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October 2011

Rhubarb Cake written by Li Min Teng (Journalism Volunteer, Malaysia, February – June 2011) (article published in The Village Issue no 9)   (published in Romania)

October 19, 2011 by   Comments(0)

A tangy dessert popularly served after a meal or as a snack. The creamy, smooth foam on top accompanied by sprinkles of fried sugar goes harmoniously with the spongy bottom of the cake. It can be indulged, fresh out the oven accompanied by ice cream. Or, it can be served after leaving it to chill in the fridge for a few hours, if one desires for a cold, luscious dessert that leaves your palette satisfied. A Biertan villager who claims her recipe had been passed down for generations had nobly shared this recipe.

 

Ingredients:

140 grams Sugar
140 grams Butter
280 grams flour
4 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 small teaspoon of bicarbonate
 
Foam:
4 egg whites
200 grams powdered sugar
 
Method:

Firstly, the sugar and egg yolks are mixed well. After that, add butter (which must be soft) into the mixture. Mix until creamed. Add bicarbonate to the milk and then pour it into the mixture. Add in the flour. Line the baking tin with baking paper and sprinkle it with a little semolina. Pour the cake mixture into the baking tin. Cut the Rhubarb into small pieces and add it over the surface of the cake. Press it in gently. Put it into the oven for half the cooking time (15-20 mins). While the cake is baking in the oven, make the foam. Whisk egg whites until they form stiff peaks then gradually add in sugar until it is thoroughly mixed. Take the cake out of oven and add the foam on top. Put the cake back into the oven for 15-20 minutes. The foam on top should be a little brown when taken out of the oven.

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Rhubarb Cake written by Li Min Teng (Journalism Volunteer, Malaysia, February – June 2011) (article published in The Village Issue no 9)https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/romania-social-manager/read/147526/rhubarb-cake-written-by-li-min-teng-journalism-volunteer-malaysia-february-june-2011-article-published-in-the-village-issue-no-9
Rhubarb Cake written by Li Min Teng (Journalism Volunteer, Malaysia, February – June 2011) (article published in The Village Issue no 9)
 

Learning Romanian Project (By Alexandra Ichim, Language Project Coordinator)   (published in Romania)

October 19, 2011 by   Comments(0)

At the end of August we were expecting a new volunteer for the Language Project. Her name is Marjolaine Brabander and she came in Romania choosing the project called ‘Learn Romanian’. She was the second volunteer for this year choosing this project. Everyone was curious why she was interested in such a project and why Romanian.

 

After meeting her everyone had the same question: ‘Why learning Romanian’? Her answer was genuine, filled with a big smile: ‘Because I am about to live for one year in Romania – Bucharest, studying Architecture’, she said. Marjolaine is from France and she applied for a scholarship in Romania. She chose to come with Projects Abroad first and learn the language directly from the source in the country where she was about to live for one year. She became part of the host family and she did everything possible to learn as many things about the culture, traditions and language.

 

This project has just become noticeable as a stand alone project (from 30 – 60 hours of language classes) and has started to be searched by people all over the world. The reasons why people choose to apply to this project vary from one person to the other, depending on the context. The language project has the following main points:

  • It runs as a stand-alone full time project, not combined with another volunteer project.
  • 30 hours’ tuition over 2 weeks or 60 hours’ tuition over 1 month.
  • Tailored to suit your ability and requirements.
  • Usually one-to-one tutoring.
  • Usually includes course textbooks.
  • You choose the start date.
  • You’ll be part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community in your chosen destination.

 

So, besides what you find on the internet, you will also find a cosy atmosphere, having an experienced teacher, tailoring the classes according to your needs and interests. Also, choosing the language project in Romania, you will have the chance to do different activities within the community, depending on your main interests.

 

Marjolaine was our first language project volunteer whose native language was French while the first volunteer on the language project this year was Jack Theis from USA. Each of them chose the Language Project for different purposes and we really hope we made their experience here worthwhile. Now, Marjolaine lives in Bucharest and she talks proudly in Romanian, still doing her homework and studying the language as it is spoken and written. We can say she is a true Romanian now.

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Learning Romanian Project (By Alexandra Ichim, Language Project Coordinator)https://www.mytripblog.org/pg/blog/romania-social-manager/read/147524/learning-romanian-project-by-alexandra-ichim-language-project-coordinator
Learning Romanian Project (By Alexandra Ichim, Language Project Coordinator)