15 November 2012

My Bread Diaries Homework


Hello reader,

For just under a week now I have been completing  something called "The Bread Diaries". This is a homework project which I was given by my school tied in with our science and our topic work. Our science was micro-organisms and our topic was world war II. The idea of this project was to keep some slightly damp bread in seal-able (and disposable) containers which were transparent and keep them in 7 different locations in our house and garage/shed. We would keep a diary for a little while describing what the bread looked like in the different areas.  This diary could be in any form we liked from photos to power-points. I chose to do a spreadsheet which can be found below. The seven areas we had to put our bread in were: fridge , freezer, a warm,damp place (bathroom), a cold damp place ( garage ), a warm dry place (next to boiler), a cooler dry place (Mum and Dads bedroom)and a dark cupboard (in hallway drawer).I hope you enjoy my science experiment and be inspired by the excitement of it!!! :)

If this spreadsheet does not work properly please click here.


My conclusion is that the bread in the cold places have been preserved more than the ones in the warm areas. The one that has been preserved the most is the one in the freezer and the one that has been preserved the least is the one in Mum and Dads room. I think the reason for this is the temperature. In the freezer it is doing exactly that. Freezing it. By "freezing" this  can mean both making something cold but also stopping something. The "freezer" stops bacteria and un-friendy micro-organisms from growing in the bread. Whereas in the warm areas there is no way of "freezing" the bread. This is illustrated in the picture below, where I have arranged the bread roughly in order of temperature which matches the order of the mouldiness. This project has been very fun and exiting to do and I have learned quite a bit. :D

16 June 2012

Chili Recipe

Hi, I have been cooking with my Mum and I have found out a recipe for you. It makes a delicious chilli I hope you enjoy.

                                                                  Chilli Recipe

1.)Gently warm oil in pan
2.)Chop 1 large onion or 2 small ones
3.)Put onions in pan until golden brown
4.)Chop a red pepper (if you don't have red use another colour but red is best)
5.)Put in pan until soft
6.)Add the mince,beef or lamb to the pan to golden brown
7.)Fry mince,onions and peppers
8.)Meanwhile rinse can of kidney beans
9.)Get some canned chopped tomatoes ready
10.)Put the chopped tomatoes in the pan
11.)Mix with spoon
12.)Put chilli con carne recipe mix in pan
13.)Put one cube of oxo beef in pan
14.)Add some water if it looks a bit dry
15.)Put a sprinkle of crushed chilli in (if you want it spicier)
16.)Put kidney beans in
17.)Mix with spoon
18.)Simmer for 20 mins but keep stirring ocasionally
19.)(optional) get rice ready in a cup/mug
20.)Put rice in a clean sieve
21.)Wash under running water until the water coming out of the bottom is clear
22.)Get pan with lid ready
23.)Boil kettle
24.)Put a tiny drop of oil in pan
25.)Add one teaspoon of salt to pan
26.)Put washed rice in pan with oil and salt and stir
27.)Put two cups/mugs of boiling water from the kettle in pan
28.)Bring to  boil, turn down low and put on lid
29.)Stir after 5 mins then put lid back on for 5 more mins, fork through before serving
30.)(optional at same time as rice) warm oven gas mark 6
31.)Put garlic bread in for 16-18 mins
32.)Set the table
33.)Once you have set the table slice the garlic bread, put it on a cutting board and put it on the table.
34.) Dish up the rice around the edge of a plate and put the chilli in the middle

11 March 2012

How to make a quiz pass-the-parcel

How to make a quiz pass-the-parcel easily
1.)Think up a theme for your pass the parcel depending on what occasion your making it for
2.)Do some research on that theme and make some questions up about it (you could find an on-line quiz to copy)
3.)Cut some paper into  rectangles and write your questions on them (maybe stick a picture to the top of them linked to the question to make it more interesting
4.)Gather up a range of tasty in-date sweets
5.)Buy a prize for the middle of your pass-the-parcel for the winner
6.)Get together some wrapping paper or old newspaper to wrap the layers in
7.)Cut out a biggish piece of paper and put your prize on it
8.)Use some sellotape to stick the paper around the prize to keep away prying eyes
9.)Stick the last question on the top once you have wrapped it up
10.)Do the same for every layer except with sweets this time
11.)Find some nice music to use
12.)Have fun with your friends and family playing pass the parcel!
P.S:You could give your quiz pass the parcel a twist by changing the rules! :)