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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Preparing For Cross-Country!

For the past few weeks, at school, we've been practicing running for Cross-Country. Our routine had to be changed because of the wet grass but, that didn't stop us from trying our hardest. 

Each day for 2-3 weeks, we ran for 10-15 minutes. At first I wasn't so hyped but, once I had a rhythm it wasn't as bad as I thought. I zoned out... Then next thing I knew our 10, 15 minutes were up.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Pasta-La Vista! - Cooking with Bella

I am once again at Tech. This week my partner, Bella and I made ham and pasta salad.


Ham & Pasta Salad: Method
Step 1 - Boil pasta until it's soft.
Step 2 - Drain the pasta in cold water (use colander)
Step 3 - Dice half a tomato, half an onion and some ham.
Step 4 - Add tomato, onion, ham and mayo to pasta.
Step 5 - Serve in a white bowl.
Step 6 - Clean up.

The taste of the pasta salad was very different from what I'm used to. It had fresh and refilling vibe to it which I can't exactly explain. Overall I thought it tasted okay, a bit under seasoned but, not terrible


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Kahurangi: Maori Myths and Legends

On Wednesday the 1st of August, a group of young, Maori performers came to our school.

The group was made up of two males and four females. They started their performance by singing Maori songs. Afterwards, they all introduced themselves one by one. We all said "Kia ora!" with our loudest voices.

Once they finished introducing themselves, they continued the on with the show. They retold a myth about a beatiful sea creature and a handsome man from the land. The man was madly inlove with the beatiful sea creature and so goes for the sea creature. There love was so strong that the man wished he could stay with her forever but sadly couldn't, the only way for that to be possible was to make the lovely maiden eat cooked food. The man tried to feed her cooked food in her sleep but she woke up from the smell of the cooked food. She ran away and became a rock under the sea upset.

That myth was my favourite one out of everything they performed. Hopefully one day they will come back and perform for us once again.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

You Butter (Better) Not Mess With my Chicken! - Cooking with Robati and Saluselo

This week at Tech we cooked butter chicken with rice. Cooking along side me was Robati and Saluselo.

Method:
Step 1 - Dice the chicken.
Step 2 - Fry the chicken until brown.
Step 3 - Take out the chicken into a white bowl.
Step 4 - Fry onion until soft.
- Add sauce,
- Add chicken.
Step 5 - Serve with rice.

Once we were finished we took a spoon and taste tested our completed dish. I thought the dish was very favourful and nicely cooked. Although, Robati did think it was a bit too spicy, Saluselo and I didn't mind the heat.

I am seriously considering making butter chicken again following,
Mrs Tuipulotu's recipe!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Nacho (Not Your) Cheese! - Cooking With George

This week at Tech, Mrs Tuipulotu put us into new pairs. My new bubby for Tech is a student from Saint Puis named George. George and I made Nachos following Mrs Tuipulotu's recipe.

Nachos - Method and Ingredients 

Step 1 - Dice an onion.
- Fry until soft.
Step 2 - Break up the mince.
- Add to fried onion until a nice brown color.
Step 3 - Mix together baked beans, a tablespoon of tomato paste and tomato puree until combined.
Step 4 - Add sauce to the mince.
- Add cheese to the mince once the sauce is bubbling.
Step 5 - Serve the Nachos with corn chips on a plate or in a bowl.

When we plated our food I could see the cheese sliding down like an avalanche. It looked so good but, smelt weird to me. Mrs Tuipuloto come around giving everyone a plastic spoon so we could taste our food. My partner George said he liked the flavour of the sauce so, I took his word for it and gave it a go... To be honest, I thought it had a weird, sour taste. 

If I were to make Nachos again I would use kidney beans(black beans) instead of baked beans.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My Egg-cellent Time At Tech: Cooking With Helena

(As you can see, I am smiling awkwardly)
Today we made 11-12 quiches. Once again I paired up with Helena. 

Baking with Helena was very fun and interesting because I learnt how to re-use the left over pastery we had and I got to learn a bit more about Helena.

Ingredients:

  • One sheet of puff pastery
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
Method:
Step 1 - Cut the puff pastery into 12 pieces.
  •  Put pastery into two muffin trays.
Step 2 - Dice ham. 
  • Add ham to the muffin tray.
  • Add cheese also.
Step 3 - Whisk 4 eggs together with 1/2 cup of milk.
  •  Add evenly to muffin tray.
Step 4 - Bake for 15 minutes at 180℃.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Cooking With Helena

Today at Tech I paired up with a Saint Pius student called Helena. Together we made pasta with mince.

Pasta With Mince - Ingredients and Method
Step 1 - Boil pasta with 2 cups of hot water until soft. Drain under cold water using a colander/drainer.
Step 2 - Dice half an onion into small pieces and fry it until soft.
  • Add the mince and fry until cooked.
  • Add sauce, spices and cheese.
  • Add cooked pasta.
Step 3 - Bake in oven for 10 minues with an extra handful of cheese on top. Take out once the cheese has melted.

During the process of making the mince, I learnt how to dice an onion and how to tell if pasta is cooked or not. Mrs Tuipulotu, our teacher for Tech, recommended we taste our food every now and then.

Sadly, the pasta I thought was cooked was partly raw. 50% of the batch was undercooked and crunchy while, on the other hand, 50% was cooked to perfection. Next time I'll stir the pot every now and then to ensure all the pasta gets boiled to perfection.