Crissy’s Banana Cake Recipe



I thought I would share one of my favorite family recipes with you. My boys love it as an after school snack and I hope you do too!

Let’s look at some of the expressions from the recipe:

  • When butter is softened, you have left it out of the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • When a banana is ripe , it is not green but yellow.
  • If I mash something, I press down on it with a fork
  • When I heat something, I increase the temperature of that thing. If I pre-heat an over, I turn it on and heat it to a certain degree before using it.
  • When something is smooth, it does not have bits of pieces  or lumps in it
  • When something is fluffy, I have make it airy, light and soft
  • if I pour batter into a pan, this means that I am moving the liquid into another container
  • Batter is a thick liquid mixture that is made when baking.

Let me know if you make the cake! It would make me happy to get your feedback on the recipe.



Stefano Faita’s Corn Soup Recipe

Here are my brother Stefano & Sue Mah, a nutrition expert, making corn soup. Enjoy this recipe & let me know if you like it. It’s made with milk so extra nutritious! My kids love it.


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cups corn
  • 1/4 cup smoked ham, chopped
  • 1 table spoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 6 cups milk
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot
  • Sauté the vegetables & ham
  • Add the fresh thyme
  • Pour in the milk
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cook for 20 minutes
  • Season with salt & pepper
Corn Soup

Corn Soup (Photo credit: tyle_r)

Vocabulary Boost:

  • Stalk: thick stem of a plant
  • Diced: cut into small cubes
  • Chopped:cut into small pieces
  • Thyme: sweet-smelling herb used for cooking
  • Stock pot : deep contain used for boiling soup
  • Sauté : fry food in small amount of oil
  • Pour: fill a container with a liquid
  • Season: add salt, pepper and spices to give flavor to food



Let’s Cook: Crepes Recipe




Crepe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Sunday morning and the lions are hungry. We have planned a big Canadian breakfast. Here is one of the dishes we’ll be making. Quick, simple and yummy. Read the vocabulary boost section to learn a few words about cooking. I use a recipe that I found on the food network. Here it is. Have a nice Sunday Brunch!

2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
Butter, for coating the pan

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours.
Heat a small non-stick pan. Add butter to coat. Pour 1 ounce of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove to the cutting board. Lay them out flat so they can cool. Continue until all batter is gone. After they have cooled you can stack them and store in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to two months. When using frozen crepes, thaw on a rack before gently peeling apart.

Read more at Food Network

Vocabulary Boost:

  • to melt:  transform solid into liquid by increasing the temperature
  • coating: cover with a thin layer
  • to pulse: short beats
  • batter: liquid mixture of ingredients that is then cooked
  • to tear: to separate into parts by pulling
  • non-stick: surface that allows easy removal of cooked foods
  • swirl to spread evenly: make circular movements to equally cover the pan with the batter
  • to flip: to turn
  • cooled: reduced in temperature
  • to stack: to place one on top of the other
  • to store: to keep
  • sealable: that can be closed
  • to thaw: to defrost
  • peel apart: separate

Fluency Builder:

  1. Describe a typical sunday breakfast at your house.
  2. Is cooking one of your hobbies?
  3. What was your favorite dish as a child?



A Valentine’s Dinner With Friends!

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is my first post related to cupid, sweets and loooove!

Stefano Faita is my brother and he has a cooking show in Canada called In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita. He has selected some yummy recipes that could be used to have a Valentine’s dinner with friends…fun right?

Click here and access all the recipes from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita  but read the vocabulary section below first.

Vocabulary Boost:

  • count down : counting the number of days remaining before an event
  • candlelit : lit with the light of candles…romantic!
  • grub : food
  • show off : to try to impress someone with your ability or possession
  • an apron ; clothing that is worn on the front part of the body to prevent from getting dirty
  • Share  your favorite Valentine’s recipe with us. We love food & sharing recipes.

    My favorite is homemade  eggplant parmesan:-)