In-Depth #6

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.” – Curnonsky With the In-Depth project gradually coming to a close, I used this time to perfect and expand upon all the skills I accumulated over the course of this project. Working on the seasoning of the maqluba, the cutting techniques of […]

In-Depth #5

“Real cultural diversity results from the interchange of ideas, products, and influences, not from the insular development of a single national style.” – Tyler Cowan This week I went back to making tabbouleh, working on my portioning and balancing of ingredients using eyeballing over exact measurements, a skill my mentor has perfected. What she showed […]

In-Depth #4

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne Over spring break my mentor and I decided to try something new with our baklava recipe. Instead of just the classic nut filling, we made a cream to put inside and decorated it […]

Soft Paths – Principles and Applications

“Soft Paths” principles from the NOLS book… Rules vs. Judgement  As T.A.L.O.N.S. students, we’ve been taught about caring for the land since the beginning of the year. What we haven’t been given a strict list of rules to follow whenever we go out on a trip. The NOLS Soft Paths book says that they don’t […]

In-Depth #3

This time, I focused more on plating and presentation of meals. I researched about food plating and presentation, finding some helpful websites such as one with the top 10 plating tips from chefs. “I’m into very colourful food. Obviously lots of flavour, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to […]

In-Depth #2

At about 2 weeks in to my In-Depth project I’ve met with my mentor and prepared the three course meal I planned to. One weekend, we spent a day together and cooked all three Iraqi dishes: Dish 1: Appetizer The appetizer I made is called ‘tabbouleh,’ a type of Arab salad made predominantly of parsley. […]

In-Depth #1

My Chosen Skill: I have chosen to learn Iraqi cuisine as my skill. I will be learning how to make traditional Iraqi dishes, an appetizer, main and dessert. Along with this I’ll be learning and perfecting some culinary skills, such as different knife techniques and alike. Why Have I Chosen To Learn This Skill?:  I […]

John Maxwell – The 360° Leader

John Maxwell covered many leadership centered topics that could all be tied back to the T.A.L.O.N.S. program. But some ideas I found were more related, and could help those currently in T.A.L.O.N.S. and those who will be joining. T.A.L.O.N.S. is a program of independent, bright leaders. Enter the Tension Challenge. Tension Challenge  John Maxwell explains […]