or dessert.

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Beth Manners has devoted over 15 years to finding fun ways to learn French and Spanish. Visit her website www.fun-french-and-spanish.com and try some of the "recipe Spanish lessons".

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This article was published on 2012/03/13