Cooking At Home #7- using what you already have

In this cooking at home lab, I made an açai bowl. There was açai powder in it, blackberries, strawberries, a banana, blueberries, chia seeds, and some homemade granola.

I did not get this recipe online. I just used what I had and made it.

I put the frozen fruits in fruits in first which is the strawberries, banana, and blueberries, then I put the things that are not frozen along with the açai powder. I blended it up until I couldn’t hear anymore of the frozen ingredients mixing around. when I opened up the blender, I could smell the berries in it and it smelt really sweet. the colour of it was a purplish black colour and I could see that the chia seeds and granola was placed beautifully on top. the texture of it was creamy and the granola in it gave it a crunch. the last of it was so good. the berries in it was so strong and sweet.

if I were to make this dish again, I would put less frozen fruits in, or more milk, because it was too thick and cold.

a challenge that I had was that there were too many frozen fruits and it wouldn’t blend properly. to overcome this challenge, I put more milk in so it would blend better.

my greatest success in this lab was the final product. it looked really pretty and it taste really good. I could taste everything in there and it was just a burst of flavours in my mouth.

I never made an açai bowl before, this was the first. In this experience, I am most proud of being able to learn something new and being about to overcome my challenges I had.

Communication

I believe that my group and I communicated best when we made banana muffins. Both groups ended up with spectacular looking muffins. We all communicated and decided that we would bring in and add chocolate chips in our muffins to make it a banana chocolate chip muffin. We were all really happy about this muffin because we almost didn’t make any mistakes at all! There were many successful things that we did. For example, we followed the recipe and did what it told us to. When someone was struggling, we all stopped to help. We even measured the ingredients correctly! At the beginning when we were measuring out the ingredients, we all talked and decided to decrease the amount of sugar that was on the recipe because we had chocolate chips to make it sweeter. For the first two labs, we were all getting to know one another so we weren’t that comfortable communicating, both times, we turned on the oven wrong, but for this lab, we were more comfortable with each other and started to communicate more and finally turned on the oven correctly! What we found challenging was to not over mix it. Both our groups over mixed it slightly, but it still turned out delicious. It is important to have good communication because without good communication, we can all easily mess up the whole lab and have disgusting looking and/or tasting food. Communicating involves talking to everyone in your table group and agreeing on what were going to do and helping each other out when they need it. If the group did not communicate well, they might put in the wrong ingredients, forget to turn on the stove or oven etc. To solve them, you can work it out by communicating with at least one of your group members, or even better, everyone. The picture I have below this paragraph shows effective communicating because of its golden brown colour on it, and the chocolate chips on it that makes it taste 10x better. Overall, I believe that my group did a great job getting along with one another and baking the muffins.

Knife Skills

I used my knife skills when I was cutting the vegetables for my omelet. I used the pairing knife to cut my vegetables. I got to cut potatoes, peppers, onions, kales, and spinach. I also learned how to cut safely. I tucked in my fingers to prevent cutting my fingers. I learned how to dice my vegetables to the size that I was happy with. We use different knife cuts depending on what food were making. For example, if it is being cooked in a pressure cooker, you wouldn’t dice it cause if you do, it will be very mushy and overcooked. I believed that I did very well on this lab. I cut my vegetables evenly and to the size that I wanted it to be. I liked this lab a lot, it was more independent and I got to see what skills I have without anybody helping me. I was happy with my results at the end because my vegetables were cut beautifully.

PE9 Wellness

A strenght for me in the dimension of wellness is spiritual. I’m not very surprised by this because I know that no one should interfere with my beliefs and that I shouldn’t care about what people think about it. The dimension that could be improved in is career and academic. Some steps that I can do to improve this area is to not overstudy, and use tutorial as an opportunity to get better at the subjects I’m struggling on. As a student this can neglect certain aspects of your health and wellness because your brain might get damaged or start to develop slowly or completely stop developing. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

Most Memorable Food Experience

My most memorable food experience was when I had tacos and fries at Cactus Club Cafe. I went with my family on my 14th birthday for lunch. We ordered many other things, but this Is what stood out to me the most. The crispy fries with homemade ketchup was absolutely delicious. What made the dish even better was the tacos. The fried fish inside was nice and fresh. Its fresh salsa made it amazing, tasty and beautiful. Overall, I had an amazing lunch with my wonderful family and amazing food. This is the best food I have ever tasted in so long! this will definitely leave me a happy memory