This yummy treat is a meringue cake that has a crispy crust but a soft and light center. Pavlova are Christmas dishes typically topped with things like kiwi, strawberries, and other colorful fruits. If you are familiar with ballet then you might have recognized that this scrumptious dessert is said to be named after the amazing Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (February 12, 1881 – January 23, 1931) who performed in both Australia and New Zealand in the 20’s. Check out this recipe so and see if you can recreate a delicious Pav for yourself! ENJOY!!!
Photo & Recipe Credit: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19217/traditional+pavlova
*Note the measurements have been converted.
Prep Time – Approximately 30 minutes
Cook Time – 1 hour
Difficulty – Easy
Servings – 8
- 6 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
- **Pinch cream of tartar
- 10 oz thickened cream
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar mixture
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250g strawberries, hulled, sliced
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled, sliced
- 150g blueberries
**Cream of tartar increases the volume of egg whites when beating and gives the Pavlova a crispy crust.
- Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mark a 8-inch circle on the paper.
- Step 2 : Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add caster sugar. Beat for 10 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Add cream of tartar. Beat for 1 minute. Spoon mixture onto circle. Using a palette knife or spatula, shape into a circle with high sides. Make ‘furrows’ up the sides.
- Step 3: Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Turn off oven. Allow to cool in oven with door slightly ajar.
- Step 4: Using an electric mixer, beat cream, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Place Pavlova on a serving plate. Top with cream mixture and fruit. Serve.
Guest Blogger: Lindsay Anderson, Senior Program Assistant at the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Have you ever had a feeling or felt an emotion that, when asked to describe it, you couldn’t find a single word in your own language to explain it? Does an action or feeling trigger a memory or a funny/cute/interesting stream of consciousness in your mind? Well you are not alone! In fact, this phenomenon of “untranslatability” is quite common across all cultures. Here are a few intriguing examples of feelings, emotions, actions, and situations that are deemed “untranslatable” from around the world. See if you can think of any others!
SWEDISH RUKWANGALI (Bantu Language)
KOREAN INUIT (American Indian)
TSHILUBA (Bantu Language) YAGAN (Indigenous Australians)
Photo Credit for the Above Photos: http://www.boredpanda.com/untranslatable-words-found-in-translation-anjana-iyer/
Photo Credit for the Above Photos: http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-illustrations-untranslatable-words-marija-tiurina/
Photo Credit: http://piccsy.com/2013/11/photo-131ce81c5
Guest Blogger: Lindsay Anderson, Senior Program Assistant at the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Original Post Date: 6/14/13)
At the start of the semester, as with any new school year, school clubs and circles began accepting new members. One of those was Hoa Aloha – a self-proclaimed hula circle. I wasn’t sure of the validity of their skill, not that I have any of my own to speak of nor expert knowledge of this cultural activity that they take part in, but I thought it’d be fun to do in my free time. The day they were holding a meeting for newcomers I stopped by and while I was there Tina (Christina), one of the other study abroad students who actually is from Hawaii, was on her way to practice with the school’s volleyball team. I stopped, hoping to get her honest opinion, and asked if she could tell me just by looking at them practice if they were legit. I have no foundation or standard by which to compare these girls except from what I know out of movies (which are not the most reliable source to learn about a group of people). She stood in the doorway a moment then turned to me to say, “Yes, I think they are pretty good.” They proved to be capable of many hula styles so I was hooked . . . and the rest is history.
For the past few weeks I’ve been learning the dance that us beginners will be performing sometime in my last week in Japan. This’ll be the opportunity of a lifetime to fulfill one of the goals on my LIFE bucket list. I’d hoped to do this on a potential trip to Hawaii but maybe if I go I can impress them with this little number. It’s still in progress but when I hear the song we’re going to use – He Mele No Lilo (the opening song from Lilo & Stitch) – I just get so happy because I feel like I’m participating in such an amazingly awesome group.
These girls really work very hard at what they do. They practice several times a week doing dances they learned on their own (no instructors here!) and have fun doing something beautiful with good friends. To me, they are the true definition of family with the way they treat each other. Our senpai are some of the most caring and fun people I’ve ever had the pleasure to look up to. I respect them so much because they don’t look down on us beginners. They pay close attention to detail when it comes to their craft and do their best to make sure that everyone in the group is on the same page. What’s more, they are so kind and accepting of me in all my foreignness. I’ve not felt such warmth and happiness while being involved in a group since high school (sports, etc.). I cannot wait to don my tube top and official skirt and wow the crowd with this crazy cool bunch of girls!
Guest Blogger: Lindsay Anderson, Senior Program Assistant at the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Original Post Date: 4/30/13 from Tokyo, Japan – on one week break from school travelling in Seoul, South Korea)
13:37 – Upon re-researching all of the places I wanted to visit around Seoul today, I came to the realization that nearly everything is well within walking distance of each other (about 5-10 minutes). After arriving at Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station I headed to Jongmyo Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and went on a tour that only cost about $1 (~1000 KRW). I learned about some early Korean history and facts that are central to this place. For instance, from the entrance to various parts of the shrine there is a tiered walkway with the center tier marked off as a place that people cannot walk on because it’s for the spirits of the royals to walk on (the shrine is dedicated to them). Also, there are two ponds with a circular island in the center that represents the Earth and the square that surrounds it represents the universe. One pond had a beautiful 150-year-old Juniper tree in the middle.
Map of Jongmyo Shrine
I’m at Unhyeongung Mansion, a former residence of an important figure, doing a 30-cent self-tour and it’s amazing! I can’t even imagine living in such an open-air residence. Just inside, an older woman walked up to me and asked where I am from. I told her the US and then she invited me to a traditional Korean wedding at 14:00. She said, “I hope you will enjoy it!” I hope so too because I fear that people will think I’m strange for being an underdressed, unofficial guest.
14:20 – I can’t understand what’s being said but what I can comment on is the ceremony and the ritualistic nature of the wedding. It feels like religion is deeply embedded within the rites. The bride’s dress is really colorful and bright while the groom’s outfit is dark and stoic. No one seems to have a problem with my being here. Besides, I’m not the only person who wasn’t officially invited; many have come and gone already. The official is an older man with a sweet chanting voice and I think the female MC is narrating what he says.
Bride and Assistant
Bride and Groom Before Their Family
Two ladies assist the couple and, like all weddings, the photographers are swarming them. Periodically everyone starts laughing – this isn’t a purely solemn ceremony. The bride has had her hands in her sleeves for the most part, only taking them down from in front of her face to perform the rites and again to hug each of the mothers after the couple bows to salute the parents. I wish them all the best. I’d never have seen this in my lifetime. After a long day I’m satisfied and happy that everything worked out. There probably won’t ever be a reason for me to visit Seoul again and I’m determined to make the best of my three days here.
Guest Blogger: Lindsay Anderson, Senior Program Assistant at the Illinois Study Abroad Office (Original Post Date: 4/4/13 from Tokyo, Japan)
Today we had a “Learning Strategy” workshop with the staff of our program to show us that receiving an education here in Japan will be different than in America. The previous presenter told us that the goal of our program is “Japan Literacy” – getting to know the language and culture of Japan. There were three categories that represented levels of competency:
- Level One – an individual who doesn’t know Japanese, doesn’t have any way to use Japanese but knows a few things from the culture => i.e. an anime fan
- Level Two – a person who conducts business in Japan/with Japanese people and has a basic understanding of greetings and set phrases
- Level Three – an individual who has a full understanding of both the culture and the language and is capable of using that knowledge
Photo Credit: https://tamachi22.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/aisatsu/
My immediate thought was where do I fit in? I was never really a huge fan of anime (one biased stigma about those who choose to learn Japanese), I am obviously not a businesswoman at this point in my life, and I definitely cannot claim a complete understanding of everything Japanese. So where does that leave me? If I have no place then why am I here?
The speaker went on to say that there are three methods of understanding to be achieved here:
- Socio-cultural – how to function amongst Japanese people while following cultural and social norms
- Socio-linguistic – how to use the language correctly in the appropriate situation
- Linguistic – understanding the nuances of the language
She said that the first two aren’t really things that can be fully accomplished in a classroom but, as any language learner should know, combined and individually they are very important for successful interaction.
Here’s the self-realization part.
Last week, I had a conversation with Hannah, one of the other students in the program. We discussed our experiences with Japanese and she explained that she’d been living here since last semester. She mentioned that she had about two years of language study experience but stated that she really improved after being in Japan for so long. It hit me that while my seven years of Japanese linguistic/cultural education isn’t useless, it’s definitely been missing intense practical application. I had only been ‘doing’ Japanese.
I may have had a longer history of being drilled on grammar, vocabulary, and cramming for tests, but Hannah was literally ‘living’ Japanese – absorbing everything in her daily life as a student in Japan. Not that my past Japanese teachers didn’t do their best in teaching me (I wouldn’t be where I am today without them). But they couldn’t provide constant exposure.
While I surprisingly tested into the highest level, there is of course always room for improvement and I have every intention of doing so by ‘living’ Japanese here. This workshop ended with, “You are in control of your own learning. How do YOU want to learn?” I challenge everyone studying abroad to think about this message but also to have fun!
Photo Credit: http://deco.galman.jp/keyword/じゃまた/
Guest Blogger: Dolly Ahmad, Program Assistant at the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
I arrived in Istanbul just over 8 hours ago, and have been in my apartment for 6 hours. I thought it would be pretty clever if I posted the conversation me and my sister had just now because I pretty much just recapped everything eventful that just happened, and to answer the question that is on everyone’s mind; is Dolly a regretful wreck like she thought she would be? It would be like the Picasso of blog posts. And would NOT be inspired by laziness, pshh….(goes on to copy and paste convo)
Well that didn’t work out, but believe me I tried, and I am going to leave that paragraph up there so you guys know how much trouble I go through for you all ;)
Lets start with the flight: My first flight landed in London, I had a WINDOW SEAT!!
Aww yehh I never get those. Then then then my neighbor ended up being another study abroad student except she was from Harvard so she was almost as good as me. Kidding, she was actually super super friendly, we quickly started talking. We were even asked to convert to Mormonism together and took the MTD BUS that takes you from one side of London Heathrow airport to the other together. It was quite chill. Then we parted ways, and I felt the cold breeze of loneliness.
When we landed in Turkey, I had the biggest stupid smile on my face getting off of the plane, and that is VERY unlike me so I must have really felt great at the time. Or was it sleep deprivation? Either way, I was incredibly happy to be in Turkey, just immediately. Then my excitement turned into anxiety when I was looking for the lady I was supposed to meet, a good friend of a cousin of mine. But my anxiety was short lived because I found her extremely quickly! Somebody must have done amazing dua for me because I had the easiest time ever in my journey, alhamdulillah. These are really just a few examples.
So the lady I met, named Zehra, turned out to be the loveliest person ever, period. She was SO SWEET and incredibly selfless, it was a true blessing to have met her. We ended up taking a subway (“metro”) then a bus then a taxi to get to my apartment from Ataturk International Airport. Which ended up not being…too terrible…, but, I was not prepared to be plop in the busiest part of the city, lugging my fifty pound suitcase + more luggage through flights of stairs to catch the bus. The number of complete strangers that grabbed my bag and attempted to help me with my luggage was incredible and left me so touched that it ended being well worth the struggle.
We were so relieved when we were finally at the apartment, and I was ECSTATIC when I saw how lovely the apartment was. These pictures dont do it justice, but I will upload them anyways because I promised you fools more pictures. Click here for photos.
Downside; it is ON THE FIFTH FLOOR WITH NO ELEVATOR! But then again, I won’t be spending precious time here going to the gym so we’ll call it my daily workout.
After I put down my bags, me and Zehra went to go eat, which, like the taxi and bus rides, I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO PAY FOR! What a selfless person. Zehra treated me better than I will probably treat my future kids, it was just too nice. Too too nice, I didn’t deserve any of it. We parted ways but made plans for the weekend.
And then I came back to my apartment and I officially met one of my roommates, who is great. And she told me that she is meeting with a lady tomorrow TO GET A KITTY!!! Except they are afraid that the kitten will fall out the window since we are so high up and the house is well endowed [with windows], and said windows do not have netting as a barrier and will be open during warm whether since we don’t have air conditioning…:( I hope I never have to witness that.
I really need to tell you all about the neighborhood and its streets and how much I LOVE IT, it is incredibly charming and reminds me faintly of streets in Saharanpur, my hometown in India. But I want to take decent pictures before I go on and describe it, so please ya’ll wait.
I’m so enchanted by Istanbul right now, its beyond incredible. I can’t even explain, there is just nothing not to love, and so far I’ve had what seems like very powerful duas working in my favor (thanks everyone). So hopefully that answers your question regarding the title of the post :)
Please stay tunedd because next time I will grace you with pictures of Rumeli Hisarustu, my lovely but hill-y neighborhood that I am OBSESSED with! I stuck my head out the window and stared at it for 15 minutes, taking it in. The neighbors threw a shoe at me. (jk) I’m actually afraid pictures might not do it justice, it is more of an experience than just a visual. Like you have to be able to smell the kabobs from the hundreds of restaurants here while walking down an acute angle-type hill to really appreciate it. But I will try and convey the beauty of it to you all :)
Time for some sleep.
Guest Blogger: Jenny Aguayo Program Assistant at the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
After an incredible experience studying in a foreign country, you’re sure to have picked up the local language to some extent. Whether gaining language skills was one of your goals for your study abroad experience or not, don’t let those skills disappear once you’ve returned! Here are some EASY ways to maintain fluency in your target language!
1. Listen to International Music
Music is a worldwide passion. Thanks to the internet, you have access to music in just about any language in the world. Listen to music from your study abroad host country to keep in touch with the culture, read off the lyrics with some friends on a Karaoke Night, or listen to songs in your target language on your way to class!
2. Watch Foreign Movies/TV Shows
With subtitles or without, challenge yourself to enjoy a foreign film. Check your local events to see if there is a foreign film festival coming to town soon, or stream a translated version of your favorite movie. Netflix has a great foreign film selection, but you can also check the library for free rentals! Check out a projector from the Undergraduate Library and host a movie night with your friends!
It doesn’t have to be a grammar book, but reading is a great way to maintain your language skills. Depending on your fluency, you can choose to opt for children’s books, bilingual books, or novels written by a famous foreign author. Another great tip is to read your favorite book translated into your target language! This way, you know the story well enough to enjoy the book and can focus more on the language. The foreign reading opportunities are endless! You can also try online newspapers or magazines from a foreign country- also a great way to stay in touch with the culture and global happenings!
4. Talk to People .. at Cultural Events!
Start a chat group or make friends fluent in your target language! A great source for this is any cultural Registered Student Organization on campus; these student groups often love to share their culture and would be more than happy to practice the language with you. You can also attend social events at the cultural houses and meet diverse groups of people.
5. Social Media
If you don’t have too much extra time to attend as many cultural events as you’d like, you can also find chat groups online for language learning. WeSpeke is a site made for people around to world to connect for the purpose to learning, practicing, or maintaining their language skills! Connect with a buddy, or talk to someone new each time. And yes, there’s an app for that.
Guest Blogger: David Silberberg, Program Assistant at the Illinois Study Abroad Office
While studying abroad in Senegal, I had my fair share of Thieboudienne, the country’s national dish made with fish, rice, vegetables, and seasoning. My favorite Senegalese dish, though, was Yassa Poulet (or Chicken Yassa), made with a whole chicken, lots of onions, and served over rice or couscous. Luckily, this is something that is not too difficult to make at home! My personal favorite recipe included smoking the chicken, but luckily for college students, using an oven and a pan works as well. Since meals in Senegal are traditionally eaten in large groups, this recipe will serve 6 people.
To start, you will need:
-One frier chicken that weighs about 2.5 to 3.5 pounds
-3 lemons to juice
-3-4 whole onions, sliced thinly
-1 carrot, chopped
-Salt and pepper
-5 tablespoons of peanut oil (or another cooking oil)
-1 hot red chili pepper, chopped
-1/2 cup of water
Start by cutting the chicken into pieces and marinading in the lemon juice, salt and pepper, 4 tablespoons of oil, onions, and chili pepper for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Remove the chicken, saving the marinade, and place in your oven after it has been pre-heating on broil. Briefly broil on the top rack, browning lightly on both sides (be careful not to overcook!)
Remove the onions from your marinade and add to a pan (large enough to fit all your ingredients) with the remaining oil. After the onions are tender, add the remainder of your marinade and, when hot, add the pieces of chicken, the chopped carrot, and the 1/2 cup of water. Simmer the contents of the pan for about 20 minutes on low-heat, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Place in a platter over white rice, and enjoy!
-College student kitchen-friendly recipe taken with help from: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chicken-yassa-104782
Guest Blogger: Alicia Daniels, Program Assistant at the Illinois Study Abroad Office
Here at the Illinois Study Abroad Office we get an array of questions ranging from “what schools are most similar to the University of Illinois” to “what city has the best student life?” However, one of our most frequent inquires is the age old question “how do I even get started trying to study abroad!?” Well you are in luck, from the comfort of your own couch I will tell you four ways that helped me plan my international abroad experience!
- Decide what you want out of your academic experience.
Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience. You meet people from around the world, visit breathtaking monuments, and (depending on your location) can travel to other countries as well. However, we must remember the study in study abroad. You don’t want to end up at an institution you don’t like for 4-6 months just because it is in Italy! Figure out how studying abroad fits in with your academic goals. Ask yourself, do you want to take general education classes or fulfill major requirements? Does your college restrict you from taking certain classes away from campus? Thinking about your academic future can definitely help you narrow down your choices for which program you would like to apply to.
- Speak to your advisor.
Your home university advisor is not around to just send you pesky e-mails about class registration! Use their guidance to help you decide which classes you can take abroad and how this will affect you once you return from overseas. Here at the University of Illinois we have a specific set of advisors in each department that specialize in helping students choose classes that will keep their academic career going. Click here to see this great resource and contact your Study Abroad 299 advisor today!
- Where do you want to live?
The study abroad experience allows students to enjoy a variety of locations in over 60 different countries. So many options can provide a variety of living experiences. Think of what type of environment you want to live in abroad. Do you prefer something similar to your home university? Would you like to be in a small rural city or large city? How comfortable you are with figuring out public transportation? Would a host family or dorm life be a better fit for what you want out of your study abroad program? Questions like these helped me choose my perfect host university!
- Visit your Study Abroad Office!
It is true that the study abroad experience is a lot of independent research and decision making; however, your Study Abroad Office is always here to help you! One of the best ways to get started is visiting your local SAO advisors and staff. Sometimes talking to someone is the best way to figure out what you really want in regards to leaving the country. Program Assistants at the Illinois Study Abroad Office are students just like you who needed guidance on how to study abroad and now we look forward to helping you out in the same way! Please come visit to talk about your study abroad experience today!