In-depth Post #3

And I’m back again!!! This time I actually cooked something. (and no, I didn’t burn my house down) The weekend after my 2nd blog post, I baked my first food item: brownies. Here were my steps:

The brownie mix that I used.
The directions, nutrition information, and ingredients.
All the ingredients and equipment all in one shot!
Mixing the mix, two tbsp of water and two tbsp of oil together.
After a lot of mixing, right before it goes into the microwave.
Voila! The finished result after 1.5 minutes of microwaving!

Review: I have never actually ate an actual brownie with gluten in it, so I cannot compare it to that. But, from what I gathered from my sister (who also ate some), it tastes practically identical to a brownie with gluten. Although it was a bit bitter due to the fact that there was pure cocoa powder in it. Overall 5/5 will make again!

The next week, I decided on making something more ambitious. While I made the brownies on my own, this recipe required some help from my sister. Unfortunately my mentor was busy with midterm exams and couldn’t come to cook with us. The recipe this week was: LASAGNA! These were the steps. (Sorry all you vegans/vegetarians out there, I put some ground pork in the lasagna. Feel free to substitute it out for something else if you desire)

All the ingredients (from left to right, up to down): Ground pork, Gluten-free lasagne pasta, tomato sauce, coconut sauce (soy-sauce substitute) to put into the meat, and cheese substitute (dairy-free).
Sorry, got a little excited here and forgot to take photos of the earlier stages but the order of our lasagna was: pasta, sauce, meat, cheese substitute and so on for another layer until the top layer where there was no meat.
The finished product right before it goes into the oven!
Looks good, just like real lasagna! The reason there is a gap in the center is because we had to use two pieces of pasta to cover the pan and there was a gap in between them.

Review: Just like the brownies, I have never had lasagna with gluten in it, so I can’t compare the two. My sister, who has tried both types, says that it is quite similar. I quite enjoyed this dish and it made a good dinner (it was a really late dinner, as I forgot to turn on the oven). Overall 4/5 because I used a little bit too much sauce and it masked the taste of everything else.

Now that the cooking aspect of my post is done, I will talk about how I’ve incorporated the parts of “How to have a Beautiful Mind” with communicating with my mentor, Joyce. This week: How to be interesting and how to respond.

When I get going in a conversation, its often hard to stop. I have a magnitude of funny and interesting stories that are just waiting for the right moment to burst out. Joyce and I found that we had many things to talk about, including: exercise, health, and of course, my sister. This meant that there were no shortage of interesting discussions between us. The conversation felt natural, and there were no awkward pauses where one of us thought of how to respond. I think we are getting along quite well and we are both getting more comfortable with being around each other.

Well that’s it for this week folks. Unfortunately, there will only be 1 dish next week because I just got my retainers and I can’t eat hard things yet. Stay tuned for my next post in 2 weeks and thanks for reading this one!


One thought on “In-depth Post #3”

  1. Great visual “essay” to wet pour appetites. Glad it tasted good. What was the most challenging about each recipe? How would the brownies have tasted differently when baked in the oven instead of the microwave? What can you tell us about “How to respond?”

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