DD Is A Sushi Nanny

John Liu

DD graduated from college this June with double degrees, BA Journalism and BFA Fine Art. But the world is upside down for lots of new grads, and many others besides, so she didn’t have a job. So she moved home to figure things out.


Then an ad showed up: two families with two girls starting first grade in a local French immersion private school that is going online for the school year, seeking French-fluent nanny/teaching assistant.


Well, that’s right up her alley. She was in French immersion school from Kindergarten, lived in France for a year, has a French government certificate of fluency (there is such a thing, the test is very hard), also worked all those summers at the camp, and plans to go back to France after Covid . . .


She now has a full time job for the school year that pays well considering that she’s living at home, and we have a use for all the kids’ French books that we’ve accumulated. Everything from Super Piscou Geant and Manuel des Castors Juniors from my childhood to the J’Aime Lires, Tintin, Asterix, and Calvin & Hobbes in French from her childhood.


Err, where is the food content, you ask?


DD has decided to do fun little cooking projects with her kids. Today she took them to the Asian market, set up stations while they were in morning Zoom class, and had them make veggie sushi rolls.




Each kid watched a short video on sushi and Japanese sushi culture, then made a couple trays of rolls to bring home for their families’ dinner. They loved it (the kids - no report yet from dinner.) These are black sweet rice, baton of veg, nori, and sesame seed.


The next cooking project is going to be veggie shao mai. (Veggie because fewer food safety issues.) Then she’s going to show them how to make croissants, to work in some French content. Her time baking in France is coming in handy.

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nancyjane_gardener

We bought our house from the people who started the French/American charter school in Santa Rosa. They are now in Cairo starting another school.

Oh yeah, food! The co-founders of the French school started a wonderful bakery!

You have to at least say "bonjour" when you go into the bakery!

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party_music50

Your daughter is exceptional and those families/girls are incredibly lucky to have her! Whatever she’s being paid, it isn’t enough. :)

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foodonastump

Sounds like both school and daughter found perfect fits!

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

Congratulations on the graduation. That does seem a perfect fit! Lucky students.

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Gooster

I agree the couple is so lucky to have your daughter. I'm glad she found something that combines so many of her talents in these difficult times. And congratulations on the graduation and the DELF certification.


One idea to pass onto her is to combine the cooking with information of the region of France that is associated with that dish, along with little lessons on the regions. Crepes from Bretagne, ratatouille from the Cote d'Azur, etc.

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lizbeth-gardener

Congrats to DD on her graduation! The position sounds like a great fit for her. Those two little girls will learn a lot and (the way DD sounds) have a fun time in the process. Your DD took the proverbial lemon (COVID) and made lemonade! And those sushi rolls are impressive.

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annie1992

Oh, I like the black rice sushi, and it sounds like your DD has found a job that checks all the boxes when it comes to her talents. Good luck to her, I'm sure the families will soon learn how lucky they are to have found her.

And tell DD my cows say "hello", they think anyone who likes cows must just be a really nice person. :-)

Annie

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John Liu

After the school year, she’s hoping to go back to France and I’m sure she’ll go see some cows! Well, she might move to NYC or LA and try to find a job - or try to get into an art grad school in Berlin - lots of possibilities. And she’ll have some savings. This otherwise so awful year is going to be okay for her.

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John Liu

Funny, she mentioned today that she misses seeing cows.

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pudgeder

Congrats to you & your DD on her accomplishments!!

Looks like she's doing a great job!

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