Perfumed Pork Sausage

In case you’re wondering, nope, I didn’t add Chanel No. 5 in the patties. The fragrance comes from the lemongrass and it’s a refreshing moment as you combine the nine ingredients together. You can’t wait to cook them!

The picture doesn’t turn out well. My apologies. I’m not a pro photographer in the first place. Besides, I would rather spent the time savouring the pork sausage (doesn’t look like one) than taking perfect pictures.

As usual, I’m not brilliant when it comes to frying and some of them turned out charred even though I’ve replaced the oil after using it twice. Next time, I might try baking them. The amount of time for the frying is dependent on how thick your patties are. But, trust me, you have to try these. I like them!

Other ways to cook them:
1. Divide them into balls of about 1 inch and make a nice, warm soup complete with asparagus, carrots, dried seaweed and eggflower. Use chicken broth as the base soup and serve with rice.

2. Divide them into discs of diameter 2 inches and flatten them. Bake them in a 350F oven for 45 minutes.

Adapted from Eve: Contemporary Cuisine Methode Traditionelle
Serves 4

1 pound ground pork
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/3 cup shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small stalk lemon grass, minced (about 1 1/2 tbsp)
1/4 cup coriander stems, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
Freshly ground black pepper
Light cooking oil

1. Combine first 9 ingredients gently in bowl being careful not to overwork or meat will bind up and become tight.

2. From a single tsp of mixture into a patty, season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cook in a small saute pan with a little oil. Taste to determine whether the rest of the batch needs additional seasoning – adjust seasoning as needed, incorporating gently as to not overwork meat. (You can skip this step if you like).

3. Divide sausage mixture into 8 – 9 patties – first forming gently into balls and then flatten gently as to not overwork mixture.

4. Season patties with salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat oil in a large saute ┬ápan and saute until just cooked through – about 2-3 minutes per side (depending on thickness of the patties; I used 5 minutes per side).

WA @ PSS: Parent Association Meeting

I’m not sure if this is common but as I stepped into the school gym this morning, I was amazed by the turnout of the parents – there must be at least 40 of them!

They were present for the Parent Association Meeting and for a school with a total enrollment of at most 180 students, it tells me something – that they were truly committed to their children’s learning by being involved in the school. Well, I could be cynical by saying that they have to be or should be interested in their children’s schooling since they paid a HUGE sum for the school fees each year but I would like to think otherwise.

The one-hour meeting with the parents was mostly chaired by the parents themselves. There is a committee of course and they chair the various areas:

Library/Book Fair
Community Cares
Teacher Appreciation
Parent Breakfast ( I like!)
Class Parents – update the portal on classroom activities and plan class parties

One of the committee members said this,”I really love PSS. I came for the open house when my first kid was 2 years old. And now, I have 2 kids in the school and the third one still adjusting to the Fall weather in New England. This school is truly amazing.”

If I have parents who give such comments about my school the next time, that will be such a great encouragement to the teachers. I will definitely give him/her a box of macarons to show my appreciation in return. =p

So, we have parents who truly adore the school and they themselves have become friends with one another and formed a network to serve the school. How neat! Parents who genuinely show interest unlike some of the ones we have – those who serve in a bid to increase the chance of their child enrolling in the school and once their child gets into the school, their service stops. I’m sorry to give such a comment but as you can tell, I am not for this idea. Period.

The only time that the school staff came on to address the parents was when the principal updated the crowd with the school’s homework policy and its curriculum. Nice. I like that the school informs the parents about their stance on homework.

On another note. The reading specialist finally came today! Yay! I certainly hope I could have the chance to interact with her and find out exactly what she does in terms of intervention in reading. Would it be the same as LSC?

On work attachment.

There must be a season for replies for the relevant unit.

Just received the confirmation to my application for the Teacher Work Attachment at PSS. Yipee!

At this point, I’m feeling grateful, that my employer/organisation values learning and will consider my application even though I’m on NPL. I love all these provisions that are available for teachers and more so that they are willing to consider on a case-by-case basis. Having said that, I would still volunteer in the school even if the application was not approved. There’s so much to learn! While I see the value in learning aspects of education in universities, I see a greater benefit in learning the practical aspects from the teachers. That’s when you really reflect on all the theories you have studied thus far and see the connections. =)

Truly, my organisation has lived up to one of its values – Learning, our passion.