For foods 11 we received an assignment to cook a basic egg dish. I decided to fry up a couple of eggs and serve them on top of some toasted naan bread for lunch and took some photos to document along the way.
To start I put butter in a pan and melted it on medium heat. The low heat ensures the egg won’t cook too fast on the outside and remain raw on the inside, and the butter keeps them from sticking to the pan. Once I cracked the eggs open and added them to the pan, I then sprinkled them with salt and pepper so the flavour is cooked into them rather than added on top afterwards.
After this it is mainly a waiting game as you watch the eggs to make sure you flip them at the right time otherwise the yolks could be over or undercooked according to your preference. I personally like my eggs over-easy so I waited for the whites to be cooked almost completely before flipping them to finish whatever part of the eggs wasn’t cooked on top.
After I flipped the eggs and left them for roughly 30 seconds, I quickly turned them back over again to ensure the yolks didn’t cook more than I wanted before taking them out of the pan and moving them onto my plate. I put them on top of my already toasted naan bread and broke the yolks to spread over the naan and distribute the flavour before sitting down at the kitchen table to enjoy them.
For the food photography assignment in Foods 11, I took photos of the mint-chocolate chip cupcakes I baked the night before. I looked on my phone to see if I was able to alter settings such as shutter speed and ISO but couldn’t find anywhere to change the defaults. I also didn’t have natural light to work with as I took the photos in my kitchen in the evening so I did my best to light the shots in a muted way without too much glare. I also wanted to make sure that even though it wasn’t a meal so it wouldn’t make sense to have cutlery and such in the photo, there was still texture, which is why I included the plate and positioned it on my counter in front of the back-splash.
Near the end of grade 9, the other students in my grade and myself worked together to prepare lunch for the rest of the school. Above is one of many photos I took during the preparation and shows the large amount of rhubarb we harvested from the garden and cut to make strawberry-rhubarb crumble for dessert.
Below I am going to post a link to the Google Doc which contains our learning plan, a list of words we learned at the beginning of the project, our online resources and documentation plan.
So with our final inquiry presentations just around the corner, I figured it was a good time for another update. Jenna and I have continued to learn new words and practice with each other and Julian has been helping us stay on track, prepare for the presentations and practice with us. He has also given us help with our grammar when studying, for example just today I learned you have to sign ix before your name, a grammatical tip I probably would have never known without his experience.
Tomorrow, Jenna and I will be participating in what we are calling a day of signing. Barring any time we are practicing our presentation and lunch, we will not be speaking to each other at all. We are going to communicate only through sign language and if we don’t know a word we want to sign we will google it, sign it then show the other so we can learn it together. It will be very difficult no doubt but I am quite excited and I think it will be a great way to practice. Julian will be helping us along the way if we make grammatical errors or need help as well.
I have enjoyed this project very much and I am hoping to continue to learn after it is over too.
I am as unnoticeable as someone shouting into a bullhorn in a silent room,
I cloud your vision and your judgement,
I lie awake at night and force you to stay up with me,
I sit, gnawing at the back of your mind,
I consume your every thought and demand your attention,
I am jealousy
Here is a document with photos Jenna and I took of the ASL fingerspelling alphabet. These letters are what we learned when we first started the project and we are now fluent when using them.
Jenna and I made a list of simple words we have learned so far, then showed the actions to those words in videos. We recorded these last week, but couldn’t post them until now because of uploading issues. Jenna did half the words and I did the other half. The following are links to the videos on vimeo, but they need a password to access them because they’re private. Enter the password “asl” to view them.
So I just started my final inquiry of grade 9. For this inquiry, I’m going to be learning ASL (American Sign Language) with Julian and Jenna and documenting progress as we go along. So far, we started learning finger-signing (like the alphabet) and we know the different letters but are working on transitioning easier and not having to think so much with each individual one. We are practicing by having one person finger-spell lots of random words and then the other person has to say the word that was signed so we have a chance to practice signing and reading the signs. We also learned the numbers and those are pretty easy. We still need to learn more actual basic words before we can try something like a useful sentence (e.g. “Where’s the bathroom”). The only actual words I know how to sign so far are yes and no. We haven’t nailed down all our goals quite yet but have a few in place and we are developing more of that.
For the inquiry project, Celina and I have been creating a Utopian society we called Hubbington. At this point, we have presented our final presentation, and are not going to elaborate any more. There are a few things we didn’t put into our presentation that we had discussed, simply because we didn’t want it to get too long, our monetary system being one example. There were also a few things we agreed with from the aforementioned grade 8 project- one example is our education system- however we didn’t put those in the presentation either because we wanted this project to be focused on the work we did now, not last year, even though the concept came from then.
The model was unfortunately never completed to the degree we had wished, however we got quite a lot accomplished and were only missing details like plants and buildings, therefore I think we got across the point we wanted, which was the layout of the city. There are photos in past blog posts, but I’m posting one more below of the final look at how much we accomplished.