This week has not started very well, I have a sore throat since the boat excursion on Saturday (I told you that the water was cold!) and I have been sleeping really badly as well (waking up in a hot room + difficulties to swallow = not fun!). However, I don’t have any other symptoms except a lack of energy, so it doesn’t seem to be a proper cold?
I haven’t done much at home, but at least I went to my 36th Spanish lesson yesterday and to my delight I had my first teacher L again – it felt like seeing an old friend! It is interesting that out of the 6 Spanish teachers that I have had, two have left to work in the USA, and one is going to Italy to study. Fellow blogger Speaking Boricua wrote a post a few weeks ago about American employers seeking Puerto Rican labour and referred to an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution… and it is quite striking that most of my teachers (all in their early 30’s) have previously studied and / or worked in the US.
Yesterday Sweden played against Greece in the Euro 2008 and to my surprise:
1) ESPN covers the whole championship, although with British / Irish commentators as I guess there are not that many football (I refuse to say soccer, as I always tell O – we are Europeans and it is football) experts on this side of the Atlantic. And ABC is going to broadcast the final on the 29th June.
2) I watched the game!! Me, the anti-football girl who sulked her way through the Sweden vs Brasil World Cup semi-final in 1994, watching it with her 2 best friends outside a bar on Avenyn in Gothenburg (the bar was too full to get inside!)! Maybe I am just being so nostalgic about Europe at the moment, seeing that it is only one week until I head home, that even watching an European football game in Puerto Rico feels like home? I have to admit though that I was zapping quite wildly between E!, HGTV and ESPN…😀 I do actually have my favourite football players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson – they both come from my region Skåne and they are cool guys* if you ask me! And no, I don’t fancy Zlatan, as I clarified already last year when my sister gave me a book about him for my birthday.
Oh, and Sweden won by the way with 2-0! On Saturday Sweden and Spain are playing, so the not-very-interested-in-football-Spanish-Swedish-couple, i.e O and I, are planning a football brunch – the game starts at noon local Puerto Rican time!
Anyhow, speaking of brunch, here’s another Wednesday recipe – last week I shared a spinach & salmon quiche recipe and today I wanted to give a tip about what to do with those bananas that are just too ripe and mushy to eat as they are (at least for me)**:
3 3/4 deci-litre*** flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch salt
2 lightly beaten eggs
2 ½ deci-litres milk
60 gr butter – melted
Sift the dry ingredients through a sieve into a bowl, and mix the butter, eggs & milk together in another bowl. Make a “hole” in the mix of dry ingredients and blend in the egg-mix. Mash 2-3 small bananas with a fork and add to the pancake batter.
Make small American-style pancakes in a frying pan and serve with maple syrup and if available, fresh blueberries! Yummy!!
Maybe I will make a habit of writing about food on Wednesdays… What do you think?
*) The two football players are some of the few that are always referred to by their first names in Sweden – Zlatan and Henke (nickname for Henrik), so it was weird to hear the ESPN commentators call them by their surnames yesterday. And speaking of surnames – 8 out of the 11 Swedish players on the field yesterday had so-called sson-names (Isaksson, Larsson, Svensson etc)! (Ok, so I was a little bored…😉 )
**) I shouldn’t take the credit for the idea as it was O who suggested to add the bananas, however I was the one who implemented it!
***) one deci-litre is 100 milli-litres, or one tenth of a litre.