A Different Perspective On English

To be honest, English was never my best subject. As a matter of fact, I dreaded every English class starting from high school . I never really understood what the teacher expected and what she thought was a good essay. Whenever I wrote an essay that I thought was decent, my teacher would critique it so harshly, that I just decided to rewrite the whole essay. Writing the first draft was not only a pain in the *** but it took FOREVER. Most of the time spent is just me staring at the empty Word document, not knowing what to write. And whenever I did write something, it never really sounded like how I imagined it in my head. The amount of time I dedicated towards English class was more than all my other courses COMBINED. And even worse, the grade I received for English was always my worst every year.

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Also, I disliked English because of the course content. I am sure that the teachers could of have made the English curriculum much more interesting. I mean who really wants to read Frankenstein or any of Shakespeare’s plays. At the end of each page, we spent more time trying to understand what we just read than actually reading the page. What fun is reading if we can barely even understacurtain-colornd the text? Not only was the content boring to read, we also had to do a deep literary analysis of these texts afterwards. We had to list all the symbols, themes, imagery, etc. in these texts. I had absolutely no idea how to come up with any of these. But thank god for this website. I still remember one time, my teacher was somehow able to relate a poem about washing laundry to cleansing our souls and washing away our sins. To this day, I am still quite confused about how she came up with that analysis. I guess I was just never able to infer the author’s deeper meaning.

Every year, we had to do an ISP (Independent study project) worth 15% of our final grade. To make this assignment easier, I would always pick a book that had already had a movie. Of course, I always read the whole book. It’s just that, I could always watch the movie just in I did not understand thbook-moviee book. For example, in grade 12, I chose The Great Gatsby as my ISP book as I knew there was already a movie based on the book. Watching the movie was for sure more enjoyable than reading the book and it did help me understand the plot a lot better.

 

 

FINALLY, university has come and the days of mandatory English classes were over. I made sure that I picked a program where English was needed to a minimum. Needless to say, I was more than disappointed to hear that I had to do 2 more English courses in university. Just when I thought I was completely done with English, I had to do 2 more courses. Why do I even have to take these courses if I’m in a math program? Of course, when it was time to pick my communication courses, I chose the one that seemed the easiest. For my 1A term, I chose SPme-fail-englishCOM100 (interpersonal communications), which had much easier content compared to High School but it did have quite a bit of work. Although it was supposed to be about interpersonal communication, we spent most of the entire course writing weekly journals and watching presentations.

When it was time to choose the second communication course, for this term, a specific course caught my attention. FINALLY, an English course that relates to mathematics. Am I finally going to learn something in English that is useful? I immediately chose ENGL 119 to be my second communications course but due to the high demand, there was no space left. However, I was determined to do the course no matter what, even if I had to wait until next year. I checked Quest every day and one day it finally happened. A spot opened up for the course. I switched in as fast as possible and luckily, I took the last spot.

I am looking forward to what this course has to offer. All the content seems to be very interesting and relevant to my future career. I am sure that this course will bi-love-englishe able to change my outlook on English.  This blogging assignment gave me the opportunity to write my very first blog. For once, I actually enjoyed doing an English assignment. I am looking forward to doing the rest of the assignments in the course. In particular, I am excited for the TED talk assignment. I am almost certain that this English course will change my outlook towards English class. No more Romeo and Juliet and finally I can learn something applicable to real life.

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Chicken Barley Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oilIMG_2733[1]

4 carrots, diced small

4 celery stalks, diced small

1 medium yellow onion, diced small

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Coarse salt and ground pepper

6 cups low sodium chicken broth

5 sprigs thyme

1 cup quick cooking barley

5 ounces baby spinach (5 cups)

Instructions

In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add carrots, celery, and onion. Cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until chicken is opaque at edges, about 2 minutes.

Add broth and thyme and bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until barley is tender and chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe Analysis

This soup was fairly simple and easy for me to make. The recipe layout and order made it very smooth to cook this soup. This tasted a lot like chicken soup but much more rich and with much more ingredients inside. The celery and carrots tasted very fresh and the chicken breasts which were very tender and soft. I really enjoyed this soup although it was a bit salty at first but adding a little bit of water solved the issue. I chose the recipe because I love eating all types of chicken whether it is fried chicken or grilled chicken. As a result, this soup recipe really caught my eye. The combination of barley, the vegetables and chicken tasted was fantastic. This soup contained almost every single item from the food group except for dairy. I served this soup to my family during dinner to my family and they also enjoyed it very much. My mom even said that it was the best dish during dinner.

Although it was a success this time, I feel like that there are still somethings that i could do better or change. To start off, the carrots and celery were a bit too soft and also I do not really like those vegetables that much. Next time, I would replace those vegetables with potatoes and broccoli or something. Also, I want to try to add some brown rice into the soup next time instead of barley. I think that this would also work out very well too and it might taste even better. Finally, I would like to add some more chicken. Personally, I felt that the amount of chicken was a bit too little.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience of making the soup and definitely eating it. My family will definitely be seeing this soup at the dinner table again sometime soon!

Recipe analysis

The recipe 

Buttermilk Bran Muffins

Ingredients

1/3 cup (80ml) honey

3 Tablespoons (45ml) butter, softened

1 egg beaten

1 Cup (250ml) buttermilk

3/4 cup (180 ml) bran

3/4 cup (180ml) all purpose flour

1/4 cup (60ml) seedless raisons

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Cream together the honey and butter and stir in the egg and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients and gradually add them to the creamed mixture to make a thick, smooth batter.

Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins, filling them by about two-thirds. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muddin comes out clean.

Why this recipe?

I choose this recipe because the title “Buttermilk Bran Muffins” really caught my attention and it seemed like a very tasty treat. Since i have always loved muffins, I wanted to make some myself. After reading through the ingredients and method, I became very excited and determined to make these muffins and try them. My family also really enjoy muffins so I want to make this for them too.

Recipe Format 

The format of this recipe is Standard Format with the ingredients listed at the top and the steps stated below. In my opinion, this is the easiest format to follow because I like when the ingredients is listed seperately.

Metric or Imperial 

This recipe was found in the book “Canadian Family Cooking” so it should be metric but it also included imperial.

Recipe Terms 

Cream: When you mix two ingredients until it becomes smooth and creamy.

Stir: Mix ingredients

Spoon: Use a spoon to put ingredients onto something

Yield Change 

This recipe makes about 1 dozen muffins which is perfect for my family and I. However, if you feel that this is not enough, you can always double the recipe. If you choose so, the doubled recipe will be listed below:

2/3 cup (160ml) honey

6 Tablespoons (90ml) butter, softened

2 egg beaten

2 Cup (500ml) buttermilk

1 1/2 cup (360 ml) bran

1 1/2 cup (360ml) all purpose flour

1/2 cup (120ml) seedless raisons

Equipment and tools

– Bowls

– Measuring cup

– Measuring spoon

– Muffin Baking Tray

– Gloves

– Oven

– Whisk

– Spatula

– Spoon

Let’s Begin 

First I gathered all the ingredients and tools that i need

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The butter

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1 egg beaten

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The buttermilk

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The bran

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All purpose flour

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Baking Powder

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The raisins

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After i had measured everything, I was ready to do the next step.

I preheated the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

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First, I creamed together the honey and butter and stir in the egg and buttermilk. This is what i looked like when I was finished.

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Next, I stirred together all the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

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After I gradually added the creamed mixture to that to make a thick, smooth batter.

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Lastly, I spooned the butter into muffin tines, filling them by about two-thirds.

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Finally, i was able to bake the the muffins!

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After 15 minutes i took out the muffins as they look like deliciously golden colour.

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Recipe Evaluation

This was the first time that I’ve ever baked anything in my house. I found it quite successful. The muffins tasted fantastic. It was soft and warm and definitely some of the best muffins that I have ever tasted. I shared it with my mom and dad and they enjoyed it just as much as I did. I will be making this recipe much more in the future for myself or quests that come over.

This recipe was very easy to follow. It was not complicated at all and I ran into almost more obstacles. I think that the muffins did not rise enough but it still tasted amazing so I am satisfied. Overall, I enjoyed not only eating these muffins but also the experience of cooking it.