Thursday, 18 June 2009

complete these quotations

Recently I have been struck by two things I have been reading. Both were surprising to me in the way that the sentences ended. (The quotations aren't alike in any other way. Just their surprising endings.) See if you can complete the quotations.

First, from the booklet, Deep Progress in Mathematics:
All students have the right to, and are capable of, full engagement with the subject [of mathematics]. Outstanding features of mathematics which make it interesting, and which make learning easier, are __________....

Secondly, from The Prayer that Changes Everything, by Stormie Omartian:
My desperate plea was that I would never lose the most valuable thing in my life. I can't imagine anything more terrible that to live life again without ________. ___________ is the most wonderful of all the gifts the Lord gives us.

First, I was reading about deep progress in maths and was surprised that the authors were about to tell me what it is about maths that makes it accessible to low-ability learners. I was expecting something about its use in everyday life; that's certainly what the curriculum harps on about at the moment. But instead I was offered a much deeper idea. The quotation finishes this way:
Outstanding features of mathematics which make it interesting, and which make learning easier, are the inter-connections between different topics and representations, and the relationships between and within mathematical structures.

So there is something about maths that I love that is also something that can make it appealing to learners and even ones who struggle with maths. So part of my job is to bring these connections to the fore and help young people discover, or at least, see and appreciate them for themselves.

Secondly, I've been reading (off and on) this book about praising God by Stormie Omartian. It has 45 short chapters about reasons and times to praise God. I knew the ending to the sentence above because of the chapter I was reading, but I was still a little surprised! The quotation finishes like this:
I can't imagine anything more terrible that to live life again without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most wonderful of all the gifts the Lord gives us.

I have recently been asking the Spirit to guide me more often. And to prompt me to follow through. I am so excited that I have started being more obedient to the Spirit, and so he is starting to lead me more. So today I was praising God for his most vital gift of the Holy Spirit. And asking him to continue to lead me and help me follow.

Monday, 15 June 2009

a few food photos

Here are a few food pictures from Mum and Dad's recent visit. We were at Salisbury Cathedral having a snack and I saw these wonderful fruit bowls. Aren't they great?

This is not a great picture but represents a really great memory. We wanted Mum and Dad to have scones and clotted cream while we were in Salisbury. We went to a cute little cafe that seemed to be run by only one woman. She was cooking, taking orders, and serving. We had to wait a ridiculously long time to get our scones, but they were freshly baked and delicious! Yumm, clotted cream. Soooo delicious.

We saw this sign in Salisbury and I knew it was Ant's life motto!

Friday, 5 June 2009


It has happened that I am desperately behind with blogging. So many big things have happened that being behind is putting me off starting again. There is nothing for it but to take up from here, filling in the holes bit by bit. The two big events that have happened since last time: seeing Jayme (and Donald and their darling Maya) and visiting with my parents.

Well, so let us turn to tonight instead. I wrote a new recipe in my new recipe book. I made this amazing chocolate cake for one in a mug--Ant's special dessert to celebrate the end of a hard work week. What a nice treat that only took moments to make!

Chocolate Cake for One
4 T flour
4 T sugar
2 T cocoa
1 egg
3 T milk
3 T oil (or half oil and half applesauce)
pinch salt

Grease the inside of a mug. Mix the dry ingredients in the mug. Combine the wet ingredients and then add them, mixing well.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before turning onto a plate.

Ant was very impressed and so was I! And so I wrote it into my new recipe book. I really love it--Mum and Dad bought it for me when they were here. I filled my first cooking notebook (the pink one) a few months ago and wasn't sure what to do next. But this lovely lemon book solves my problem!

The only difference for this new notebook is that I am only going to write in recipes after I make them. I ended up with a few too many in the old book that were inspiration but that I never made.

On Dad's suggestion, here are the top recipes from "Sarah's Kitchen, Volume 1".
Ginger Noodle Soup
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Beans and Bacon Casserole
Cuban Black Bean Soup
Mushroom Paprikas
Sonya's Minted Lamb Burgers
Bacon Fried Greens
French Onion Soup
Roasted Onion & Parsnip Tarte Tatin
Spicy Red Lentil Soup