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Special file on Christmas!

28/11/2014 - Activités enfants anglais

What will you find in our “2013 Speaking-Agency’s Christmas page”?

  • American recipes
  • A list of American and British grocery stores
  • Colouring on Christmas
  • A list of books selected by Speaking-Agency
  • A list of songs

American recipes for Christmas

Iced Sugar Cookies

MAKES ABOUT 1 ½ DOZEN
INGREDIENTS

3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
? cup milk
3-6 drops yellow food coloring
3-6 drops red food coloring


 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 tsp. vanilla. Slowly beat in dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Divide dough in half and shape each piece into a flat disk. Wrap disks in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour. 


2. Heat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, and working with 1 disk of dough at a time, roll dough ?" thick. Using a flower-shaped or other cookie cutter, cut dough and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing cookies 2" apart. Reroll and cut scraps. Bake until golden, 10-12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool completely.



3. Whisk remaining vanilla with confectioners' sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth. Transfer about ¼ cup icing to another bowl. Stir yellow food coloring into the larger amount and red coloring into the smaller amount, making a pale pink icing. Spread a layer of yellow icing over cookies and place a dot of pink icing in the center of each; let icing set before serving.

Source: www.saveur.com

Banoffee Pie

 

INGREDIENTS

 

FOR THE PIE CRUST:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 10-oz. package of digestive biscuits, such as McVities brand
 

 

FOR THE FILLING:
1 stick of unsalted butter 
½ cup (4 oz) packed dark brown sugar 
1 14-oz. can condensed milk, such as Carnation brand
4 bananas 
1 pint heavy cream
Grated chocolate
 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Make the crumb crust: Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor until you get a fine crumb texture. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter. Press into a 9"-diameter tart base with a removable bottom. Press the mixture up the sides of the tart form with the back of a spoon. Chill the crust in refrigerator for at least one hour.



2. Make the toffee: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and melt over low heat. Add the condensed milk and bring the mixture to a boil for a few minutes, stirring continuously. The toffee should darken slightly. Pour the filling into the crust. Cool and chill again for at least one hour until the caramel is firm.



3. To serve, remove the tart from the pan and carefully transfer to a serving plate. Slice the bananas and place them in a single layer on top of the caramel. Whip the cream and spoon it over the toffee and bananas, sealing the filling in. Sprinkle the top of the pie with grated chocolate.

 

Source: www.saveur.com

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons 

 

MAKES 3 DOZEN

 

INGREDIENTS

 

3 egg whites
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup turbinado sugar
3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. kosher salt
12 oz. dark chocolate chips, melted
 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Heat oven to 375°. Whisk egg whites in a bowl until loose and frothy; add coconut, sugar, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and stir until evenly combined.

 

2. Using a tablespoon, portion and roll mixture into balls and place 1" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; bake until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely.



3. Place chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Dip the bottom of each macaroon in chocolate and then transfer to parchment paper, chocolate-side down; let cool until chocolate is set. 

Source: www.saveur.com

Nutella Buns

 

MAKES 12 BUNS

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 (¼-oz.) package active dry yeast
¼ cup, plus 1 tsp. sugar
½ cup milk
9 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs
4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
¾ cup brown sugar
? cup coarsely chopped pecans
1½ cups Nutella
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Combine yeast, 1 tsp. sugar and ½ cup warm water in a bowl until foamy, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring milk to a simmer in a 1-qt saucepan over medium heat; set aside for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining sugar, 4 tbsp. butter, and salt and stir to yeast mixture with vanilla, 2 eggs, and flour just until combined. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap; let sit until dough doubles in size, about 1½ hours. 

     
  2. Heat oven to 375°. Melt remaining butter in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, stir until smooth, and pour into a 9" x 13" baking dish; sprinkle with pecans.

     
  3. Transfer dough to a floured surface and roll dough into a 15" x 20" rectangle. Spread Nutella evenly over dough, leaving a ½" border on one long side. Beat remaining egg in a bowl and brush the clean border of the dough. Roll dough into a log towards the end brushed with egg; trim ends and cut log into 12 rounds. Transfer rounds cut side up to the  baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Serve inverted onto plates and drizzle with syrup and nuts from the bottom of the baking dish.

Source: www.saveur.com

Rocky Road Brownies

 

INGREDIENTS

 

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for pan   
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1¼ cups sugar
3 eggs
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
10 oz. large marshmallows, quartered
3 oz. chewy caramels, such as Werther's
3 oz. milk chocolate, broken into small shards or chunks
1 cup roughly broken walnuts

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Line a 9" square baking pan with parchment paper and grease; set aside. Combine butter and unsweetened chocolate in a bowl and microwave until melted; set aside. In a bowl, beat sugar and eggs on medium-high speed of a mixer until thickened and tripled in volume. Add melted chocolate, and then add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat until just combined. 

     
  2. Transfer to prepared pan, and smooth with a rubber spatula; sprinkle evenly with marshmallows, caramels, milk chocolate, and walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes.

Source: www.saveur.com

Dorie Greenspan's Sables

 

MAKES 2 DOZEN

 

INGREDIENTS

 

16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
¼ cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
½ tsp. sea salt
3 egg yolks, at room temperature
2 cups flour
Crystal or dazzle sugar, to decorate (optional)
 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Combine butter, both sugars, and salt in a bowl and beat on medium speed of hand mixer until smooth and evenly combined. Add 2 yolks, and beat until smooth. Add flour, and beat until just combined. Transfer half the dough to a sheet of parchment paper and roll into a 2 ½"-wide cylinder; repeat with remaining half of dough. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. If you'd like, unwrap cylinders and brush with remaining yolk; roll in crystal sugar to coat, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

     
  2. Heat oven to 350°. Unwrap cylinders and cut into ?"-thick slices; transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets and bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes.
     

Source: www.saveur.com

White Chocolate Christmas Tree

 

MAKES 1 TREE

 

INGREDIENTS

 

2½ lbs. white chocolate (at least 20 percent cocoa butter), chopped
10–20 drops green food coloring
10–20 drops red food coloring

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Using a pencil and 4½", 3½", 3", 2½", and 1¾" round cookie cutters, trace two circles of each size on three parchment paper—lined baking sheets, leaving at least 2" of room around each circle; set aside. On another parchment paper—lined baking sheet, place both the 4½" and 2¼" rings; set aside.


2. Place 2 lb. chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, and stir constantly until melted, 6–8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in 1½–2 tsp. water; set aside for 20–25 minutes to thicken. Fill the 4½" and 2¼" cookie cutters with ¼ cup chocolate each; tap baking sheet to settle. Chill until set. Transfer remaining chocolate to a piping bag fitted with a ?" star tip, and using the pencil markings as your guide, pipe 1"-long "leaves" radiating from the circumference of each circle. Pipe an "x" inside each of the four largest circles to provide them with greater stability. Pipe two free-form leaves on one of the baking sheets; refrigerate baking sheets until the chocolate sets, 25–30 minutes.


3. Melt remaining chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Let cool slightly, and divide between two small bowls. Stir ½ tsp. water into one bowl; transfer to a small resealable plastic bag. Snip a small hole in corner of bag. Set both bag and bowl of chocolate aside.


4. Remove baking sheets from refrigerator. Unmold cookie cutters and, using bag of chocolate, pipe a small ring on top of the 2¼" circle. Place the 4½" circle on top of smaller circle to make a pedestal. Pipe a ring of chocolate around top edge of pedestal; place one of the largest circles of leaves on top. Continue this process, stacking circles of leaves, from largest to smallest to make a tree. Glue the two free-form leaves together with a drop of chocolate; secure them standing up on top of smallest circle to make a pointed treetop.


5. Divide remaining chocolate between 2 bowls; stir red food coloring into one and green into the other. Transfer each to a small resealable plastic bag, and snip a small hole in one corner of each bag. Pipe dots and strings around tree to make Christmas decorations. Chill until set, about 1 hour.

Source: www.saveur.com

A list of books selected by Speaking-Agency

 

  • Snowmen at Christmas

Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way!

 

This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle.Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.

 

  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

Acclaimed author Gloria Houston has written a tale that is as joyful and timeless as Christmas itself. Jewel-like paintings by two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney capture all of the season's warmth and mountain flavor. "A heartwarming holiday story, simply told and graced with true sentiment rather than sentimentality."--Kirkus Reviews. Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Booklist Best Books of the Decade. Full color.

 

 

  • Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect

Long, long ago, in a land far away, lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine. Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to birds, rabbits, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. Fortunately, the Queen had a different idea of perfection...

 

 

  • Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

What could be fancier than Christmas?

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

 

 

  • Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)

 

Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. Now for the first time, the youngest readers can share her adventures in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybooks. Renée Graef's warm paintings, inspired by Garth Williams' classic Little House illustrations, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life.

Colouring on Christmas

 

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Christmas songs to download

 

Angels we have heard on high

 

Angels we have heard on high, 
Singing sweetly through the night, 
And the mountains in reply 
Echoing their brave delight. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee? 
Why these songs of happy cheer? 
What great brightness did you see? 
What glad tiding did you hear? 
Gloria in excelsis Deo. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see 
Him whose birth the angels sing; 
Come, adore on bended knee 
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid 
Whom the angels praise above; 
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, 
While we raise our hearts in love. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo. 
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

 

O Christmas Tree

 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
In beauty green will always grow
Through summer sun and winter snow.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!
How often you give us delight
In brightly shining Christmas light!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Your beauty green will teach me
That hope and love will ever be
The way to joy and peace for me.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Your beauty green will teach me.

 

Deck the hall

 

Deck the hall with boughs of holly, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la. 
Tis the season to by jolly, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la. 
Don we now our gay apparel, 
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.


Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la. 
Strike the harp and join the chorus. 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.


Follow me in merry measure, 
Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la. 
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, 
Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 
Sing we joyous, all together, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la. 
Heedless of the wind and weather, 
Fa la la la la la, la la la la

 

O Holy Night

 

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoyces
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

And in His Name, all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise his holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy Divine

 

Jingle bells

 

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

 

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

 

You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen.
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose
(like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it
(saw it)
You would even say it glows
(like a flash light)
All of the other reindeer
(reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names
(like Pinochio)
They never let poor Rudolph
(Rudolph)
Play in any reindeer games
(like Monopoly)

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
(Ho Ho Ho)
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer loved him
(loved him)
And they shouted out with glee
(yippee)
"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
You'll go down in history!"
(like Columbus)

 

The little drummer boy

 

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum 
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.

 

White Christmas

 

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,
with every christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,
with every christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your christmases be white

May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your christmases be white

And may all your christmases be white (All your christmases be white)
And may all your christmases be white (All your christmases be white)
And may all your christmases be
(All your christmases be white)
(All your christmases be white)

 

We wish you a merry Christmas

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings to you and all of your kin; 
Good tidings for Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
We wish you a Merry Christmas, 
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings to you wherever you are; 
Good tidings for Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

  


A list of American and British grocery stores

 

  • WhSmith

248 rue de Rivoli
75 001 Paris
Métro Concorde, sortie Rue Cambon
Du lundi au samedi de 9h00 à 19h30 et le dimanche de 13h00 à 19h30.

Au premier étage de cette librairie britannique, juste à côté des livres de cuisine, un rayon épicerie anglaise a ouvert récemment chez WH Smith, à Paris.

Vous y trouverez que des produits typiquement britanniques, comme la marmite, le golden syrup, les digestive biscuits, les Hob Nobs, la marmelade, les céréales de la marque Dorset, des confiseries, du thé, des shortbreads, etc. Ce n’est pas très grand mais si vous êtes nostalgiques de certains produits anglais, c’est magique !

 

  • British grocery stores in Paris

5 cité du Wauxhall - 75010
Ouvert de 10h à 19h du mardi au vendredi : et de 11h à 19h le samedi.
Ouvert 24/24h et 7/7j en ligne

  • La Grande épicerie de Paris - 38, rue de Sèvres, 75007
  • The English Shop - 10, rue Mesnil, 75016
  • Marks & Spencer - 100 avenue des Champs  Elysées / 1 rue de Berry – 750008 Paris

British & American grocery stores in Lyon :

 

  • Little Britain

12, boulevard des Brotteaux 
69006 LYON

Tél. : 04 78 26 51 13 

 

British & American grocery stores in Lille :

  • Thomas Greens, Lille

159 rue Leon Gambetta
59000

 

British & American grocery stores in Montpellier :

  • 12 Rue Four des Flammes, 34000 Montpellier

 


 Epiceries anglaises-américaines à Bordeaux :

  • TEA COSY

60, rue Bouffard
33000 Bordeaux

 

British & American grocery stores in Nice :

  • Geoffrey's Of London 

Rue Lacan / La galerie du Port, 06600 Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins 

 

British & American grocery stores online :

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