I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with you. As you know, we have similar motives to reform the government of Canada. Because of this, I hope we can work together to achieve our common goal. Although our common goals are a priority, one of my main goals is still to bring back the French language so that it is recognized as an official language of Canada again so I hope that you can respect the actions I will take to try to make this a reality. I have to thank you for letting me run in the place of your father in the 1941 election. The reason I wasn’t elected was because my polling office was placed at the entrance to a village that was mostly English. When my followers and I showed up to vote, a mob was waiting for me and I had to withdraw to avoid bloodshed. Due to this, I feel that we are strongest together and we will do extremely good things in this new government to chance Canada for the better.
So…many things happened during spring break. The good news is I baked 4 times total, but the bad news is that I went on vacation over the weekend so I didn’t bake a new recipe one weekend. First, I will start by posting the repeat recipes that I did: (only the result, as I used the exact same method as the first time I posted it)
Now to the new recipes that I made, starting with coconut cookies!
This was one of the only times that what I made looks and tastes exactly the same as the recipe maker’s version. Unfortunately, these cookies weren’t a hit for me. However, my family loved them! A drawback for baking was mentioned earlier in one of my pictures: because I used coconut oil (which turns to liquid at about 24 degrees Celsius), I had to wait multiple hours for the cookies to harden to a point where they wouldn’t fall apart when touched. This recipe is definitely one I would make again, mainly for my family.
Now onto the second recipe, this one is a quick chocolate pudding you can make in a couple minutes using a blender:
Here is the recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2015/02/02/raw-chocolate-pudding-vegan-no-added-sugar/
Review: I made this pudding twice, making changes to the second one to make it better. When I made the first batch, I followed the instructions step by step. The result tasted extremely bananaee and chocolatee (meaning banana and chocolate were the strong flavors that stood out). The second time I made the pudding, I added 1/4 of a cup of sugar and used 4 tbsp of cacao powder instead of 5. The result was much sweeter and less bitter. My family was split on which one they liked, half of us liked the 1st batch, and half of us liked the 2nd batch. Its up to you to decide which one is better when you make it for yourself!
Now that the progress report is done, time to talk about De Bono, this week: Concepts (9) and alternatives (10)
Lets start with concepts. As stated earlier, I experienced a mishap when I put the cacao powder in last when making pudding and the result was having it go everywhere inside the blender. When my mom saw this, she started talking to me about the importance of putting my ingredients in a better order to prevent stuff like this. After she had been speaking for a while, I asked her if I had the concept right by telling her the way I would put the ingredients the next time I made the pudding. Sure enough, I put the ingredients in that order (with the lightest and most powdery at the bottom) and it worked out perfectly. Another instance of this happening was a couple weeks ago when I recorded a section of our conversation for this post. During the recording, Joyce and I talked about substituting the dates in my date squares for dried mangoes. As the recording was only a short snippet of our conversation, there was much more to our discussion than that. After the recording was over, I proceeded to ask Joyce to explain in more detail why she though dried mangoes would work. She said that she thought it would work because of the properties of the dried mangoes. I tried to check if I got the concept of what she was saying by stating that the mangoes’ stickiness made it similar to dates. Joyce said it was spot on to what she was explaining. And as you can see in the picture of my new date squares earlier which I used dried mangoes instead of dates, it turned out really well.
Now lets talk about alternatives:
I just mentioned an example of an alternative a mentor has offered me when I talked about concepts. Yes, I’m talking about the mangoes and the dates. Other than that, I can’t currently think about more situations where alternatives were suggested, but I’m sure as I dive deeper into this project, more situations like this are bound to occur!
Well thanks for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you again in 2 weeks for my next post!
I’m back to my usual 2 recipes every post now! This week you will be seeing oatmeal apple muffins (recipe here), and date squares (recipe here). My muffins turned out sub par as I under baked them by a little bit so the bottom kind of stuck to the pan. I also used some older baking powder so they didn’t rise as much as I would have liked. But, they tasted exactly like the real thing, so I’m quite happy with the result. The date squares were a success, the only thing that I would change is to use less sugar. I could tell that to some people the sweetness would be perfect, but to me it was a little bit over sweet. I plan on re-making both these recipes over spring break (next post) as well as 2 new recipes.
Here are my muffins:
Now for the date squares:
BONUS (I guess, even though I don’t have pictures): I baked another batch for the Slam Jam event. This time I used my experience with the previous batch and made the following improvements:
1. I used less sugar so that the natural flavor of the dates could be tasted.
2. I used vegan margarine instead of coconut oil (Although the recipe said both were fine, I used coconut oil for my personal batch because there is soybean oil in the vegan margarine and I’m allergic to soy). I couldn’t compare the two as I was allergic to one.
3. I waited until it was 100% cool and hard before I cut it instead of cutting it when it was semi-soft.
Now to my recording with my mentor:
(PLEASE READ: the audio in this clip is very low due to me recording it on my phone, when listening to the clip, turn your volume to 100% but PLEASE REMEMBER TO TURN IT DOWN AGAIN)
I know I haven’t written in a while, but I hope you can forgive me as a lot of things have been happening extremely fast in my life. I have big news! I’m getting married! Yes, me, Louis Lafontaine, at 23 years of age, am getting married to a beautiful woman called Lynzee Rickard. That isn’t the only good news. A few months ago, I was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I hope I can make Lower Canada better. To be honest, all I do is to basically create bills so that they may be passed. My true goal however, is to unite both Upper Canada and Lower Canada to be one nation. My goal is very similar to Louis Papineau’s goal, which is why I find myself agreeing more and more with Louis Papineau’s movement for political reform. A movement that was inspired by the American Revolution so many years ago. I have heard of a movement like this in upper Canada so maybe the political reform that I have been waiting for is finally happening. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a bloody conflict though. No matter what happens, I want you two to know that I love you very much.
Well this is my second document of learning for social studies. This is my resource for this post:
As you can see, it’s a video! The reason I chose this video was that I realized that while I am extremely interested in war’s and know a good amount about both world wars, I know almost nothing about The War of 1812. This war was the most important war in the history of Canada in my opinion, as we would have become part of America if we had lost. This video describes in moderate detail the events during The War of 1812 that contributed to the result of the war. (With a couple of humorous facts thrown in as well)
I feel that this video applies to almost all the sections of the PLO, as this war shaped our identity, culture, created a new government, and affected the environment by setting a new border. By being a video, this resource already appeals to those who don’t like reading long paragraphs. It also is a manageable 12 minutes long; anyone can take 12 minutes out of their day to learn something new. I know I enjoyed this resource because of the illustrations and because it was easy to understand. Although the video is from an American point of view, it is quite easy to make connections to how Canada developed as a country after this war, even though it is not directly stated.
Overall, I think that this is definitely a “green” resource.
From educational stuff to cooking, this site has got it all.