Sunday, March 9, 2014
This week I wasn't able to make a new recipe. I had lacrosse conditioning every night and the research paper to write. I know that's not an excuse but that's some of the reasons I wasn't able to get to it. I'm staring to realize that I'm losing interest in my project. I don't want to not be interested but it's starting to be an ordeal and not enjoyable. This makes me sad because I picked this project thinking I was going to love it but in reality I don't. Lacrosse is starting up this week and it makes me nervous. Since I didn't play a winter sport I had tons of opportunities to make recipes. My fear is that I won't be able to find time during the week. I hope that by only having to write one blog post every two weeks it will help get my project in the right direction and ready to present by the time that we're supposed to be ready by.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
This week we were asked to answer three questions. What do you like about 20 time? What do you not like about 20 time? And what would you have done differently about your project. First of all I love 20 time. I think that it is a great project to do. It makes you focus on something that isn't related to school. I think it's a good project because it lets you do something that you've always wanted to do or that you enjoy. This is important to me because all of my classes have such a heavy work load and I get to receive a large chunk of my final grade doing something that I love.
There are only a few things that I don't like about 20 time. One of the things is that since I have a whole year to work on it, it's hard to set goals and stay on track. Obviously no other class is like this in that they give you a project that you have the whole year to work on, and I've learned that I don't like such a broad time frame. When break comes and all of my classes are finishing up material I still have to work on my 20 time project. Although I love the project as a whole, sometimes it feels like there is a huge weight on my shoulders.
There is only one thing that I would do differently for my project. I would have made sure to make at least one recipe a week no matter what. If I would have done that I would have been so much further ahead of where I am right now. It sounded so easy to me when I picked my project but it turned out to be incredibly challenging to carve out 1-2 hours in order to make a recipe. I regret not staying on track as much as I wish I would have because now it's coming to an end and I'm nowhere near as far as where I would want to be. Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to really try and catch up on the time that I didn't spend making recipes.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Over the past two weeks I didn't cook anything. I was going to make several recipes but that just didn't happen. My original plan for this project was to make a cookbook with recipes that I made on my own and make it available on ebook. Although I think that I might put all of my recipes into a book that is tangible because I don't think I'll be able to finish in time. I'm also getting nervous for the presentation because I don't really know what I'm going to talk about. So far I've become more aware of what goes into the meals that I make but I don't exactly know if that's considered a learning experience. I was considering on talking about how people, especially young people, should learn to create good eating habits at a young age. Since I've started my project I've tried to make healthier recipes not because I feel obligated to, but I've learned that it's the better choice and it makes you feel better when you know you've eaten something that is good for you. This coming week I'm going to make a new recipe and try to stay on track.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I am proud to say that this week I was able to make two recipes. I am pleasantly surprised because I make my recipes when my mom is home because she helps guide me into the right direction and she was in Colorado until last Saturday. Instead of making them without her I just made dinner and dessert for tonight. For dinner I made my own version of chicken stir fry! I love stir fry and I haven't had it in forever so I decided to make it for dinner. The stir fry was similar to the white bean chili in the you have to time everything. It's not like meatballs where you add everything in and just let it cook. The meal itself only took 30 minutes to make which reminded me of Rachel Ray's show 30 minute meals. In my stir fry I added a ton of vegetables. I had at least eight different kinds. I cooked the hardest vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower first and then started to add in the others that didn't need as much time to steam. I only had put in two tablespoons of oil when I realized it was getting dried out so I just added chicken broth to try and make it healthier by the time everything was done cooking my rice noodles had just finished soaking. I was completely taken back by how perfectly everything worked out. The noodles were a little hard but when they were added into the stir fry they soaked up the sauce an softened. My mom said it was the best stir fry because there was so many vegetables in it. In my opinion it was amazing but I wish I didn't make so much because there's so much left over we'll be eating it for at least a week straight.
The second recipe I made was a strawberry and raspberry type of cobbler. I don't know exactly what I'm going to call it but it was amazing. I put slightly sugared cut strawberries and raspberries into individual baking holders and I made a crumble to put on top. This was very challenging for some reason because I had to start over twice because I made way to much for the amount of fruit. It was hard to measure how much flour I needed in comparison to the brown and white sugar. I couldn't see if it was good or not until I added the butter, but in the end it can out perfectly. I'm going to try and make two recipes next week like I did this week because I feel like I haven't made enough recipes yet. Here are some pictures of what I made this week!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This week I made my own recipe for one of my favorites meals of all time. I made a recipe for white bean chili! This is one of my favorite meals because I think it tastes really good and it never gets old no matter how much of it I eat. Since it was so cold this week I thought I would make my own recipe. When I went into my pantry to get the ingredients I accidentally grabbed hominy instead of beans. Hominy is a puffed corn that isn't traditionally used in chili. When I began adding my ingredients into the pot my mom didn't notice that I was using hominy. It was only after I had added it in the pot that she noticed I had used it. Instead of telling me to start over she asked where I had gotten the idea to use it and I told her that it was a mistake! Apparently she said it tastes really good in some chili so I just kept it in my recipe. Although I had used hominy I also added white beans because after all it is white bean chili.
This was an overall simple recipe to make because since it's chili you could alter the amount of ingredients added in to make it perfect. When I was done cooking it I was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted. I wasn't expected it to taste bad but it had far exceeded my expectations. My mom said that it was one of the best white bean chili recipes that she had ever tasted and I actually believe her because I think it's the best that I had ever tasted as well! I enjoyed this chili so much that I ate it the whole weekend while I was recovering from my surgery. I was slightly disappointed that I only made one recipe this week but I'm going to try and make two next week. Here's a picture of my white bean chili!
Monday, January 20, 2014
As I some what predicted I didn't cook anything this week. I should have made a new recipe in the beginning of the week but I put it off. I regret not making anything because I was just starting to get more ideas for recipes that I could actually execute. Although I had midterms to study for I don't think that is an appropriate excuse. I have a pretty good idea on how I want to catch up on my recipes. Since we only have to go to school for the first half of the day I'm planning on using my study break to cook something. I feel like that is a much more productive way to spend my time when I'm not studying for my tests and it will keep me away from my phone or tv.
Although it feels like I've only been in school for a couple of weeks, I'm already half way through half the year which is insane. I'm starting to get very nervous about my presentation after watching the Ted talks during class. The kids who gave these talks had such a deep meaning and I'm not even sure what mine is for. Although I like the cookbook idea, it's presenting itself harder and harder to execute. I'm only realizing now that I'm not very pationate about cooking. I'm not going to change my project because I still like what I'm doing with it, I just think that it will be harder to present my project. My goal this week is to get back on track and start the second half of the year off right.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This week crept up on me. The three snow days made it feel like we were still on break but nevertheless I made a recipe for guacamole. I love guacamole and make it often but I usually cheat and just mix the avacado with salsa. It tastes good that way but I wanted to make my own more fresh recipe. I was excited to make it until I realized I only had one avacado that was ready to be used, so I couldn't mess up. When I was cutting up the pepper and tomatos it was hard to get them finely diced but not mushy. When I added the 1/4 cup of peppers I realized that it was way to much for the amount of avacado so I took half of it out. Although when I wrote out my recipe I just doubled everything so the measurements were easier to make. I was planning on researching what schools had the foods elective but time just got away from me so I plan on doing that this coming week.
In the end I think that my guacamole recipe turned out really well! When my mom tried it she said she really liked it because of the red pepper. For this week I want to make some type of chicken and maybe stir fry, but because of midterms I'm nervous that I won't find enough time to make something. However I'm going to try my hardest because we're already half way done with the school year and I can't get behind on this project. Here's a picture of the guacamole I made this week!