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Serves 4
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided (45 ML)
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (15 ML)
2 teaspoons za’atar, divided (30 ML)
1 medium bunch Swiss chard (about 10 ounces), stems removed and leaves thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving (1.25 ML)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (15 ML)
4 large eggs, poached

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the beans, spread into an even layer, and cook undisturbed until the beans are lightly browned on the bottom, 2 to 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the za’atar, and stir to combine. Spread the beans out again and cook, stirring as needed, until golden-brown and blistered on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes more.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the chard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1 teaspoon za’atar, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the lemon juice, and toss to combine.

Divide the beans and greens among 4 bowls, and top each with a poached egg and more red pepper flakes. Serve warm.


Serves 4 to 6
2 cups whole milk (475 ML)
2 cups water (475 ML)
1 cup yellow cornmeal (235 ML)
4 to 5 strips thick-cut bacon (about 1/4 pound), roughly chopped
1 medium red or yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 large bunch collard greens (14 to 16 ounces), stems removed and leaves sliced into ribbons
1/2 teaspoon salt (2.45 ML)
1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth (118 ML to 235 ML)
4 to 8 large eggs (1 to 2 eggs per person)
Salt and pepper

Before cooking the greens, get the polenta going. Bring the milk and water to rapid simmer in a medium sauce pan. Add the cornmeal in a steady stream, whisking as you go. Season with salt and pepper (about a teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of pepper to start, to taste). Continue to cook, whisking, until the polenta begins to thicken.

Reduce the heat to low and cover. Every 10 minutes, uncover the pot and stir the polenta, making sure to scrape the bottom and corners of the pan. The polenta is done when its creamy and no longer tastes raw, after 20 to 30 minutes. (If the collards aren’t quite done yet when the polenta is finished, you can turn off the heat and cover the pan to keep the polenta warm. When you are ready to serve it, stir to loosen it up and add a bit more milk if necessary.)

Warm a large skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook until the bacon fat has rendered and the bacon is getting crispy. Move the bacon to one side of the pan and pour off all but a tablespoon or so of the bacon fat.

Add the onions to the pan with the bacon and continue to cook until the bacon is as crispy as you like it and the onions are soft and beginning to caramelize, 8 to 10 more minutes.

Raise the heat to medium-high and add the collard greens and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir and toss until the greens are coated in the bacon fat and beginning to wilt. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat slightly and cover the pan. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, adding more chicken broth if the mixture gets dry, until the collard greens are dark green and soft. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.

Melt a little butter over medium heat in a non-stick or cast iron skillet. Fry the eggs in batches.

To serve, put a big scoop of polenta on each plate and top it with the greens and bacon mixture and a fried egg or two. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and hot sauce, if desired.


1 tablespoon unsalted butter (1/2 ounce; 15g ; 15ml)  softened, divided
1 English muffin, split
1 slice high-quality Canadian bacon
Nonstick cooking spray
1 large egg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 slice American, cheddar, Swiss, or Jack cheese


Spread 1 teaspoon butter on each half of the English muffin and place halves in a 10-inch nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling muffin halves and pressing gently to get good contact with pan, until both pieces are well browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a sheet of aluminum foil, split side up.

Melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter in the now-empty skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add bacon and cook, turning frequently, until browned and crisp around the edges, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer bacon to lower muffin half.

Place the lid of a quart-sized, wide-mouthed Mason jar (both the lid and the sealing ring) upside down in the now-empty skillet. (The side the jar screws onto should be facing up.) Spray the inside with nonstick cooking spray and break egg into it. Poke the egg yolk with a fork to break it and season with salt and pepper. Pour 3/4 cup (180ml) water into the skillet, cover, and cook until egg is set, about 2 minutes.

Using a thin spatula, transfer Mason jar lid to a paper towel–lined plate. Pour excess water out of the skillet and return it to the stovetop with the heat off. Flip Mason jar lid over and gently remove it to release egg. Place egg on top of bacon and top with cheese slice. Close sandwich, wrap in aluminum foil, and return to the now-empty skillet. Let it warm up in the skillet for 2 minutes with the heat off, flipping occasionally. Unwrap and serve immediately.

To make a healthier alternative, I would use Turkey Bacon instead of real bacon because it has less fat. To make this gluten-free, you could use a gluten-free English Muffin.

Egg McMuffin – a delicious breakfast!

Solution Fluency

(Information was taken from the Laundry Detergent Experiment – Science 9 – Block B – Semester 2 – Mr. Horton for this post. )


The challenge that I investigated was which laundry detergent cleans better. Does a higher price point always equal a better clean? Or does it have something to do with the ingredients? I investigated by using warm water and multiple laundry detergents with a coffee stained rag stain.


  • Rag
  • 15 ml of each Detergent using Hot Water
  • 5 Beakers

Hypothesis: We think that the more expensive detergent will wash better because of its higher price point.

Procedure (Stirring for 10 Minutes Each)

  1. Stain rag with Coffee the day before.
  2. Cut up rag into 5 pieces.
  3. Wash a rag in hot water using NO DETERGENT (Control Group).
  4. Wash a rag in hot water using 15 ml of Detergent (No Name Brand).
  5. Wash a rag in hot water using 15 ml of Detergent (Tide).
  6. Wash a rag in hot water using 15 ml of Detergent (Sunlight).
  7. Wash a rag in hot water using 15 ml of Detergent (Woolite).
  8. Compare to see Results!


The first question I asked were what ingredients were in the laundry detergents? Did laundry detergents with a certain ingredient clean better than with a one that didn’t have the certain ingredient? With some research, I was able to find the ingredients for Tide, Sunlight and Woolite but could not find the ingredients of the No Name brand.

No Name Brand Ingredients: UNKNOWN

Tide Ingredients:

  • water
  • alcoholethoxy sulfate
  • linear alkylbenzene sulfonate
  • propylene glycol
  • citric acid
  • sodium hydroxide
  • borax
  • ethanolamine
  • ethanol
  • alcohol sulfate
  • polyethyleneimine ethoxylate
  • sodium fatty acids
  • diquaternium ethoxysulfate
  • protease
  • diethylene glycol
  • laureth 9
  • alkyldimethylamine oxide
  • fragrance
  • amylase
  • disodium diaminostilbene disulfonate
  • DTPA
  • sodium formate
  • calcium formate
  • polyethylene glycol 4000
  • mannanase
  • Liquitint™ Blue (a dye)
  • dimethicone


Sunlight Ingredients:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene sulfonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Triethanolamine
  • Enzymes

Woolite Ingredients:

All of the detergents have a variety of ingredients. Since Tide cleaned our rag the best, I believe that it perhaps may not be a certain ingredient that cleans the best but rather the number of ingredients. Compared to the other detergents that we know the ingredients of, Tide has the most. More ingredients could mean a better clean but this may not be the best. Too many chemicals is not beneficial to our health and we must lookout for the harmful ingredients in the detergents we buy.

The second question I asked was how long should we wash our rags for to see the results? If we didn’t wash the rags long enough we would not see any results but we also didn’t want to be washing our rags for too long. I found that 10 minutes is enough time for the stain to dissolve and we were able to see the results.



10 Minute Timer – Ready to go!

Rag in Woolite Detergent

Rag in Tide Detergent

Rag in No Name Brand Detergent

Rag in Sunlight Detergent

Rag in Water


After the rags dried over the weekend, my group concluded that the Tide detergent cleaned best. Although the stain was not completely gone, it had mostly faded away. Though I must admit, the other detergents came close to Tide. My hypothesis was proved wrong by these results. I felt confident that Woolite will clean best because it was quite expensive compared to the price of the other detergents. This experiment showed a good example of how a higher price point does not always equal better quality.


As reflected in the post, I am proud of how well the experiment went and the results and work produced was of high quality. A lot of time and effort was put into the experiment and the hard work definitely payed off!



Collaboration Fluency

Group Members: Andrea, Claire, and Theo.

Footage of The Race and Interviews:


Our Motto: Encourage Wild Ideas

The first step to successfully accomplishing the project was to create our group contract. We began by determining the strengths of each of our group members. Andrea’s strength was adaptability. She is able to adapt quickly to any situation or circumstance. Claire’s strength was time-management. She manages time well which helps us use our time wisely. Theo’s strength is creativity. As an artist, she thinks out of the box and can help use find new techniques to win. My strength is leadership. I took on the leadership role because I like to be a leader and help my team as much as possible. Next, we divided the work. Theo and Claire were racers. Andrea was the reporter and I was the timer. We made a few rules regarding our collaboration. They were:

  1. Try to give everyone an even amount of work to do. One person will not have to do all the work while the rest of the group members slack-off.
  2. Listen to each other’s ideas. Even if you don’t necessarily agree with that idea or vision, listen and take away the parts you like and find a way to add it to your project.
  3. Consider everybody’s ideas. This ties in with the second rule of respecting everybody’s ideas.

If these rules are not being followed, then the team member that doesn’t complete their part does not get marks for this assignment. On March 6th we completed all of our research and we raced on March 7th. Our initial goal was to try our best and win the fastest time in our block and that was exactly what we did!


Community Connection

For this project, I interviewed by friend’s mom Natalie Currie. She is currently the Chair of Youth Services of the Rotary Club of Haney, an Member of the Executive Committee of the Ridge Meadows Youth Impact and a Member at Large at both the Parent Advisory Council of Fairview Elementary and the District Parent Advisory Council of School District 42. I chose to interview her because she is very involved in her community and many projects involving children and youth. I enjoy working with children and it is a path I may want to pursue. I learned that you must be persistent with your work in order to see the results you want.

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Rotary Club –

District Parent Advisory Council –


  1. Why are you passionate about your job?

As you can see, all my volunteer positions  have to do with Youth/Children. I am passionate about helping children/Youth in as many ways as possible. I think, every child should have the best opportunities to make a bright future for themselves and with most of the volunteer work we want to ensure that they are able to learn the tools that they need to reach their highest potential.

2. What obstacles have you faced to get to where you are today?

As with everything, you will have to work hard, be persistent and make some sacrifices to reach your goals

3. What advice would you pass on to someone who is interested in what you are doing?

I believe, that many things will fall in place, if you are truly passionate about something. I would say, don’t be afraid to step up to take on tasks. You will learn as you go along, and you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of your time. Get engaged with youth, be their advocate!

4. Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so, how can someone contact you?

Yes, by email is probably best!

5. What are some of your roles?

I am currently the Chair of Youth Services of the Rotary Club of Haney and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Ridge Meadows Youth Impact.

6. What is your favorite part about your role?

My favorite part is when we get things done, that kids have been waiting for (like new playground equipment at school), when we have packed 76 backpacks full of food for the weekend (the Starfish backpack program, which feeds children who participate in the Brown Bag Lunch Program on weekends) and when youth show their great potential when they present their projects at the Youth Summit to city councilors, mayors and school trustees!

Starfish Pack

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  1. Elle explique la regles de grammaire a Paul?

Oui, elle la lui explique.

2. Tu me pretes ton telephone cellulaire?

Non, je ne te le pretes pas.

3. Vous apportez ces fleurs a vos parents?

Oui, je les leur apporter.

4. Tu racontes tes aventures a Marie?

Oui, je les lui racontes.

5. Demandes-tu ton chemin au policier?

Non, je ne le lui demande pas.

6. Proposes-tu le nouveau remede a ton patient?

Oui, je le lui propose.


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