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Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is [...]
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)... Russia Belarus Japan [...]
Carnival took place last Tuesday, and last week I presented different songs for the occasion from around the world. Here’s one that I was sent yesterday, from Malta. It’s a little late, but I really like it! Perlini u prinjolata (Maltese) Perlini u prinjolata matul il-karnival dawn huma [...]
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
I bought a large bag of raw almonds recently. It was a 3 lb. bag for $12. A great deal! My family loves when I roast them. Yum! Delicious and good for you. Here’s my recipe… Recipe for Salted Roasted Almonds Ingredients 2-3 pounds Raw Almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons [...]
"Sunset" is a beautiful poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s a perfect time to read Dunbar’s poems in time for Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. His parents were emancipated slaves. He wrote his first poem at the young age of 6! His [...]
We have finally added the Esperanto language to Mama Lisa’s World with two nursery rhymes with mp3 recordings. Esperanto is the most widely-spoken constructed language in the world. It was created by a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist, Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917). He published a book [...]
Hazel shared this recipe with us that her Egyptian husband taught her how to make a long time ago. Here’s her letter… Here is the "recipe". It is not very specific because I have never written it down. Sephardic Jews will put up the fava beans on a Friday night [...]
We’d like to thank Jane Wilcox Hively for sharing two lullabies with us with her recordings. One is a version of Dance to Your Daddy from England. The other is an Irish lullaby called The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. (Click links for songs.) Jane sings a lot of lullabies and plays harp. You [...]
I’m always trying to improve my French. One way is by watching French movies, ideally with French subtitles to help comprehension. Then you’re not always translating in your head by reading subtitles in your own language. Yesterday I discovered that Netflix added subtitles in different [...]
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