Friday, April 20, 2012

How do you spell "tired"??

Before I get started on today's blog.... is anyone else annoyed with the new blogger dashboard???!!!  OH MY GOD !!!  I absolutely hate it !!!  Why is it everyone has to 'fix' things even when they aren't broken??? First it was facebook with their stupid - impossible to read - time line .... and now blogger..... sigh.. god I hate change!!!



Ok enough bitching.. on with the purpose of today's blog... 


Yesterday was our last day in Africa (at school)  and as with all the other countries we have 'visited' ... we held a celebration....... 


As with all the other celebrations - I wanted to find a food we could cook and sample from the country.  However I have to take into consideration cost, difficulty to make, allergies.... the list is long .. and makes me want to shoot myself each time.  

After a lot of recipe searching I finally found Tanzanian Baked Bananas.  The recipe was quite easy - green bananas - cook in a 450 degree oven till the skins turn black - then remove the skins and slice.  Then they are supposed to have rum and brown sugar drizzled over them - but truthfully I didn't think anyone would be impressed with my getting the kids drunk.  So we skipped the rum and just sprinkled them with brown sugar. 


Trust me when I say the girl at the grocery store gave me some weird looks when I went through the cash with 100 green bananas... 


I worked for two hours cutting up the bananas - burning them in the oven - slicing and sprinkling...  


green bananas waiting to go in oven...  

blackened bananas waiting to be sliced 

bananas sprinkled with brown sugar and ready to go

My staff set the tables and added the kids African drums as centerpieces... 

Then after much feasting and some yucking (over cooked bananas) one of my staff who visited Africa last year - taught the children a song in Swahili and a little dance to go with it...

Then I sent them all outside to play in the sunshine while I collapsed exhausted in my office.  It took the last bit of energy I had to drag myself out to my car and home to the peace and quiet ......... 

Next week we're off to India.................. god give me strength!!!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lovely lunch setting... People never understand how exhausting the teaching profession can be... Rest and then gear up for a safari to India.... oooh We're going on a Tiger Hunt ... little finger play I used to do with my 1st grade students.

Have a great weekend
Joyce

little monkey said...

I had a teacher, Mrs. Cotton, who enriched her unit on Japan, like you do. I developed an appreciation for that country at that time that has never left me, in the 42 years since. Your kids are lucky kids.

Sir said...

As the famous saying from the Charge of the Light Brigade....

CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do hope the kids love hot curry ☺

W

ps: Another great job done by you..

Sue said...

Looks wonderful! But I get "tired." Next week I launch into my annual international fair -- first step: 45 sixth graders cut out the fabric to make their own caftans... Pinning and measuring and sewing. Oh my!

Hang in. Summer does come.

swan

sensualfreak said...

I love bananas...it looks great.

As for the bitching...I agree. I hate the blogger changes.