Last week was exceptionally busy at UFPA because we held our first event of the semester - an "American Pancake Breakfast" which was a lot of fun and a big success. To prepare for the event, Sean and I spent about four hours the Sunday before making about 120 pancakes. There's nothing that makes you want to spend a significant amount of time leaning over bubbling flapjacks and hissing gas burners like 95 degree heat and humidity and no air conditioning. There was lots of chilled wine, music and podcasts to keep our sanity at an acceptable level. Needless to say, I've made my last pancake for a good long while.
Anna, Stevie and I worked together to put the event together. Since we didn't know how many people would come and our event was more like an open house, we set it up as a series of stations. Students had to pick up their "Pancake Passport" at the door and visit all of the stations before they could turn in their passport as the ticket to get their pancake. It worked really well especially since the stations didn't have to be followed in any particular order.
#1 How to make pancakes - Students received the recipe and watched a demo using actual ingredients and cooking utensils. To pass the station they had to be able to name all of the things required to make pancakes. (This was my station)
#2 Maple syrup - Anna created various activities that helped students learn a little more about what Maple syrup is and how it's made (syrup is a pretty foreign concept here). Fortunately, for us, Sean brought over two liters of the stuff with him when he arrived in March (thank you, Big Lots).
#3 American breakfasts - At Stevie's station she wanted to emphasize that pancakes are not the only thing that Americans eat for breakfast. Students learned the vocabulary and traditions of other common morning foods and then compared them with Brazilian breakfasts.
#4 Pancakes - Monty, Stevie's boyfriend, served up pancakes with butter and syrup while taking students' pancake passports. Station #4 was the obvious favorite not only because Monty is super adorable but also because students got to try the real deal - American pancakes with Maple syrup.
We had a great time and I'm looking forward to the last couple of events that we'll put together at UFPA in the next two months. Try making some on your own from scratch! (recipe below)