Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recent Happenings

Dinner at the Leo's

A few weeks ago, Sherry and her family invited us to join them for dinner. It was a cooking lesson for me and a Mahjong lesson for Daniel. When we arrived, Sherry's mother was making pizza. She taught me how to make pizza in a frying pan on the stove, which is surprisingly easy and delicious. Then we started to cook dinner, but I was distracted by learning Japanese with Grandma. After dinner Jason taught (rather tried to teach) Daniel Chinese Chess. Unfortunately, the game requires memorizing some Chinese characters so it's going to take some practice. Once dinner was cleaned up, the "grown-ups" played Mahjong - which was really funny because Sherry, who's the translator, didn't quite understand how to play and was struggling to explain it to Dan. After a few rounds, he got the hang of it. The night ended with a Tai Chi lesson.

Western Style Cooking Lesson

This past weekend we went back to the Leo's for a Western style meal. Sherry's mother wanted to learn how to cook steaks "Western style." So we had a great meal, complete with baked potatoes, green beans, broccoli, salad, rolls, and American beer. The family had a great time enjoying some of our favorites. We even got them to eat raw broccoli for the first time (in the salad), and the baked potatoes were a hit.

Making Zongzi - Rice Dumplings

After dinner Sunday we stopped by Shao Hu's house and learned how to make zongzi with Sherry's aunt. These rice dumplings are a traditional food eaten mostly during Dragon Boat Festival.

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