Making Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry!

Hi Everyone! As you can see from the title, I made a Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry! If you have never had it before, try it! The recipe is very easy to follow and it was delicious! When I decided to make this dish, I was very unsure of how it would turn out. I had never made my own sauce for any food before, so I was excited and nervous to try it. Also, this is the first time I am using my new chef’s knife! YAY! Before I get into the details of this experience, I am looking for more ideas of meals to cook, do you have any really good recipes?

After reading the recipe a few times, I made a grocery list and went shopping! For the vegetables, I used bell peppers and carrots. I wanted to continue practicing different cutting techniques with the carrots and I used a video on YouTube to teach me how to cut a pepper! I also learned how to mince garlic for this recipe! I followed a video from America’s Test Kitchen that taught the technique of mincing. The recipe also calls for minced ginger, however, I did not feel comfortable enough with the mincing technique, so I bought a small container of minced ginger. 

Now for the process of preparing!

First, I decided to prepare all the ingredients before starting. I watched the video linked above on how to cut bell peppers. I found the closest knife I had to the one they used in the video, and I followed along. I did not realize how easy it is to cut a pepper! I am glad I tried this and I will for sure be using this skill again.

After the peppers, I cut the carrots. This time around, I did not follow a video because I had learned how to cut them for my last post, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. The only difference is that instead of just slicing the carrots, I also made them into long strips. I followed the same video, How to Master Basic Knife Skills. In the video, they show this technique on a potato, but you can also do it on a carrot! I also learned that this type of cut is called a Batonnet cut! To see if I could find more resources on different types of cuts, I googled “Batonnet”. I came across a blog post by Petit World Citizen that explained different types of cuts! I also found that her entire blog is about living a healthy lifestyle and she shares many recipes!

Before moving on to the cooking stage, I finished preparing the ingredients. So after the peppers and carrots, I minced the garlic. It was surprisingly easy to learn how to mince! The only issue I had was that garlic is quite sticky and it kept sticking to the knife. I had to constantly wipe it off the knife in order to keep cutting it.

Now to start the sauce! As mentioned above, the recipe is very easy to follow. I combined the ingredients like the recipe says, and I learned one really cool thing about making sauces. I learned that if you add cornstarch and water, it helps to thicken the sauce! This amazed me! I am surprised that I didn’t know this!

After making the sauce, I put it aside and began the vegetables. I browned them, then steamed them to allow them to cook fully. Every time I have made stir fry in the past, I have always cooked the meat before the vegetables, but this recipe said to make the vegetables first, so I gave it a try. I think making it this way, allows the vegetables to get a bit of a crisp on the outside because they are the only items in the pan. After the vegetables were done, I put them in a bowl to the side.

Next was the meat. I cut it into small pieces and fried it. After the meat was done, I added the vegetables and sauce into the pan with the meat. I put a lid on the pan to allow the food to heat up. This is the final product!

This meal was amazing! I did not expect it to turn out so amazing! I am very proud of myself for cutting my own vegetables and mincing the garlic, I never imagined that I would make a stir fry without using frozen veggies.

As mentioned above, I am looking for more recipes! I am thinking that I might put together a recipe book! Let me know in the comments if you have any good recipes that I could try out!

Twitter in the Classroom

Hi Everyone! Hope everyone had a great long weekend, I know I did! I planted my garden, did some cleaning, and did homework. Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts about Twitter with you!

I have had a Twitter account since 2014. I had created an account for a student conference that I had attended. I used the account for the duration of the event and I haven’t used it since. I was never a fan of Twitter because I have a hard time shortening my thoughts and the limit was around 100 characters. I found it hard to post because of this limit, however, I am recently beginning to use it again for EDTC 300. My thoughts on Twitter have changed since I started using it again. I enjoy using it professionally to expand my PLN. It is an easy way to connect with educators all over the world and find useful tools and resources to use in the classroom.

One experience that my class introduced me to was Twitter live chats. As a class, we attended the #SaskEdChat on Thursday, May 14. At first, it was a bit confusing to follow, but I quickly got the hang of it and had so much fun! It moved extremely fast, especially with the number of participants, but I learned so much and connected with other educators. If you have the opportunity to participate in a live chat, I highly recommend it!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Hello Everyone!

Today is my first day of officially starting my learning project! YAY! As mentioned in my plan for this project, I wanted my first experience to be making homemade soup, in order to learn how to properly cut vegetables.

I started by watching some YouTube videos that I found. The first videos I watched are called “How to Master Basic Knife Skills – Knife Cuts 101” created by Chef Billy Parisi and “Culinary 411” created by Kroger Culinary 411. I used these videos to learn how to hold a chef’s knife and what to do with my other hand. Next, I watched Gordon Ramsay’s video, “How to Master 5 Basic Cooking Skills”. In this video, I learned how to cut an onion without it hurting my eyes. This skill was HUGE for me to learn, I never knew that there was a way to prevent my eyes from hurting! After learning to cut an onion, I wanted to learn different ways to prepare garlic. I used Jamie Oliver’s video “Jamie Oliver talks you through preparing garlic”.

After watching these videos, I began preparing my soup!

Step 1:

I put on the Gordon Ramsay video mentioned above, grabbed my onion and my knife, and began the process. I finely chopped half of the onion to use while cooking the chicken.

Step 2:

I grabbed a clove of garlic and began to prepare it. I finely chopped the garlic using the same technique as the onion.

Step 3:

I put the chicken, onion, and garlic in my Instant Pot. If you don’t have one of these, I highly recommend getting one! Check out their website to see their products! I let the chicken cook for 40 minutes, then I took it out and used two forks to tear it apart.

Step 4:

I went to grab vegetables and realized that I only had carrots and frozen vegetable mixes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to practice using my knife with a bunch of different vegetables, however, I did get to cut the carrots. During this process, I realized that the knife I was using, was not a chef’s knife. I am not sure what kind of knife it is, however, it was not cutting straight and I could not figure out how to fix it.

Step 5: I boiled the vegetables in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes and then added the chicken. I used the saute setting on the Instant Pot, this setting allows the pot to stay hot without the lid on. It is easy to add ingredients and stir the soup this way.

Step 6:

I added spaghetti and let the soup bowl for 10-15 minutes to allow the noodles to cook.

Step 7:

Taste test! The soup tasted really good! However, I noticed that there was a flavour missing, I added pepper and seasoning salt. This seemed to add a bit of a kick to the soup, and I was very happy with the results.

Overall, this process was a learning experience for me. I now know how to finely chop onions and garlic. Both of these processes are going to be very useful for me in other recipes because I love the flavours they provide. After realizing that the knife I have is not a chef’s knife, I went on an adventure to Canadian Tire to purchase one!

My next steps for this project are to find some articles that explain cooking terms and then choose a recipe that allows me to practice one or two of the techniques in the articles. I am looking forward to trying out my new chef’s knife as well as getting to cook and eat more food!

Looking Ahead in 2020

With everything going on in the world during 2020, a lot of people are left with one major question: What does the future bring? This question is especially important in the world of Education. Many teachers are uncertain as to what will be asked of them in the coming school year. The future of the coming school year will depend on how the virus spreads in the coming months. With the plan to reopen the province, the uncertainty of how the virus could spread is greater than ever. Also, with universities committing to online learning in the fall, elementary and high schools are still left in the dark.

Online learning is not ideal in grade school for many reasons. The main reason is that not every student will have access to the tools they need to succeed. In order to make online learning successful in the coming year, there would need to be a way to provide those supports; whether it be SaskTel offering free wifi to those who need it, or allowing students to come into the schools in reduced numbers. Talking to a few teachers about what could possibly happen for the 2020/2021 school year, I have heard multiple different projections and I am unsure of which is most plausible. Some teachers think that the new school year will start online, which could be harmful to the students learning and success. Other teachers think that there is a possibility of going back into the schools but still delivering online learning or having students come in small groups on a rotating schedule. Considering the situation for some students, I think that having the students go into the schools on a rotating schedule is probably the best option for student success, however, that is also the best-case scenario, given the situation. I think there is a strong likelihood that the semester will begin online in the hopes of minimizing the number of cases in the second wave.

Looking into the future, education in 2025 could look very different. I think that teachers may move more of their classes to be based on technology rather than paper. Many teachers have been working towards using less paper but didn’t know how to use the technology to replace it. With teachers now using technology, it may have a stronger presence in the classrooms, when we are allowed back. There is a chance that education could be similar to the way it was, except teachers and students would have more knowledge and appreciation for technology and learning in general.

Learning to Cook: Introduction!

For my EDTC 300 learning project, I wanted to focus on learning something that would be useful for me in everyday life. Thinking about the things I do on a daily basis, I came up with cooking! I love eating food, but I only know how to cook about 5 different foods and I don’t know any of the techniques you see on the cooking shows. For my project, I am going to learn about some cooking techniques through various sources. I will practice these techniques in multiple recipes that I will cook and eat. 🙂

Where I am at right now:

I do not know any cooking techniques or tricks, I’m not even sure how to sauté something! I know how to cook chicken 2 different ways, I can make spaghetti and ground beef (I want to learn how to make meatballs, but I don’t know how yet), and I know how to make sausage. Sure, if I followed a recipe, I am sure I could learn new dishes, however, I don’t understand a lot of the lingo. During the process of learning techniques, I will also be learning some of the cooking terms.

My Plan:

I have done some research and came up with a list of resources that I would like to use throughout my project. I will put the links to these resources in the blog posts they are connected to. Since cooking is something I do almost every day, I plan on practicing the techniques every time I cook and I plan on blogging my progress after each meal. I will also share the recipes and a review of how it tastes on the blog posts for those who wish to try them out!

One of the first foods I want to make is Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch. For this, I will not be using a recipe, just my knowledge of what goes into the soup. I have made this before and the reason I am going to be making it for this project is to practice different cutting techniques.

Goal:

By the end of this semester, I hope to have a better understanding of how to cook a variety of dishes using proper techniques. I also hope to learn a few tips and tricks that make cooking easier (ex. Cutting an onion without feeling like my eyes are going to pop out). I am very excited to get started on this project and I can’t wait to eat all the food I am going to be cooking!

Introducing Me!

Hi there everyone! My name is Celine Miskolczi, I am 20 years old and I will be going into my fourth year of Arts Education in fall 2020, hopefully doing my Internship! My journey to becoming a teacher actually started when I was in elementary school. I spent countless hours at the school with my Mom outside of school hours. I got to see, first-hand, all the extra work and money teachers put into their classrooms and lessons for years before I decided I wanted to go into education.

I wanted to share a few fun facts about myself so that you can get to know me a bit!

Fact #1 – I have a cat named Cheddar. I adopted her from Excalipurr Cat Cafe on March 26, 2019. Here are two adorable pictures of her

Fact #2 – I grew up in a very small town near Humboldt, Saskatchewan, called Englefeld. The population is around 300 people and there is a town event every year called Hogfest. This event usually brings more than double the population to the town to celebrate.

Fact #3 – I have my Fireworks Operator Display Assistant Certificate. This means that I can assist in the shooting of fireworks that are much larger than the ones you can buy in stores. I have to work under a supervisor, however, one day I hope to get my license to be a supervisor.

Fact #4 – My mom and older sister are both teachers, and my younger sister and I are in the process of becoming teachers as well. We are a family of teachers 🙂

When it comes to technology, I like to think I know a lot because my Dad is an IT, and I have had him explain many different technical aspects to me. That being said, most of the things he explained were only to help me fix something that I could not. Using technology for education is something I have never explored. Until recently, I never thought too much about technology because, in the arts, the traditional way is using physical materials such as paper rather than drawing on the computer. I have considered the possibilities of Photoshop and other apps for use in my future classroom, but I have never actually used them in an educational context. I never considered social media as a way to connect with students, but apps like Twitter make sense to use.  I have had my Twitter account for around seven years and never figured out how to properly use it, so I am excited to learn! Feel free to follow along on my journey of learning Twitter!

Thinking about this class, I am not super excited to blog a lot. I have always struggled to remember to write a blog post or I have a hard time organizing my thoughts into a coherent post. I really enjoy sharing my thoughts though, so I want to figure out a way to make blogging more manageable by setting time aside to actually write a thoughtful post. If I can successfully follow a schedule, I am sure I will enjoy blogging a lot more than I normally do, especially with the learning project.