Cooking in Class Again

Less than five weeks to go until the end of another school year! Today was a rough day, so I thought I’d write a happy post to turn that frown upside down! My neighbor told me to drink away my worries, but this girl has to get up early in the morning! πŸ˜‰

As most of you may know, I teach high school English and Conversational Vietnamese. There is a cultural component to my CV class and the students get to have fun in the kitchen every few weeks or so. We have cooked several times so far this semester (click here to see what we made last time!) and we are at a point where the students get to request repeat dishes. We’re running out of time together so I like to give them the opportunity to redo their favorites.

The first dish I make with each CV class is a Vietnamese breakfast sandwich. Most of my students have never heard of, nor tasted, Vietnamese food before so I like to slowly acclimate their taste buds. This dish is super simple and always a winner. The students are always eager to request this as a repeat dish. We made this again last Friday and there was plenty of happy, quiet chewing. Ahh, classroom management at its finest! πŸ˜‰

The ingredients list for this recipe (or lack thereof) consists of baguette (I had to use a french loaf this time as the grocery store was fresh out of baguettes), eggs, lαΊ‘p xưởng (also called Chinese sausage–I buy mine from a Vietnamese deli), and green onions. All you do is chop up and crisp up the lαΊ‘p xưởng over medium-high heat and toss in the green onions at the last minute. Next, stir in well-beaten eggs (seasoned with salt and pepper) and cook to your desired degree of doneness. Then stuff it all inside a baguette and chow down!


Teaching my students to cook!
Teaching my students to cook!


Don't have to teach them how to eat, though. ;)
Don’t have to teach them how to eat, though. πŸ˜‰


Students with cameras...sometimes a dangerous combo.
And here are some shots the students took. Students with cameras…sometimes a dangerous combo.


This is how I usually look in the classroom. Open-mouthed and hollering at something/somebody. :P
This is how I usually look in the classroom. Open-mouthed and hollering at something/somebody. πŸ˜›


  1. So my theory is that if you took Bailey in with you everyone would fall under his spell and your days would be blissfully smooth! Love your student’s photos of you in action!!!

  2. I want to be in your class, Patty! Would love to learn CV and how to make a Vietnamese dish or two. One day down the road, even the instigators of your “rough day” will look back and remember what a great teacher you must be! Cheers to a Happy Tuesday. πŸ˜€

    • I hope so, Linda! Being an engaged teacher is way better than a hands-off one. I always get so bored if the students are doing independent work or in the computer lab typing essays. πŸ™‚

  3. My mom used to make this when I was growing up. I was more of a rice than baguette girl so I had the filling over rice. Delicious! Your post just reminded me I haven’t had it in a long time. I hope your day/ week gets better! 5 weeks will go by in a flash!

    • That is one of my favorite dinners. To this day! My principal started a countdown today and apparently we only have 20 days of instruction left. OMG I have too much to do! So now it seems both too long and too short all at once. Great. πŸ˜‰

  4. Looks like your students were having a lot of fun, Patty! I used to teach English as a Second Language in a high school and we did lots of stuff with food too! (No big surprise πŸ˜€ ) You’re right about the classroom management aspect of it! It works !

    • Food = good students. Always!! I bet a lot of students remember you, Julianna. What types of food activities did you have? Your class sounds like it was tons of fun!

  5. So sorry you had a rough day Patty!! ❀ This was neat to read…I love that you get to cook with your students like this!

  6. What a fabulous way of expanding your student’s cultural horizons! Food is brilliant for doing this and your sandwiches look delicious – I can understand why they wanted to make these again!

    • Yes, it’s great to see them trying new things. My students are from a small community and there is not very much diversity, so this is a great opportunity for them to learn about other cultures. Next week I am taking them on a field trip to a Vietnamese restaurant!

    • It’s Wednesday and things are finally better, Janine! Only two days left and then the weekend. I always tell my students that I look forward to our days off more than they do. πŸ˜‰

  7. Tomorrow will be better, Patty! ❀ You are a good teacher they are lucky to have you! And I love the idea of cooking in class as a way to teach/diffuse culture! Great pictures too! WIsh I could Join… πŸ™‚

  8. Love the idea of a vietnamese breakfast sandwich. I run cooking groups with the autistic children I work with in schools too. It can be a challenging exercise, but rewarding at the same time, Somehow food always tends up to end up on the floor. Emma xx

  9. Haha, “open-mouthed and hollering.” I taught high school English for a short time after college, and I totally sympathize. Loving your blog! I just discovered you by clicking over from Tortore.

    • Right?? Did you scowl, too? Because I do that more often than not. Just kidding. Sort of. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Randle. I’m heading over to your blog right now!

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