|Christmas Tree in Parkland Shopping Mall|
Not only did I need to bake 84 cookies, which in itself would take a while, I also did it in the school's toaster oven (which I brought home). My recipe was pretty basic, so finding the right ingredients wasn't a problem (and I brought baking powder with me). I also lucked out in that I was making small cookies I was able to fit 12 on the baking sheet. I made extra cookies assuming that I was going to need a test batch - which was a good idea. The first batch were pretty burnt on the bottom. I ended up turning down the temperature, but using the same amount of time, and by the 3rd batch they came out looking pretty much right.The exchange was hosted by our grade 2 teacher, who recently (like 3 weeks ago) had a baby, so the evening was just as much (if not more so) about the baby as it was about the cookies. None of the doors in her building had numbers on them, but the smell of cookies and hot buttered rum gave her apartment away. She also has a real tree - it looked just like a Canadian home. I'm still wondering where they got a tree, let alone a large, full, nice one.
During the break I'm going to be a Dalian tourist -
this is one of the places I want to go. Everything on the menu looked good. What I really want to try is the ice cream ball and fruit chocolate fondu.
Here are a few more China pictures for your amusement.
|Diesel Display window|
|Best erasers. Ever.|
|Legendary Tiny Nymphs - Notebooks come in a variety of sizes and have cartoons throughout.|
|You shouldn't play with your food - it makes them unhappy.|
|This sign actually makes sense - the name of the bakery is BreadTalk. |
But still awesome.