The pupils have been learning about Spain in their Geography lesson. Besides learning the usual information about the mountains, rivers, seas and islands, they have also learned about The Basilica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Fallas celebration in Valencia, The Camino de Santiago, (the pilgrimage walk along the top of North Spain) and La Tomatina a tomato throwing festival.
They read about a Castell, a human tower which is built by different village teams as part of a competition in local festivals. Their teacher brought in a Spanish fan and explained that “fan language” was very popular during the 19th century at dances and balls, where the ladies would communicate with the men across the ballroom by moving and holding their fans in different ways.
The pupils have enjoyed learning about typical Spanish food, like paella, churros and tortilla Espanola.
Today the pupils made Tortilla Espanola or Spanish Omelette. This is the most commonly served dish in Spain. It is a potato omelette often served in a roll. This is known as a bocadillo de tortilla espanola.
The pupils peeled and sliced potatoes thinly. They chopped up an onion and sautéed it. Another group of pupils prepared the omelette mixture of eggs, a little milk and seasoning. The potato slices were par-boiled then lightly fried in butter in a large frying pan. They the egg mixture and the onions were added and all mixed lightly together in the frying pan. The omelette is cooked slowly for about 8 minutes on one side and then turned over using a plate to cook for a further 6-8 minutes. After that slide the omelette carefully on to a plate and allow it to cool a little, then serve inside a roll.