English Reading Practice: Mom’s Apple Pie

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This apple pie is made of the freshest ingredients (by my mom!)

Last week, I posted a photo of my mom’s homemade apple pie and to my surprise, a lot of readers asked me about the recipe. So I asked my mom if she would write it down, and I thought I would share it with you guys today.

My mom is a pretty amazing person. She’s going to be 84 years old this month, but if you met her, you would think she is in her 60’s. Not only is she a two time cancer survivor, but she goes to the gym three days a week to work out and stay healthy. Yeah, I’m so proud of her. Here is the recipe. If you try it, please take a photo and send it to me, and I will post it here on the blog.

Key Vocabulary

  • Gala apples: A variety of apples. If you can’t find Gala apples, any other type of apple will work.
  • Peel (v): To remove the skin of a piece of fruit
  • Core (v): To remove the center of the apple
  • Drizzle (v): To pour just a little bit of liquid
  • Sprinkle (v): To pour something very fine, like salt or sugar
  • Dot (v): To place or put something randomly on another thing
  • Roll out (v): To make dough flat by using a rolling pin
  • Crimp (v): To squeeze together

Prepare crust for a 2 crust pie or use pre-made crust sold in grocery store.  I use a Pyrex 9″ glass pie pan..Place one crust into pie pan leaving a 1/2″ hang over the rim of the pan.

For filling:

  • 6   medium size Gala apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick.
  • 2    tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  cp   granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tabsp. Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/8  tsp. salt
  • 1    tbsp. corn starch
  • 1    tbsp. salted butter
  • 1   egg white

Put sliced apples in a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.  Stir to coat all slices.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.  Mix 2 tbsp. of sugar mixture with the cornstarch and sprinkle evenly over the bottom of crust.  Add 1/2 of the apples and pack them in lightly.  Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Add remaining apples filling in all gaps. Sprinkle in remaining sugar mixture on top.  Dot the top with pieces of butter.

Roll out second crust and cut into 1/2″ strips for lattice top.  Starting in center of pie using half of the strips lay each strip 1/2 inch apart.  Use the rest of strips weaving a lattice top. (over and under)…When all pieces are in place gently fold the overhang of bottom crust to cover ends of lattice and crimp edge. Brush with egg white lightly and bake in pre heated oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.   If crust starts to brown too fast, cover lightly with a sheet of aluminum foil.  Remove from oven when done and place on wire wrack to cool…Enjoy.

Thanks Mom!

English Idiom Lesson: Food Idioms

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English Lesson: Two Coffees, Please!

I was in a diner the other day with my friend Ken. After lunch the waiter asked if we wanted anything else, and we had the following conversation:

Waiter: Can I get you something else?
Michael: Yeah, can we have two coffees please?
Waiter: Sure thing.
Ken: Oh, and can we have two waters as well?
Waiter: Yes, of course

As you know, English has two kinds of nouns, countable and non-countable. Countable nouns are things we can count, such as pens, dogs, iPads, etc. Countable nouns have a plural form → 1 pen, 2 pens. 1 dog, 5 dogs.  

Non-countable nouns are things we cannot count. Some examples are liquids, like water and coffee, furniture, and luggage. Remember, non-countable nouns do not have a plural form.

There is an exception to this rule. Have a look at the conversation above once more and then check the rest of the lesson:

Normally, coffee and water are not countable. When we want to count liquids, we count based on the container:

  • Can I have two cups of coffee.
  • I drank five bottles of water today.

There is once exception to this rule. When you are in a restaurant, coffee shop, etc., you can order drinks without the container as in the conversation above:

  • Can we have two coffees please? “Two coffees” means two cups of coffee.
  • Can we have two waters as well? “Two waters” means two glasses of water.

This way of speaking is used when you are ordering and talking to the waiter, waitress, or staff at a café, etc. The next time you are out to eat, why not try using these sentences. Thanks for studying with me today.