Artisan Bread

Several days ago we made artisan bread. Despite its fancy name, it’s actually really simple to make. 

 

I don’t have any pictures for this one, so I guess you can just imagine that yourself.

 

First, we started by mixing together the dry ingredients, this would include the 6 1/2 cups of All-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tbsp of Active Dry Yeast, and 1 1/2 Salt. Now that I look at the recipe, you weren’t supposed to do this but… 

Moving on!!

After this, we threw in the water. We mixed this by hand, then gave up and stole a bread hook from another group. After wrestling the mixer to contain an incorrectly sized bread hook, our dough was fully mixed. The dough was then officially dubbed Larry! 

After the floury mess Larry made, we gave him a time out in the cupboard overnight. This was both to let the dough rise, and to let Larry think about what he had done. I wouldn’t recommend doing this, I’ll come back to this later.

The next day we took Larry out to bake. We divided the dough into three sections, leaving us with Larry, Barry, and Farry. We folded parts of the dough inward. Then we place it upside down on parchment paper. We then used a knife to create an opening on top of our bread. We did this by cutting a cross shape.

We were supposed to preheat the oven to 450 earlier, but we did it right now. This resulted in 10 minutes of sitting around waiting for our oven to heat up.

We then out our bread in the oven for 45 minutes, the recipe says to put it in for 30 minutes, but groups ended up with underbaked bread so we put it in for an extra 15 minutes. 

After the long wait was over, it was complete! We took out our bread, basking in its glory. It was awesome! The hard crust gave way to a soft interior. However, there was one unexpected occurrence. Since we left the dough overnight, something interesting happened. Number one, out bread, rose like crazy, creating massive air bubbles, but two, our yeast had fermented! Our bread was literally alcoholic! As a parent, realizing that Larry was getting into Alcohol was slightly worrying.

Our group then continued to turn the bread, into grilled cheese sandwiches! However, instead of doing this, I took my loaf home and made garlic bread! We did this by melting two spoonfuls of margarine with some shredded garlic inside. We then warmed this up in the microwave to get this nice garlicky paste. After this, we cut the bread into slices, however, during this process, I cut my pointer finger with the bread knife. After a few sentences of colorful language, I bandaged my finger, cleaned the knife and got back to work. We brushed the bread with the garlic paste. Leaving each slice with a layer of margarine. Now, we then pan-fried all of the slices, leaving, some of them charred, but some of the golden brown. Then they were complete! Served with Spaghetti and meatballs, we ate the garlic bread, lamenting my cut finger, but enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Food safety tips

In the Health Canada website, there is a helpful guide to help Canadians eat or prepare food safely.  The website branches out to different sections, offering tips for being safe at a grocery store, in a dining room, in the kitchen, or in the refrigerator.

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When you go to the grocery store, the website states that you should buy your frozen food last, this is so your food doesn’t thaw while your doing the rest of your shopping. If you have frozen meat, the website states that you shouldn’t re-freeze thawed meat. The website also states, it’s best to thaw out frozen meats in the fridge. Now, if a plate has come into contact with raw meat, it should not come into contact with cooked safe food. The website contains much more useful information stored in a nifty interactive page.

If you’d like to visit the website for yourself, here’s the link!

Vanilla Butter cake prep

To be frank, we didn’t do any preparation of any sort when we began the recipe. However, one of our assignments insists on us running through the preparations that we may have conducted before baking the cake, so that’s why I’m here today.

Funny enough, we didn’t have all the correct tools for making our cake. We didn’t have the right doo-hickey to put on the icing, and we didn’t have the thingy-ma bobber to whip the icing. But nonetheless, we came out the other end with a cake that made its way into the carnival cakewalk!

Now, we used the method that the recipe told us to. Nothing special just followed the instructions.

 

If you’d like to see the post where we actually made the cake.

Vanilla Butter Cake

A couple days ago, we made a Vanilla Butter Cake. (Link to original recipe)

 

We forgot to take pictures for the cake making process, sorry.

 

The first step we took was to preheat the oven to 350°F. After this, we combined the egg yolks (6 of them) and half a cup of sour cream. And put it aside for later.

Then we threw in 1 1/4 cups of sugar in a mixing bowl. After this, we mixed separately the flour (2 cups), leavening (3/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda) and salt (3/4 teaspoon) in a bowl. We then put the flour mixture into the mixing bowl to distribute the leavening around the bowl. We then added the butter, well in out case margarine (2 sticks + 2 tablespoons) into the mixing bowl. This mixed until it looked like a paste. Now if it doesn’t look right away like a paste, don’t worry! Just let the mixer do its work.

After this add 1/2 a cup of sour cream to the mixture. We then let this mix until the mixture lightened in texture. We then added the yolk mixture from earlier half at a time, making sure it was mixed thoroughly. We did this by adding one half, then scraping the sides in.

In a separate bowl with the hand mixer, we wiped 3 egg whites until we had soft peaks. Actually, that was a lie, we hardly wiped it before we went to the next step, which is to add the sugar (1/4 cup). We then did the rest of the mixing by folding it with the spatula, so we wouldn’t whip all the air out of it. Why is this important? No clue.

we then split the batter into two separate cake tins and baked it for 25-30 minutes.

They then came out great! You can’t see them but take my word for it, they were looking pretty good!

 

The cooking day we made the icing! Now we learned our lesson and started taking pictures again.

 

First, we got the recipes ready, this included 2 sticks of becel margarine, 4 cups of icing sugar, 1/4 cup of 2% of milk, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

We then threw it all into the mixer. We occasionally used a spatula to scrape the sides for optimal mixing.

We then took this pix and applied it to our cake. Although we didn’t have the tool to apply the icing, we continued using a spatula. We went about this by putting a dollop on the top of the cake then spread it out using the spatula, creating a nice layer of icing. We continued this along the two layers and on the sides.

 

After this out cake was finished, and some lucky guy or girl won themselves a decent cake. We forgot the picture of the final cake, we were kinda in a rush to get it done. But I can tell you it looked pretty good.

How to Make White Chocolate Cookies

About a day ago, we went into the kitchen and made white chocolate chip cookies. (link to the recipe)

The first step we took was to preheat the oven to 350°F

After this, we creamed the margarine (1 cup) and sugar (2 cups) with a mixer. We did this until there weren’t any obvious clumps of margarine. After this, we mixed in 2 eggs and 2 tsp of Vanilla extract.

After we put together the dry ingredients. This includes 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of cocoa, then 1 tsp of baking soda. The recipe did call for salt, but we cut this out due to salt being already present in a lot of our ingredients already.

After we had the ingredients mixed, we rolled the dough into balls by hand then laid them on the tray. This part was rather messy, the OCD part of me wanted to wash my hands.

We then through them into the oven, leaving them for about 9-10 minutes.

After they were finished they came out great!

How to Make Sugar Cookies

A few days prior we made Sugar Cookies! (Link to the original recipe)

The first step we should’ve taken was to preheat the oven to 400°F.  We didn’t do this until the end, so that caused us to waste a long time waiting for the ovens to heat up.

The second step would be to cream together the butter (1 1/2 Cups) and the sugar (2 cups) with a hand mixer. We did this until the sugar and margarine went together, creating this amalgam of fat and sugar. After this, we put in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract.

Then we mixed dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, this included 5-cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt. We then stirred in the dry ingredients, this then transformed into this wonderful dough.

We ended up naming this wad of dough Jerald. Jerald is a beautiful child.

 

 

We then lovingly put Jerald in the fridge to chill, he did this overnight. After he was done chilling, we woke him up from his nap and took him out. We then said our goodbyes to our child.

Jerald’s ascension to Cookie-hood began with us rolling out parts of the dough. We used cutting boards to get the right thickness of the cookie. After we got the right thickness, we used a cup to get the perfect circle cookie. We also had an array of other cookie cutters we used to get different shapes.

We then put these cookies on the cookie tray and threw them into the oven for around 9 minutes. We watched as Jerald grew from a little dough baby to a fully grown cookie! It was bitter-sweet watching our Jerald growing up.

After he was done, we took him out of the oven and let him sit and cool. We then covered the cookies in icing creating really nice cookies!

Although we might have created the antichrist cookie, but I think it was worth it!

Canada’s Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide is a website that helps guide Canadians to make good decisions about food. The website contains helpful tips and even recipes you can use in your own kitchen.

  1. One of the important tips that the website offers is to choose foods that contain healthy fats. Most processed foods contain types of fats that put us at a higher risk of heart disease and other complications that may harm us down the road. These fats are found in fatty meats and high-fat dairy products. These fats are known as saturated fats. These fats are harder for our bodies to break down. You can avoid these kinds of fats by eating foods that have unsaturated fats.  This would include nuts, seeds, avocado, etc. By choosing foods with healthy fats, you lower your risk of heart disease in your future.
  2. The website also has a page that helps you to implement better eating habits in your life. If money is a problem, there are ways around that. Buying generic brands helps you to save money on buying ingredients. Also buying food in season also cuts down the cost. If you can’t afford fresh produce, just buy it frozen. This can be easily down to help you eat well in your home, but how do you maintain this abroad? There are simple things you can do to make healthy food decisions on the road. When getting drinks, pick water rather than high sugar drinks. And if your full, don’t force yourself to finish your plate. If you can, try to take leftovers. If you’re struggling with maintaining healthy eating habits, make your goals specific and measurable. If you give yourself the vague goal of eating better, it’ll be difficult to maintain. Make specific goals, like lowering your sugar intake to a certain amount of grams, or adding carrots to your soup.
  3. If you don’t know any healthy recipes, you can refer to the website. Out of the library of recipes, the one that caught my eye was the Creamy Clam Chowder recipe.  I love clam chowder, so the minute I saw this recipe, I saved it so I can cook it this weekend! It’s a 15-minute prep and it provides 4 servings, just in case if you want fourths (Or share, if that’s what you want to do).

After looking through Canada’s food guide I found a lot of useful information. I’ll probably be looking back at this website often. Now if you excuse me, I have a date with Clam Chowder soup to attend to.

How to make Muffins or, Cupcakes?

In cooking class we followed a simple recipe for making cupcakes, or is it muffins? For simplicity, I’m now calling them Muffcakes.

The first step we took to making Muffcakes was wiping our counters. This was to ensure that the countertops were clean and we didn’t end up infecting the Muffcakes with the corona virus.

Then we preheated the oven 350.

After this, we got a mixing bowl and put together our wet ingredients. This would include 1 1/4 cups of water and  1/2 cup of vegetable oil. We mixed these in the mixer. Then we put in the dry ingredients. This would be the contents of the Betty Crocker mix. After this, we put in the 3 eggs.

This left us with a viscous soup of Muffcake goodness.

We then put the mixture into muffin tins. This was done with the expertise of EJ’s amazing coordination.

 

 

We then threw in the uncooked Muffcakes, allowing them to transform into what they were destined to be, Muffcakes. True… Muffcakes.

We attempted to film the baking with the timelapse technique officially dubbed the phone-taped-to-oven trick.

 

 

We ended up with this video.

An absolute masterpiece.

 

With the Muffcakes finished we were ready to partake of the fruits of our labor. We then learned we don’t get to eat them.

Pain stricken, I forgot to take a picture of the final product.

Thus ends the emotional rollercoaster of baking Muffcakes.

 

The Problem of Evil

Every day in our lives, we are confronted by evil. In the news, we see all kinds of evil. Mass murders, arson, bombings, crimes of unimaginable degrees are committed on a daily bases. How can this be? If God is an all-loving deity, then how can his creation be evil? Many Christians are confronted with this question when they pursue faith in God. It’s a logical dilemma that leaves people confused. However, there’s a very simple answer to this argument, freedom of choice.

Since God is all-loving, he gave us the gift of choice. In our everyday lives, we can choose to do good. When we receive money, we can choose to donate it, or not. Some people choose to act out with love, others with selfishness. We weren’t born with evil, it’s a choice. When someone is born, they were raised with moral values. Though following these values can sometimes be a detriment to selfish desires. So they can either choose to obey their moral code or act on their desires. This could be to harm someone if they crossed you, steal something you want, etc. The choice to commite evil is yours. However, you can be born with an inclination to be “evil”. Some people are born with sociopathy, which inhibits their empathy towards others.

So people can’t be evil, but nature also commits acts of destruction that may harm us. Nature isn’t effected by freedom of choice, so how can something directly created by God be evil? Well, unconscious nature can’t be evil. A tornado doesn’t have malicious intent when it destroys a town, it just exists to live then disappear. A wild-fire isn’t planning on harming anyone, it just happens. A a matter of fact, Wildfires happen periodically for the benefit of the forest. Well, what about animals? When an animal attacks another animal, it acts on this to survive, it’s not aware of the suffering it inflicts, it’s just doing what it’s supposed to, surviving.

Every day, we are confronted by the evil of others, the evil people choose to do. People choose to benefit themselves with full knowledge of the harms of their actions. This is not because of God, rather it’s because of the people. “Evil is not a thing, an entity, a being,” Kreeft says. God lovingly gave us choice, knowing we could choose to commit evil against him. So choose wisely.

Digital Storytelling | Rush B Tshirt

For the third time, I will be making a t-shirt design, but this one has a twist, I’m actually printing it. I will be covering how I made my design, and how I printed it.

Assignment link (http://iblog.stjschool.org/ds106/assignments/create-a-t-shirt/)

I started with the logo underneath the picture.

For making the logo, or any other part of the picture, I started with the linework, I think this is the most important part of the image. This will affect everything after. When making your linework. It’s important to make sure that…

  • All the lines that you want coloured in are enclosed
  • Make sure lines aren’t overlapping, unless you want that
  • Make sure the lines are neat and tidy, not shaky and crinkled.

Heres the linework I used. The “B” isn’t really part of the linework, but it’s there for reference.

After this, I added the basic colours. And the “B”

The “B” was made using the standard paint tool, and a custom brush I made myself called “rough texture”, very creative know.

This made the sort of spray paint kind of effect.

 

 

 

 

After this, I gave the “rush” a more metallic look. I did this By adding streaks of light and dark at a diagonal. I also added a highlight at the top of each letter and shading at the bottom of each letter. After all this, I finished it off by adding a dusty effect using the Rough texture brush.

Lookin good

After this, I applied the same steps with the foreground. Linework, Colors, Lighting. Here are all the steps I took to making the foreground.

Linework

Colour

Lighting

So I added what I had so far together and it made this.

 

 

Pretty cool, but plain.

 

 

 

 

 

After this, I added a hall behind them. This doesn’t only make the scene make more sense, it gives the image itself more structural integrity when we peel it off to press it on the shirt.

After this, I added other effects, like glare, reflection, dust, etc.

Now for the final touch, I added a white outlining. This not only makes the linework more visible when with the dark door, but it also gives the thin bits that stick out (for example, the barrel of the sniper rifle) a little more structure so they don’t break off when you peel it.

This gives us our final image!

Now for the fun bit!

To be frank, I couldn’t explain this as well as the tutorial I watched can, so here it is. Just watch it up to 2:57.

After you’ve done that, set the shape you’ve made’s outline to something visible. Like pink or green.

This next section is all done by Mr. Sader, but it’s good to understand what’s happening.

After you have the vector white outline, Set the outline to a color that’s not in your image, like magenta. Name this color to CutContour. This will be the color that the printer cuts along. You may. Have some problems with the cutline (I know I did), so fiddle around with the settings of the color until it works.

After this go ahead and convert the image to a .eps file. And send it off to be printed. Make sure you’re using the right kind of paper, poster paper doesn’t melt on t-shirts.

After the printers done, we’ll leave out the image for 24 hours to dry out.

Now to the fun stuff!

After you have patiently waited, you extract your design.

The first thing you’ll do is “weed”  the parts you don’t want. This will be all of the blank white around your image. You’ll do this by using the weeder to pell off a corner, don’t try to peel it like a conventional sticker, it’s harder than you think.

This is the weeder

After this, you’ll use the masking tape to take off your design. To do this press the masking tape on the design and use the rubber squeegee to secure the tape on the image. Instead of just pealing it off, the tape is a lot safer for the image. If you just use your hands, you’ll risk breaking the design.

After you preheat the iron to 305 F, place your shirt on the base and your design. Don’t forget to cover your design with parchment paper, this will prevent your design from being exposed to the iron. Clamp down the press for 4 seconds, this is to warm it up.

After this press, it backs down for 14 seconds. After this, take off the parchment paper and peel off the masking tape, clamp the press down one more time. For a couple seconds

After all of this, you just created your t-shirt!