Did you know that…

November is Pomegranate Month?

The Pomegranate has been with us for a very long time, stretching back through history to its first recorded appearance in Ancient Egypt, where it was used for the treatment of various infections and even tapeworm. We can then see it in Ancient Greece where it was considered the fruit of the dead, and was associated with the Hades and Persephone myth, where her consumption of six seeds led to her spending half the year locked in the land of the dead.

Pomegranates are more than just a simple fruit, they’re packed of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, folates, and much more. They’re truly little treasure-troves of health and nutrition, with a reputation for being something of a miracle cure. Such was its popularity that POM has used it as the foundation of its entire product line, citing anti-inflammatory, anti-disease, and anti-oxidant properties as just a few of its benefits.

Such wonderful rich and beautiful fruit deserves a celebration, and that’s what Pomegranate Month brings it.

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Source: daysoftheyear.com 

Master Chef, here we come

This afternoon, the kitchen was in full action! Yvonne with Michelle, then helped also by Jiusi, Katia, Runa, prepared a fabulous Chinese menu for the Master Chef House Competition: fried and steamed dumplings as a starter, followed by sweet and sour pork, green tea ice cream. The first two courses were served on golden dishes, inside a leaf of Chinese cabbage – simple, classy and original!

There are some photos of the cooking process… During the presentation to the Jury Of Four (Mr Usher, Mme Salamin, Mr. Romolo and Mr. Leticia) we were all so busy that we did not use the phone or the camera at all!

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An afternoon with a real “Pizzaiolo”

Everybody please meet Salvatore, the House parent of Champs des Bois (primary boarding House). One of his passions is making pizza, and actually preparing  A LOT of pizza for everybody to enjoy! So this is what he did yesterday: 9 huge pizzas which the junior boarders enjoyed during their special Saturday dinner.

In the first two photos, you can see the pizza that is ready to be put on the pan, after having “rested” in a warm corner of the kitchen. In the last photo… the yummy result!

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Supermoon forecast!

On Monday (Nov. 14) at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2016: a distance of 221,524 miles (356,508 kilometers) away. This distance, which is measured from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon, is within 85 miles (137 km) of the moon’s closest possible approach to Earth; to be sure, this is an extreme perigee.

Two hours and 37 minutes after perigee (the moon’s closest point to Earth), the orb will officially turn full. In recent years, the media has branded full moons that coincide with perigee as “supermoons,” and this month’s full moon will likely get a lot of extra attention since it will be the closest since Jan. 26, 1948.

When the moon appears near to the horizon when it is rising (just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 14), the famous “moon illusion” will kick in, which makes our natural satellite appear exceptionally large. However, that illusion happens frequently when the full moon skims the horizon. The supermoon that shines down on us later on Nov. 14 really won’t look that different from other full moons.

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For more info: www.space.com

Shopping for the Master Chef competition!

We are getting ready to cook and present a menu to a very special jury of four! And this is how the shopping went in Versoix…


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We will let you know the results of the competition… Have a great week-end!

Pumpkins galore! – with a “twist”

Tonight pumpkin carving was the activity after dinner: each boarder got busy with preparing his or her own pumpkin in order to decorate the school campus. However, the new idea was to also participate to this with a special outfit or make-up on… And the Ecureuil girls chose a theme: “Zombie Bikers”. This is what they looked like! Scary and fun 🙂 I hope we won the Halloween competition!