Thursday, September 18
Today I gave a 5-10 minute presentation to my senior exhibit class explaining my project, what I've done so far, and what I plan to do. I think I did pretty well, but I was definitely nervous. I always get nervous, but I'm not sure why. It was only in front of a few friends... and I was well prepared to give the presentation. For some reason, my hands still shake! I started by explaining how my project evolved into what it is now. Then I explained my project, and showed the cover. Everyone seemed to be really impressed. I have created a template that I'm going to follow for each contributor's page, so I showed two examples of the pages - Wangari Maathai, and Lynne Twist. On the left page, the person's name is big, and beneathe it is a large photo of the person. Under the photo is where my "peace bio" will go - information about what this person has done for the world. On the other page, the name of the recipe is written in a similar format to how the person's name was written on the other page. Under their name I have room for a quote, with large quotation marks to bring the person's focus to it. Under the quote are the ingredients which will be displayed in the same fashion throughout the book, and under them will be the "method" for cooking the recipe. All ingredients have been formatted to look the same... consistency, consistency, consistency! (For example, throughout the whole book, "tablespoon" will be written out and not shortened to "tblspn", and "lb" will be changed to "pound.")
The colors of navy blue and gold are being encorporated throughout the entire book, not just the cover. Mrs. Clark Evans, next time we meet I will show you the template for the pages!
At next week's senior exhibit meeting, we get to watch the video of ourselves that Mr. Eckerson took while we gave our mini-presentation. I'm sure my nervousness will be obvious, but I hope to really improve that problem of mine over the course of the year, so I can be calm, collected, and comfortable for my real presentation!
September 9, Entry #15
The "work" aspect of my project is finally starting to kick in. Between 60-70 people have agreed to put in recipes. We have gotten a lot of them; each is saved on my computer. This weekend, I have no real plans. I decided to devote it to my project! I'm going to begin researching those peace advocates who have already submitted their recipe (esp. the easy ones that won Nobel PEace Prizes... their info is all over the place!), and hopefully write at least 10 "peace bios."
Jody heard from a writer that www.lulu.com is a great place for self-publising. I've created an account on that site. The Table of Contents is going to be organized alphebetically rather than by types of dishes (appetizers, main courses, desserts). I created the cover and I'm really excited! It's navy blue with gold writing. No pictures, but sometimes the simpler, the most effective.
We decided on a paper-back, 8.5x11book. Hardcover would be my first choice, but it is more expensive. We'll see what ends up happening - that decision doesnt have to be made quite yet.
I can create the pages in InDesign, change them to a PDF file, and upload them directly to the site. Perfect!
August 28th, Entry 14
I'm sorry I haven't written in so long! Things have been crazy. I went to Honduras on the mission trip I went on last year (and that Meghan Pcsolyar did as her senior exhibit), and since then it's been crunch time preparing for school. I'm so excited to be a senior this year, and even more excited about yearbook and my senior exhibit! A lot's happened since I last wrote. The recipes have been flowing in!!! Too many to put in my journals, it'd be an overload. 56 peace advocates have been invited to contribute to the book, and most of them have had an extactic response. Some truly awesome people have contributed. This month, I've done some cooking with my dad and stepmom of these recipes, and adjusted them to work better here. Jody is preparing a final list of contributers so that I can begin formulating a blurb about each of them. I'm going to get help on this from Jody, too though so that it doesn't end up being a boring blurb that I got from Wikipedia! She knows a great deal about each person, and purposefully chose them to be contributers.
Jody sent me an email yesterday, and this is what it said:
This is not a trick question, ok? In your view, how are recipes and peace similar? Don't just whip off an answer, think about it. Ok?
At first I was thinking, "oh great. more thinking and work and i'm not even in English class!!" But truthfully, if this is my senior exhibit, I need to have a pretty good idea about how they are related. I think it's a good idea to, at the beginning of the book, write a little something about my project and why I chose it. I'll talk about the similarities between peace and recipes/cooking. Here's what I came up with for a response to her email... but this is pretty informal and doesn't include all my ideas:
Peace and recipes/cooking are metaphorically very similar. Peace is like a well cooked meal. There are so many ingredients - just hoping for it will not ever acheive it. It takes time, effort, pateince, knowledge and a true passion. Without these things, peace, fairness, and equality would have never become a part of our world. If only a simple recipe could be created and followed to achieve world peace!
I think it's interesting that she thought to ask me that. But, I'm really glad she did.
We're hoping to have all the recipes in within two weeks from a couple days ago. Once I have the list she's sending me of the contributers, I can write the blurbs. Then, I can really get going and begin the design aspect. The book should be completed in its entirety by springtime. Jody was happy to hear we have that long, just as I was happy to hear that all the recipes will be in within two weeks! It's all coming together.
July 2nd, Entry 13
July 2, 2008
Another recipe in, from Liz Bernstein. She has worked hand in hand with both my dad and Jody. She is the ICBL (Interenational Campaign to Ban Landmines) coordinator. She travels constantly! She gave us a recipe for gazpacho:
jody's summer salads inspired me to add my favorite summer soup, gazpacho, from my dad, simple but does use the cuisinart or blender (beware phnom penh-ites!). when we moved back from mozambique and actually owned a cuisinart to make cool things in, thanks to jody and goose, one hot DC day i called up my dad to ask how to make it as i remembered his was just the thing on hot summer nights in NO. it's yummy, and cool.
4-5 good ripe tomatoes (or if you're stuck a can of 16 oz will do (seasoned diced tomatoes)) lots of veggies: a green pepper a red pepper (if you are averse to domineering green peppers another red/yellow will do instead!) a bunch of scallions/green onions a small-ish vidalia (or red) onion a carrot or two (chopped a bit first) celery stalk or two a cucumber several garlic cloves
a tbsp or so of olive oil 2 tbsp or so of your favorite vinegar squirt of lemon lots of italian seasonings: oregano, basil, parsley, salt/pepper
puree at hi speed in lots of short spurts - if it's not a consistency you like you can always add room temperature stock - or after stir in some ice cubes and let sit. or put in the fridge or freezer to get cold enough.
you can then chop up some accompaniments: chopped fresh tomato, chopped / diced celery, peppers, cucumber, parsley, as you like!
Sounds yummy! I've had gazpacho before, but unfortunately wasn't very impressed. Something about a cold soup seems to make me uneasy... but I do look forward to preparing this dish and tasting it again.
June 18th, Entry 12
June 18, 2008
Happy summer! I've started working everyday with the kids at the FA summer camp, and I'm really enjoying it. I've also been putting a lot of thought into where I want to go to college lately - a lot of talks with my brother, sister, and parents. I've narrowed it down to this so far: First choice; UVA, second choice; University of Richmond, Third & Fourth; CofC and Ole Miss.
As for my senior exhibit, I have another recipe. This one is from Betty Williams and her husband Rusti. Betty won the prize with Mairead Maguire for advocating peace in Ireland. I also had the opportunity to meet her when I was in Denver for the peace conference. She seemed to be a very caring and loving person with a good sense of humor! I'm really happy she sent an Irish recipe to represent her culture. Here is her recipe:
Salmon in Pastry
For an easy lunch or party dish it always looks attractive. Serves six to eight.
2 3/4 lbs Salmon (skinned & boned; cut into two pieces)
4 oz Butter 2 inches Ginger peeled & chopped finely
1 tbsp Raisins (optional)
8 oz Shortcrust Pastry (frozen if you can't make your own)
Beaten Egg Yolk to glaze Mix butter with ginger and raisins and spread on top of one piece of salmon. Put the other piece of salmon on top and press down gently. Season the salmon with salt and black pepper. Roll out the pastry into a large piece. Put the salmon in the middle and wrap the pastry over the salmon, pressing the pastry closed so you have a package. Trim off any pits of extra pastry. Fork the pastry in a few places to let steam escape.
Brush with the beaten egg and bake for 30-35 minutes at 425 F/Gas mark 7. Serve with hollandaise sauce and new potatoes. Hope this helps. Sending tons of love, Betty & Rusti
For the salmon, I'll use filets. I found a good recipe for Shortcrust Pastry that I will include in the book: http://www.deliaonline.com/cookery-school/how-to/how-to-make-shortcrust-pastry,21,AR.html
And, my family has a GREAT hollandaise sauce recipe that I'll use that includes egg yolks, butter, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. I'll include this recipe, too. (But make sure to specify it's not Betty's actual recipe!) Three recipes down!
June 4th, Entry 11
3 potatoes 2 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped 1 chicken cut in pieces 400g (14oz) can tomato puree 75g (3oz) seasoned flour 15ml (1Tbsp) curry paste 30mil (2 Tbsp) vegetable oil 5ml (1tsp) Tabasco sauce 2 onions chopped 1 chicken stock cube 1 green pepper sliced 600ml (1pint) water
• Boil the potatoes for ten minutes until half cooked. Peel and slice. • Coat chicken in seasoned flour. Heat oil in frying pan and brown. Remove from pan. • Add onions and green pepper and cook until soft. • Add 4-5 tablespoons of the remaining flour to the pan and cook for 1 minute. • Add tomato puree, curry paste, Tabasco sauce, stock and sufficient water to make a thick sauce. • Put the chicken pieces in a large casserole, cover with the sliced potatoes and the vegetables. • Cover the casserole and bake at 150C (300F) for an hour. Serve with rice and a salad. This recipe is from both him and his wife, Leah. I had the chance to meet Tutu at the PeaceJam Conference a couple years ago. This recipe doesn't look too intimidating, which makes me happy! Two recipes down; great news. I seem to be right on track with my plan.
May 21st, Entry 10
May 21, 2008
Happy Birthday to Meg! We received our first recipe!!! Yipee. It is from Mairead Maguire. Here is the email she sent Jody and Jody forwarded to me: Dear Jody, I hope this finds you and family all well. We are great here thank God. We are looking forward to seeing you in May and have got the room ready!!! I am sorry I did not get back to you earlier re your request for recipe for your step daughter's book, but here it is. I love this recipe and I hope that sharing it with others will bring them the same enjoyment, both cooking and eating it, With friends and family. (I decided to send a sweet rather than savour dish and hope this is alright). Wish your Stepdaughter every good luck with this - a great idea).
PAVLOVA (named after the famous Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova) (Serves 8 - 10) Ingredients: 10 egg white's - room temperature 350 grams castor sugar (This means super fine sugar) 2 teaspoonfuls vinegar 2 teaspoonfuls corn flour (Corn starch) Pint Double Cream (If this isn't available, we'll use heavy cream/whipping cream) Strawberries for decoration (or mixture of favour fruits and chocolate flakes) Tools: Mixer/balloon whisk Greaseproof paper Large Flat tray Over preheated to l8Oo cent. If convection oven or 190o cent, if normal oven Spatula. l) Mix eggs in mixer (balloon) on high until tripled size 2) Slowly add sugar until meringue is stiff 3) Add corn flour and mix for 2 minutes 4) Add vinegar and mix for 2 minutes 5) Transfer mixture onto greaseproof paper and pile high about 10 cms round 6) Cook in oven about 20 minutes until light brown and cracks have appeared 7) Remove oven and leave in warm room for half hour and then turn onto a plate and wait till cold. 8) Decorate with whipped cream and fruit of choice. 9) Enjoy From Ireland - via Russia - with love.... Mairead
Interesting that she chose a Russian recipe when she's from Ireland! She received the prize in 1977 for promoting peace in Northern Ireland. You can see that I've done some research on the ingredients that weren't familiar to me (the things noted in this font in parenthesis). I'm glad that rather than only main courses, we will have other things like desserts too.
May 7, 2008 Entry 9
May 7, 2008
I just realized I never updated you on my change of plan for my summer activity. I received my work schedule for the summer, to find that I'll be working between 30 and 40 hours a week! I'm happy about this because I'll be making a lot of money I can save. This will, however, keep me from having the time to take a class at germanna. I'm alright with this, though, because my project seems to focus mostly on cooking. I will take cooking classes at Wittingham downtown - there are a lot of different ones. Hopefully, over the summer, they'll have international cooking courses. That would be perfect! I don't have much of an interest in graphic design for my future, and I don't need any more skill in that area in order to create the cookbook because I have so much experience designing pages form yearbook. So, as the summer begins, I'll look more into the classes at Wittingham. I'll also prepare some of the recipes over the summer, probably in August.
April 23rd, Entry 8
I'm not sure if I've told you yet, but I have decided that the title of my secnipor project is "Recipes for Peace." What I love most about my senior exhibit is that I get to coordinate three of my passions into one great project: peace, graphic design, and cooking! I will learn a lot more about how to cook, about peace advocates, and about graphic design. I'm going to take classes downtown at Whittingham. I am going to get the recipes, and cook them at home with my new knowledge. I'm going to make the needed adjustments to the recipes (Some will have ingredients that I'm not familiar with - from other countries). I will photograph each entrée and save the picture to put in the cookbook. I will research about each peace advocate, and write a little blurb about each of them on the same page as their recipe. I will send thank-you notes to each of these peace advocates for their contribution, and hopefully get a response from them that I will hold on to and display to everyone I present my project to. I will design each page and the cover of the cookbook, send it to a plant that will publish it, and send a copy to each peace advocate, and Jody will sell the book on her website. Woo! I have everything planned out.
I sat down and spoke with my dad and Jody a lot about the project the other night over dinner. We discussed the layout of the book, the people she had contacted, and our plan of attack. Jody is going to forward me every recipe she receives - she plans to begin receiving them very soon. I will look over each recipe and see what is familiar and unfamiliar to me. I will make each recipe with either Jody or my dad, rather than completely on my own at my Mom's house. That way, Jody will be included, and they both will likely be able to help me out. They can help with cooking skill, and deciphering the differences in ingredients. I plan to create the book in InDesign - the same program I use in yearbook. Although there are millions of other programs I could use, I chose this one because I am already very comfortable with it and know a lot of the cool things it can do. The book will be in all color. There are also a million websites for creating cookbooks, but I've decided not to use them because most of them design the book completely after getting the recipes (no fun for me!).
April 9, 2008: Journal Entry #7
March 26, 2008: Journal Entry #6
It is hard to find a lot to write about this early in the stage of senior exhibit! I am so excited for summer to roll around so that I can really get going. I plan to sit down in a little less than two weeks with Jody and Liz Bernstein, whom I've gotten to know over the years through both my dad and stepmom. She is going to play a role, just as Jody is, in the compilation of this awesome scrapbook. She's got to be as excited, or more excited, than I am!! Right now in yearbook, we're just about finished with this year's book -- meaning it's almost time for me to step it up as Editor. I'll have to start talking to the class everyday, and begin brainstorming ideas for next year's book. As I think about it, I get a little stressed because I know how much work it will be for me over the next year. This relates to my senior exhibit because I'm taking a graphic design course over the summer that will likely give me a million great ideas for next year's book AND the cookbook. It'll be cool working on them both at the same time - I'll likely bounce ideas back and fourth.
I've been talking to Jody often about our plan. I'll write again after the meeting with Liz and her!
March 12, 2008: Journal Entry #5
March 12, 2008: Journal Entry #5
I have been urging, politely, for my step-mom to begin contacting those friends of hers that she was interested in including in our cookbook. I’d like to have all the recipes together far before I begin laying out the design. That way, I can organize and prepare the recipes in a way that I am 100% sure that I’ll love. I have already purchased a brand new binder to being working with these recipes. I plan to do a little research on each area of the world that I get recipes from. Although I already have some knowledge about most of these laureates from the conference I went to last year, I’d like to refresh my mind on them and their lives as well. That way, I can include little tid-bits about their life and accomplishments in the cookbook.
A little cookbook update:
Yesterday, Jody began sending a couple of invitations to her Nobel friends to contribute recipes to the cookbook project. Both Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire -- the Laureates from
She also sent one off to Archbishop Tutu, but hasn’t heard back yet.
My dad and Jody are going to contribute "American classics" -- his bbq sesame beef, his bacon-cucumber potato salad, and her bourbon apple pie. That is their plan as of now, at least.
Jody plans to send some more invitations today -- to Shirin Ebadi(
This is exciting.
March 1st, 2008: Journal Entry #4
March 1st, 2008: Journal Entry #4
Great news! The cookbook is a definite “go.” I told you before that Jody had contacted the director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Her name is Ms. Liz Bernstein. I’ve gotten to know her through the years, because she works very closely with my dad and stepmom both. Jody spoke to her awhile ago, but sat down more recently with her to really “work the kinks” out about how it was going to work. I’m so excited! I’ve been looking into graphic design classes at
The core recipes for this international cookbook will be favorite recipes from some of Jody’s Nobel Peace Laureate friends. There can be favorites from
I am confident about this project because it will have a concrete and practical result, contributing to making a better world.
How exciting!!!! In fact, Liz Bernstien will be here in
I can’t wait to work on creating this first-ever cookbook.
February 10, 2008 Journal Entry #3
February 10, 2008 Journal Entry #3
Not much has happened since my last journal entry. Jody has spoken to the director of the Nobel Women's Initiative, who sounded incredibly interested in this project. Jody plans to soon begin contacting and compiling recipes to forward to me. She will serve as the liaison between the laureates and me. My job and "time to take over" will come as the recipes start coming in, so I can begin organizing the cookbook and my ideas for it.
In September of 2006, I went to Denver, Colorado (University of Denver) for a conference for an organization called Peace Jam, which is an effort to get the young involved in issues in the world. Nobel Peace Laureates are incredibly active with this program, because it meets around the world. At every conference, there is a Peace laureate there to speak about the issues of the world, and how we, as youth, can involve ourselves and change what needs to be changed. I went Septemer 15-17 of 2006 to the 10th year anniversary of Peace Jam. It was the world's largest gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates outside of Oslo, Norway. This was an amazing experience, where I got to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias, Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala, the Dalai Lama from Tibet, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams of Ireland, Adolfo Esquivel of Latin America, Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timorese, and Shirin Ebadi of the Middle East all speak. These are some of those laureates that Jody works most closely with, and who she intends getting recipes from.
February 4, 2008 Journal Entry #2
February 4, 2008 Journal Entry #2
I have decided to change my topic. I realized that what I was most looking forward to in my first idea was creating and designing the cookbook. I love what I do in yearbook everyday, and that is designing templates for each spread. I choose where to put pictures, captions, copy, and choose colors to correspond. It's an art! ...called graphic design. I talked to my brother about it, and he came up with the idea to take a graphic design course over the summer at germanna. So, that's my plan. Later on, at dinner, I was telling my dad and step-mom about the new idea. I still needed a way to apply what I learned though. I had pondered about a way to incorporate it into my yearbook-ing next year, as editor - but my step-mom had an even better idea. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for banning landmines internationally. Her name is Jody Williams - and she's an amazing person. She, for years now, ahas had an interest in compiling recipes from all the living Nobel laureates to create an awesome cookbook with recipes from around the world. The only thing keeping her from it was the fact that she had no one to create it. So - the plan is as follows: Jody will contact all the laureates that she keeps in contact with about the idea. They will report back to her with their favorite recipes and how food is intertwined in their culture in that part of the world. She will forward to me all this information. I will take a course over the summer at Germanna Community College. Jody already has a company in mind that will publish the book. I will integrate my old and newly-learned graphic design skills and put together the entire book. I will correspond colors and themes to each area of the world. I will place a photo of the laureate, information about how food is connected to their specific culture, and the recipe. I will work to make it pleasing to the eye - and the most awesome international (and first-ever Nobel Peace laureate) cookbook ever created! I will learn about graphic design, AND the world... AND about these amazing people. The book will be sold via the Nobel Women's Initiative, which is a group of women Nobel laureates. Jody heads this organization. All the proceeds will go to that group. I'm excited !!!
January 28, 2008: Journal Entry #1
My first journal entry -- and I have so much to say! After a huge amount of thought, I've finally made my decision. I thought about becoming an EMT trainer, learning/instructing yoga, mastering photography, volunteering at the hospital or a pediatrician's office, learning about being a florist, a massage therapist, and involving myself with the situation in Darfur. I so serious considered volunteering at a hospital because I knew that it'd look great on a college application, especially if I chose to go into the medical field in the future. However, I realized that the senior exhibit is a great opportunity to "think outside the box" and learn about something completely separate from my future life-plan. I realized that I have my whole life ahead of me to focus on that one special career - and I don't need to do that now.
So, I chose a topic that will aid me in the future, that I enjoy, that others enjoy, that I will do for fun, and that I'm interested in learning a lot about. This topic is cooking. I plan to master the art of cooking. However, to do this - I need a game-plan.
- I will look through the seemingly millions of cookbooks that my parents have. I will pick out recipes that interest me and/or that I know I like. I will search online. I will prepare, alter, and serve (over the course of time) all of these recipes.
- I will compile a list of old family recipes, prepare them, alter them (or, maybe keep them the same!), and serve them.
- I will compile a list of old "tricks of the trade" that I have come across, or learned on my own. I will add to this list as I continue to cook different recipes.
- I will compile a list of terms that are often used in recipes (i.e. dredge, mince, glaze, scald, au jus, etc.)
- I will create a "basic etiquette" guide.
- I will attend local cooking classes over the summer, and apply the knowledge I learn.
- I will try a huge amount of recipes, serve them to my family and friends, learn techniques - and write down every bit of it.
- I will create and publish a cookbook through a company found online. Through this, I will integrate my passion for yearbook, design, and organization. I will use color and photography to personalize it.
- This cookbook will include all of the following:
- i. Tricks of the trade, rules to live by, helpful hints, clean-up tricks, etiquette guide, "how-to" guide
- ii. Table of Contents
- 1. Appetizers
- 2. Breakfast foods
- 3. Soups, salads, vegatables
- 4. Main dishes
- 5. Meat/Seafood
- 6. Desserts galore: cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, pies, ice-cream, etc.
- 7. Miscellaneous items
- iii. Index