International Food Day

Assignment for April 27th/ 28th (using the principles on giving instructions that we learned in class this week):

  • Mission: We will be implementing the non-traditional class day that we voted on last winter.  The International Food Day won by a landslide (over a resumé or creative writing workshop), so we will enjoy typical dishes from a variety of countries, homemade by our classmates.
  • Destination: Individually or in pairs, you are to choose an English-speaking country, select a typical dish from that country, prepare said dish for your classmates, then explain how you prepared the dish and any interesting facts/pertinent details you learn along the way.
  • Procedure:
  1. Select an English-speaking country (this could be an obvious choice, like New Zealand, or a less obvious one, like India)
  2. Familiarize yourself with their cuisine and select a dish that is both typical and something you feel will be fun to share with your classmates.
  3. Using the above suggestions, write a definition of the dish.  Tell your classmates a little about the dessert/appetizer/main dish they are going to try.
  4. Prepare the dish for the class.  As you are making it, note any difficulties you encounter so that you can share those with your classmates (in the Anticipation step), should they choose to make this dish in the future.
  5. Once the dish is defined and prepared and your instructions are written, be ready to speak for a couple of minutes about what you made and the experience of making it.  If you choose to make a South African dish, you may want to share some interesting facts about South Africa that you learned along the way.  You don’t even have to restrain yourself to speaking only about your food item.
  • Time: If your classmates wanted to prepare this dish, how long will it take them to finish? How much money will they have to spend buying ingredients?
  • Anticipation: What difficulties should I expect to encounter on the way? How should I prepare for the project (buying special ingredients, obtaining special cooking utensils, etc.)?  Were there any particularly difficult parts to the recipe?  Did you have to substitute an ingredient for lack of availability in Santiago?
  • Failure: For a recipe, this step could explain what should be expected if the desired outcome is attained.  For instance, if I choose to make good ol’ American pancakes, I would tell you that the result should be light and fluffy with a slightly sweet taste.  The pancakes will be cooked all the way through, a golden brown in color, and round in shape.  To give the readers an idea of portion size, I could indicate how many people one batch would serve.  In this manner, the reader will know that burnt or runny or undercooked or overly sweet (etc.) pancakes are not the desired outcome.

So, have at it!  Choose a partner, pick a country, find an interesting dish, and cook away!  Then give your classmates all the necessary tools to understand what culinary delight they are enjoying and how to make that dish in the future.  It is advisable to write up a Word document or PowerPoint so you can illustrate the steps (you could even take photos of the journey to accompany the instructions!)

*Let me know if we need to talk logistics about serving your dish next week.  If you need a fridge or a microwave, you can bring it to me as early as the night before class (I can meet you on campus).  I will provide drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils.

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