Lesson Recap

Let's review the French words that Múinteoir Clíona taught us, for the parts of the body on the Lark that are mentioned in the 'Alouette’ song.

TETE – HEAD

BEC – BEAK

COU – NECK

AILES – WINGS

DOS – BACK

PATTES – FEET

QUEUE - TAIL

Activity

Watch Múinteoir Clíona's lesson again, if you need a quick reminder of the melody.  Here are the lyrics to the first two verses, so you can sing along:

Alouette, gentille alouette
Alouette, je te plumerai.
Je te plumerai la tête
Je te plumerai la tête
Et la tête! Et la tête!
Alouette, Alouette!
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Alouette, gentille alouette
Alouette, je te plumerai.
Je te plumerai la bec
Je te plumerai la bec
Et la bec! Et la bec!
Et la tête! Et la tête!
Alouette, Alouette!
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

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Recipe: French Toast

When we translate the 'Alouette' song we see that it is about plucking a Lark’s feathers off!  This doesn’t sound particularly kind, but the song is very old and comes from a time when French people caught a lark for dinner, then plucked it, then cooked it.  Similar to the way turkeys at Christmas are plucked before cooking!

Here’s a quick and easy French recipe that doesn’t require any lark-plucking - French toast!  You can find this recipe (and more) here as well:

Feel free to sing 'Alouette' as you make it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of thick white bread (or wholemeal, if you prefer)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Enough vegetable oil just to cover the surface of the frying pan

Method:

  • Beat up the eggs with the milk and salt.
     
  • Put the slices of bread on a flat dish, and pour over half the egg mixture, spreading it to cover the whole surface.
     
  • Turn the bread and pour over the rest of the egg mixture.
     
  • Leave it to rest and soak for a few minutes while you warm a frying pan over a low heat with the oil.  Make sure to get someone to help you, if you’re not used to using the stove!
     
  • Fry the egg-soaked bread until lightly browned on each side, being very careful because the pan will be hot.
     
  • Serve at once.

Tip: You can also add cinnamon and/or a teaspoon of vanilla essence into the egg mixture if you'd like to make it a little sweeter.  For a healthy option, French toast goes really well with mixed berries!

  

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