When things aren’t what you expect, you have to improvise. And sometimes, like with that white chicken chili, you got to make something out of nothing. Here’s another one of those incidences. I wanted to make smoothies like I usually do at home but I was at my boyfriends house. He had some ingredients, but not everything o needed. We were missing bananas, spinach, and oats. And we ran out of ice!!! But we made it work!
Going to miss my group! I had fun with you guys! I’m glad we were able to form friendships beyond this class and projects
For this make, I suggested in class that the Peter Paul group try to do something along the lines of food bingo. After thinking about it more and then trying to incorporate the idea/assignment of children learning about different types of fruit and veggies (i.e. when the professor explained in detail about using pomegranate seeds and allowing them to see it and feel it and taste it. So, with combining those sorts of ideas with food bingo, I came up with the idea of using five different foods for the bingo chips. For example, instead of chip pieces for the game, they would use pre-cut pieces of kale, pomegranate seeds, apple cubes, pre-cut pieces of bread, and small strawberries. These items would be distributed in different varieties and placed in bags and given to the children with the bingo sheets. They would play it like “B5- kale”.
This past Wednesday did NOT go as expected! I have no pictures because I was busy, busy, busy! Only one person showed up to help from my group so I was very short handed. I expected a couple members plus the professor. I only got ONE heads up on absent notifications. I was very disappointed. I made the chili ALONE although it was still a success. I prepped it, cooked it, and passed out samples. Luckily, a volunteer from the pantry aided in parts of the project, but there was still LOTS of work left to do. Because things slowly became too much to handle for me, I quit. I ended up not passing out the rest of my samples because it was cold and starting to get dark outside AND I was alone. So I headed back to the kitchen to clean up, wash the dishes, give away what chili that I had left, eat what was left so nothing was wasted, and wipe down everything and throw away the trash. Although I was really mad with having to do a lot of things on my own, I still enjoyed cooking and helping the Rampantry. AND there were a few people from a band that were using the kitchen after we were done that I asked to take some chili if they were interested. THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. One guy came back like four times and even took a bowl to go! He said it was so good and was hoping I wasn’t packing up the rest to take home. I wasn’t sure if he was a student or not, but he asked about the Rampantry and how often we were doing the sampling and I was happy to give out the information!
So my lesson learned for next time is to not depend on anyone. Plan on doing things yourself by assuming all the roles of the group. Also, since times have changed we will have to make the afternoon group at an earlier time in the afternoon because it gets too dark. OR…jut cancel the afternoon group since no one wants to show up anyhow. I’m just really mad about that so…yeah. I hate it when people don’t say anything about whether or not they are coming!!! I could have canceled it that week if I knew that it would be like that! I don’t live on campus so I could have DEFINITELY saved the gas!
Here are some of my group and I’s fine creations! We were on a roll…until Ella got overly into smashing cupcakes lol. We had fun! Everyone bought something that you would think normally wouldn’t fit or serve much purpose. For example, I bought salt. Even though it didn’t seem like it would act as much of an art piece, it actually added more to the pieces when we incorporated it just as the poppy seeds did. I loved adding the poppy seeds for more contrast or to break up some of the color.
In doing this project, as we discussed some ideas in a previous class that we thought would serve a good purpose, I felt like what did we really learn by doing this? To make food look more appealing? Lots of it did NOT look appealing at all. Maybe we should instead use foods from our organizations and instead of unpackaging them all, maybe set up a scene to make it look like a display of yummy things you can get maybe with a plate of those ingredients combined that actually makes a great dish that everyone can achieve using those ingredients. That’s how commercials do it. And that would promote our nonprofits very well.