Monday, December 5, 2011

Mango Salsa

My daughter is in First Grade and she is enjoying learning how to read and write. It's fun to see her being so happy to read a full sentence... and even more proud to be able to write new words. One of the games we have been playing these last few days is the "MENU GAME". She comes with her ardoise magique and asks me for the menu for the next meal. Then she gets down to the task of writing it down so that she can read it before we start our meal. This game is hard for a 6-year-old just discovering sounds. Why do "haricots" take a silent "h"? Why do French people spell onions : "oignons"? "Yaourts"? "Fruits"? This is tough! At least, since we eat a lot of veggies and most days, my children have yaourt and fruits for dessert, she gets to write it over and over again. It gets more difficult with the main dish as I try to diversify the menu and include international ingredients in our diet (curcuma anyone?)
Although she goes to a bilingual school, we have been playing this game in French only. English spelling is tough for French native speakers ("sprouts, eggplant, grapes, grapefruit, pineapple"?)... so we'll wait for a few months once the whole French potager is spelled correctly;)
Until then, here is a nice little exercise: easy for the adults who prep the food, relatively easy for the kids who want to spell (in English)... and very easy for everybody to eat with chips for an apéritif or as a side dish to fish. For those of you who want to be able to spell the French Potager by the end of the year, I wrote the ingredients in French as well. Bon Appétit!

- 1 mangue (1 mango)
- 1/2 oignon rouge (1/2 red onion)
- 1/2 concombre (1/2 cucumber)
- 1 bouquet de coriandre (a bunch of cilantro)
- Piment Rouge (Red pepper flakes)
- 1 citron vert (one lime)
- Sel (salt)

  • Cut the mango and cucumber in small dices
  • Slice the red onion very very thin
  • Cissor some cilantro (as much as you like)
  • Season with lime juice, salt and red pepper flakes.


  1. What a fun game! And what a delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cool game!
    Now that I have a daughter of my own and a plan to move to the US next year, I do worry about her learning french and being able to communicate fluently in French. Right now (she is 7 months old), her dad speaks to her in English and I speak French. But what is going to happen when we move and french is not her "everyday language"? What do you think is most important: always speaking french at home? attending bilingual school?
    Have you read books about raising a bilingual child? Do you have any recommendation?

    Obviously this is a super interesting subject to me....

    On another note the Mango Salsa looks absolutely divine! I'll include it in my meal plan this week!

    Bonne année!


  3. To Leoh:
    Thanks for your comment. This is obviously a great topic. From what I know/have read/have heard, the best thing to do is for you and your husband to speak your native language to your daughter and stick to that, no matter what you and your husband speak to eachother. The day she starts to talk, you have to make sure that she is responding to you in French. It might take her a little time, esp. if she grows up in the US but that way, she'll know that she speaks French to her mom and English to her dad. Our kids go to a bilingual school (French/English) and obviously, this is a great, albeit expensive, option. If you don't work, you could always try to meet with French-speaking families for your daughter to be exposed to more French (in addition to the French books/CD/DVDs). You are going to be amazed by how she manages to speak two languages fluently in a few years! Good luck!

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