Something different from Orville:

Nothing brings people together more than food. In addition to all its wonderful, life-giving benefits, food has a very delicious way of helping people commune together. For instance, like many of you, I have a very loud family.At all moments possible they will try and talk over each other to say everything they want. Though we argue, interrupt, and never listen, we find our common ground with wonderful food. When it’s time to eat, the cacophony of chatter boils down to a simmer. A delicious meal has the power to quell the twelve or thirteen, outrageously independent personalities of my family. Trust me, that’s some power right there.

junk-foodI love food. All kinds of food. I also love to cook food. All kinds of food.

Cooking, also up there with eating, is one of my favorite pastimes. Like music or painting, cooking provides a chance to express oneself creatively. This creativity is even enhanced when working with another person. I love cooking with my mom, my aunt, and especially my girlfriend. I have undoubtedly learned something new every time I have cooked with each of them. Whether it’s a new way of dicing tomatoes or a full-proof method to add the perfect level of smokiness to marinara sauce, I come away with genuine-bonafide new knowledge. Food not only has brought people together, but has also educated. If it has that power, maybe it would work wonders in a classroom.

In this post, I offer a food-related writing activity for students as well as one of my own simple hummus recipes. In the activity, Students would be collecting a home recipe and writing a brief blog article about it. The article can be either short or long but must entice readers to make their recipe with relevant contextual information.

I have collected a few cooking/recipe blog posts that I would want students to use as models. Note: these are not academic pieces of writing and that’s OK! Students need to learn from different types of texts. This includes informational writing like blog posts, articles, and even recipes. Informational writing is often found in literary fiction and non-fiction. Students who know how to navigate this type of writing can analyze it for literary value at a deeper level.

Being that I pulled these blogs from Pintrest, students will hopefully engage in the relevancy as well. This activity is versatile and can be used to teach a variety of Language Arts concepts (grammar, writing, formatting, you name it!). I have included resources below but leave it to you to relate it to a topic.

Here is an example of a paragraph that I would show students as a model for this activity:

Running out of dip ideas? Try something new for that next get-together? Food lovers will rejoice when they see you walking in with this dip of the Middle East, hummus. This dish of mashed chickpeas has a smooth peanut-butter like texture and tastes like heaven. It is a healthy, and simple dish, perfect as an hors d’oeuvre or simply to enjoy with your family at home.

Hummus’ main ingredient is bean. Althoughhummus chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are used in traditional recipes, people often use different types of beans to change the flavor. A southwestern recipe might combine black beans and jalapeños. My recipe calls for Tahini, which is a paste made out of sesame seeds. Tahini can be found at a local grocery store but is not necessary to make hummus. As you can see, the options for this dish are endless and I urge you to try your own. Here is the recipe for my traditional chickpea hummus:

 

Ingredients:

– 14.5oz Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas (approx. 1 can)

– 1/3 cup of Tahini (sesame seed paste)

– 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

– 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice

– 1 clove of garlic, chopped

 

  1. First, open, drain, and rinse the Garbanzo Beans. Then, place in food processor with all other ingredients.
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth. If a thinner consistency is desired, add water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
  3. Serve with warm pita bread, carrots, and cucumbers.

 

Resources:

Chocolate Chip Cookies: http://roxanashomebaking.com/best-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/

Pasta and Tomato Sauce: http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2015/04/how-to-make-the-best-ever-pasta-with-tomato-sauce.html#more-8139

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