The Melting Tips!- Newsletter #14

The Ravaging Australian Fires

It’s with great sadness that Australia keeps burning. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called out 3000 military members, on the 4th of January, to fight against the forest fires that have devastated the country for 4 months now. “This decision allows for more men on the field, more planes in the sky, more ships on the sea”, announced the chief of government, critiqued for his management in crisis.

Australia is currently ravaged by more than 200 blazes, according to the Guardian. Since the beginning of the season of fires, in September, the flames have destroyed almost 6 million acres of forests and wild bushes. This is the equivalent of twice the size of Belgium.

The Australian firefighters’ tasks is so complicated by the extreme climate conditions, Hundreds of fires were stowed on Saturday by violent winds and temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. 

The state of urgency was decreed in the south-east of Australia, the most populated region of the country, faced with advanced fires. Authorities ordered Friday 100 000 people to evacuate in three states.The climate events of this extent bring us to ask ourselves in what world we want to involve in and what we are ready to do to save the earth. 

On a lighter mood, let’s move on to things that you can do these upcoming weeks in and out of Kedge.

Kedge Activities Schedule for January

These is the monthly schedule for Kedge and all the activities presented are organized by associations/clubs (like Melting Potes!). You can find this specifics about each event on the association’s Facebook page like pricing, time, place and most importantly shotgun time :).

Life in Bordeaux

If you want to discover Bordeaux in addition to spending time at Kedge events, we got you covered. We not only have 1 or 2 suggested activities but 3!

For the foodies:

If you have a salty or sweet tooth we’re sure you’ll find what you’re craving for. Come and enjoy brunch with your new friends in Bordeaux at ‘La Collation’ which will be in your budget (and guarantee some bomb Instagram photos 😉 ).

For the artsy:

Have you ever wondered how mankind has evolved from using rocks to make fire to self-driving cars? Well you’re in luck because at Cap Sciences in Bordeaux there’s a great exhibition exploring how humans have kept making tools and machines to help in everyday life.

For the adventurous:

Locked in room, 60 minutes to escape to get out! You’ll need to look for clues, hints and pathways to escape or else… From 2 to 5 people per team so you could really make this a fun competition. 

If you really want to experience French culture, we have just the thing for you, our fortnightly recipe!

La Galette des Rois or Twelve Nights Cake

This is a traditional desert that many French and europeans eat for the special Twelve Nights Christian celebration. Make this with your friends and enjoy it while watching a French movie named by the desert ‘La Galette du Roi’ or The King’s Cake.

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls of puff pastry dough
  • 125g of Lamond powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g of butter
  • 100g of sugar
  • A hand-full of almonds

step 1

In a mixing bowl, mix softened butter with the sugar and the almond powder and mix. Add the two eggs one after the other, mixing vigorously each time. To add a little crunch to your cake, add a fist full of crushed almond pieces.

step 2

Roll the puff pastry dough thinly onto a oven pan with baking paper on the bottom. With a baking brush, humidify the borders of the dough with water without spilling over. 

step 3

Spread around the almond mixture in the middle of the dough. For the amateurs of this tradition, this would be the moment to but the charm in the mixture.

step 4

Layer on top of the dough and mixture the other puff pastry sheet very gently. Press down on the wet borders of the cake with your fingers so that both layers adhere together, then fold back the borders inwards to keep the filling inside. Press down again on the borders then score the edges with a knife to add detail.

step 5

Mix one egg with a teaspoon of milk, then paint over the cake over with the mixture with a pastry brush. Place it in the fridge for 30 min then re-coat the cake once again. Be careful not to spill over the edges of the cake because this could prevent for the puff pastry to rise.

Step 6

With the point of a knife, score diagonal lines across the cake to make a checkered pattern or be creative and draw some designs like crowns and flowers etc. Put it in the oven at 240 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius for the last 20 min of baking time.

Finally, we have a little game for you. Since we’re all international here, try to translate these sayings in your own language and try and make sense of it (it should be funny).

Translation Game

English: A bad bush is better than the open field
German: Wein sagt die Wahrheit
Italian: A gran promettitor poca fede si deve
Spanish: Del dicho al hecho, hay gran trecho
French: Qui vole un oeuf vole un boeuf 

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