One of the biggest worries I had prior to our relocation last year was in finding a native speaker of Mandarin to continue my daughter’s lessons. I posted an inquiry on the local homeschool board hoping another family could recommend someone. My query resulted in only one option – can you feel my anxiety?
I gave him a call shortly after we moved and made arrangements to meet. Both Patrick and I were very impressed and agreed to continue our studies with him. Phew! In addition, not only would Geneva be continuing her lessons (two 1 hour sessions each week) but Jeffrey would begin as well (two 30 min sessions each week).
The other major difference was that the lessons would take place in his home. One of the greatest advantages of this is that it enabled us to take part in regular cultural lessons, specifically cooking. Over the past few months, we have had three cooking lessons – each very different: 饺子(jiaozi), 热干面 (règānmiàn), and 毛豆 (máodòu).
“For me, cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.” ~ Wolfgang Puck
Each dish has been wonderful and the kids and I have been able to recreate each a few days later to share with Dad. It has been a delight … and a bit of surprise. When we were reflecting upon 2011 and discussing our goals for 2012, Jeffrey stated that his favorite food was Chinese Food (I hadn’t realized this before) and that he wants to get better at cooking.
As we have continued to learn how to prepare a variety of Chinese dishes, I have compiled the links to the recipes and lessons below for your convenience. I will continue to add to this list as we progress.