Iron chef reflection – butternut coconut curry soup

Iron Chef

Did I enjoy the activity?

I thought it was a interesting activity to make people think outside the box, it was fun having all of us share our ideas and improvise on what ingredients to use within the classroom especially when we were given the secret ingredient of kale and butternut squash. It opened up so many possibilities for us and it got even more interesting when we were told to only use with what we could find within the school which tensed up the whole situation and made the whole event ten times more difficult which I did enjoy.

How did the group make decisions?

My group thought that the school didn’t have “good” ingredients to work with and we were thinking about simple dishes, such as soups, salads or stuffed vegetables. We all came in to a conclusion that the dish that requires the least amount of ingredients and prep/cooking time, not because we were lazy but we wanted to make sure we were ready for the judges to taste our dishes. The stuffed butternut squash or coconut soup were our last two choices, we didn’t bother with salad because we thought that sounded too simple and boring. The stuffed butternut only had a couple of ingredients that weren’t in the school so we all chose to do the soup since we had everything in the school and it only took around 30 minutes to cook, unlike the stuffed butternut, it required it to be stuffed with heavy amounts of cheese and we needed to bake it for a decent amount of time

How did we choose this recipe?

My group chose the butternut squash curry coconut soup, we thought soups were simple and a bit unique since we didn’t we much butternut squash soup around, and we also had almost every ingredient besides a simple Thai curry paste. Prep time was almost 15 minutes and cooking time was 30 minutes, which gave us enough time for the judges to settle in and allowed us to serve the soup to them while it was still hot or warm.

I honestly didn’t care what dish we chose, all I wanted was that it was simple and it would impress the judges, we first thought about stir fry, or cupcakes, I was open to them but some of us wanted simpler dishes. Soups were simple enough but I wasn’t the one that recommended it, someone in my group did and one of our group members objected the idea but we finally convinced that group member and decided to make a soup.

What would I do differently?

I probably wouldn’t change much, maybe lower the amounts of coconut milk that was added and introduce more of the Thai curry paste in to the soup, it didn’t seem to be a bad dish since the judges and my group loved the taste, texture and style of it.

How did time/ingredients affect the group?

We were over confident with our dish, we thought that boiling the squash and just blending them would be as easy as pie, but when the squash didn’t soften, we hard boiled the squash for 5 minutes instead of letting them simmer for 18 minutes and eventually we just blended it in a different bowl while slowly incorporating the milk and squash, if we had more time, the soup wouldn’t have squash chunks and the design with the coconut soup could’ve been a lot nicer, but we were rushed so we couldn’t make it look as good as we wanted it to be.

DOAS Monologues

I am a wife of a failing salesman and a mother if two grown boys who are striving for a future, I keep quiet about my thoughts to my husband but I break loose and tell everything I know to my sons. I want Willy to be happy and normal again, but it seems nearly impossible to have such a thing happen since he would always have a unsuccessful trip to his sales destination. He doesn’t have faith in our oldest son since he has no general path of direction in life, but he tries so hard to fulfill the dreams of Willy. I try my best to get the good sides from both Biff and Willy, hoping to understand their needs and maybe support them in a way.

Characteristics of Linda Loman:

Old

White hair

Laidback/chill

Loyal

Blackout Poem – “Where the Sycamore Grew”

The poem “Where the Sycamore Grew,” written by Carrie Richards is about a person who previously owned a house where a small sycamore tree was growing and the speak is remembering all the good and bad memories that was carried with the speaker. The general message that this poem is trying to give is that, “you can’t change events that happened in the past but you can keep them with you forever.” The significance of this poem is that, many people are moving houses each year and each the owner creates good and memories with the house, until the house is being sold then memories are no longer created, which allows those people to easily relate to the speaker in “Where the Sycamore Grew.” Many poetic devices are used within the poem, “Where the Sycamore Grew.” Such as imagery, a example would be, “the streets seem narrower and the trees are taller.” this is able to allow our imagination to picture the aging process that his yard and house went through. Another poetic device would be the use of a end rhyme scheme, the example of the end rhyme would be, “…Our first Christmas tree… Our first anniversaries…” This is clearly showing the two sounds that sound the same while being placed at the end of each line. Lastly, this poem contains hints of Euphony, a example would be, “I’m still glad it’s still yellow… Still wearing the face of the war summer sun.” It may not sound nice by just reading it, but if read slow and calm, it will bring the tingles in the skin. making the reader of this line feel relaxed.

November/December Foods Reflection

Phở

why did you choose this lab to reflect on?

I chose to reflect this lab because we were going to make a food that I’ve eaten and enjoyed throughout my life, and I have tried varieties of pho, I’ve eaten some in Vietnam, pho in the USA and Canada, and they all tasted great even with the extra MSG. When I was told that we’ll be making pho in school I was semi hyped, because I know school food taste a whole lot different than if it was made by a person who made pho throughout their life, and things will be taken away to fit school food standards.

Did you enjoy this lab?

This lab was extremely fun to make, especially the broth, cutting the chicken and obliterating to small pieces was enjoyable and throwing all of that in a cauldron and then becoming a witch and stirring it like a witch was very very fun. Starting out to make a bowl of noodles from scratch lets me see and experience what its like to make a very popular food. When it came to the making and assembling of the noodles it self, quite fascinating that we used ingredients that we would find in a actual pho restaurant like, basil and beansprouts.

did the lab turn out the way you hoped?

The pho turned out to be okay, I wouldn’t say its the best pho I’ve eaten, to be honest it looked great and the noodles with the other vegetables were fantastic, but the broth is comparable with the starbucks unicon shake. Not the sweet or sour taste but, “I should continue to try it to see if I like it.” The taste of the broth was funky tasting, it wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good, it was just some smoky and salty soup. I drank a couple of bowls and my decision on the soup was still inconclusive, but everything else was rather enjoyable, maybe steaming the beansprouts would be great so it wouldn’t have that crunch.

Did the group work well?

Some of my group was away so we had to incorporate and merge some other groups with mine, and it was with hard working people that I know so I had a good feeling that it was going to turn out well. The lab Seemed impossible to mess up and I was right, we followed everything correctly, no mess UPS or screw UPS, but we were all confused with the taste of the broth.

what would I change about the lab?

 100% I would change the broth, lower the water amount and probably put some star anise in there, no group should have over 4 liters of left over broth by the end of the day. Also, steaming the beansprouts would be the most ideal choice, I was heavily confused why we would just let the soup steam the beansprouts so adding a steaming option would be good.

Cold war timeline

 

Source: Atavism, http://www.darwinwasright.org/atavism.html, Nov, 15, 2017 / Dr. Wendy James
Fact: Atavism, now, atavism is a strange thing that occurs to people, what it essentialy is that, people will develop characteristics from past generations such as the cave man ages or the middle ages, surprisingly only 4% of the persons DNA will trigger the atavistic personality.

Source : Allegory, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory, Oct, 3, 2017
Fact: Now what allegory means is that has a double meaning behind it and it represents something big but only with a small portion of it

Source: Herd mentality, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_mentality, Nov, 3, 2017 / Dr. Wendy James
Fact: Herd mentality is something that people will commit do to something in a group but won’t make a move if they are alone. As dr wendy james mentioned “a dog may bark at you but it is likely a pack will attack you.” Herd mantality usually occurs when people have something in common

Source: What is Morality? https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/ethics-and-morality, Dec, 13, 2016
Fact: Morality, now you have probably heard this word in movies or television, what it basically means is to determine between the rights and wrongs in life

A place at the table response

1.) The movie showed people who didn’t have a job and were struggling to keep the family going or they did have a job but the pay wasn’t that good, they resort to what they can so and hope they will have enough money for the weekly grocery shopping. When it comes to grocery shopping the poor couldn’t really afford healthy food, they only have a small budget for things that they can afford, junk food is what they can mostly afford nice it was cheaper than the vegetables and fruits. The consequence is that they go home and stuff themselves with food that put their life in danger.

2.) Single parents or couples with children who are struggling with financial issues. This usually starts out by their own parent, it ends up in a chain if their mom was single, her only child is going to be single or if her kids were a non graduate, the same is going to happen to their future kids. The closest thing that is historical that can be related to the movie is probably the great depression, but that happened 80 years ago, by the time the second world war happened people had cupboards filled with food due to the war economy. Even after the second world war people had enough food to feed their families, but that fixed most of the hunger problems.

3. When I was told that this was a movie about food problems I thought it was about people being bulimic, but I was presented with people dedicating their life to put food in the table. I had no idea food insecurity was even a. Movie was nothing out of the ordinary, there are always going to be poor people no matter how much help people offer.

4.)If I were to make a policy for the poor it would be quite challenging because, everything will have a draw back to it, if I increased their welfare then people would to pay more taxes, if I were to give them free food from super markets, then the government loses money that could be needed for other uses. Not much could be done but hope that there the public will donate enough food for the food bank and the government can open them more often for people who are starving, trying to think logical here my dude.

“Lord of the Flies” – Island Description

(Quotes describing the setting of the island)

1.) Jungle
“Trees, forced by the damp heat, found too little soil for full growth, fell early and decayed: creepers cra- dled them, and new saplings searched a way up.”

2.) Scar
“there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between thescar and the sea.”

3. Mountain
“They were on the lip of a circular hollow in the side of the mountain. This was filled with a blue flower, a rock plant of some sort, and the overflow hung down the vent and spilled lavishly among the canopy of the forest. ”

4.) Island Shape
“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore.”

5.) Reef
“The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile out and parallel to what they now thought of as their beach”

6.) Conch location
“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air.”

7.) Platform/Meeting Area
“Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high. The top of this was covered with a thin layer of soil and coarse grass and shaded with young palm trees”

8.) agriculture
“On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent, tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then the jungly flat of the island, dense green, but drawn at the end to a pink tail”

9.) Shelter location
“The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach.”

10.) Fruit Trees
“He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees, where the least energetic could find an easy if unsatisfying meal”