Student Reflection - Livvy
Looking back on everything, I think Team Buddha did pretty well! We are a good team as we work together effectively and that resulted in a delicious outcome. Our planning got very excitable at some points, especially when the decision was made to do a have a theme to our chemistry cooking. Our final recipes were decided pretty early and we all did our fair share in researching and defining the chemistry involved.
It was so exciting planning our recipe and I really enjoyed working with the rest of my team, and although our secret keeping abilities could be improved, it was a lot of fun.
My chemistry understanding was okay, I think, and the rest of my team were pretty clear on it as well, as far as I can see. We could all define what recipes were homogenous/heterogeneous and we all had a pretty clear understanding on the state changes in our dishes and the particle movements.
Responsibilities weren’t hard to decide, it was pretty much a matter of who wanted to do what and it seemed to work out well, especially as there were necessary numbers of team members on each dish.
Our theme of Indian resulted in a delicious meal of Samosas for an entree, followed by tikka masala, roti and rice, with a mango lassi on the side. The mango lassi was the perfect milky sweet substance to calm your mouth from the spice of samosa, and the tikka masala could only be eaten smothered in roti and topped with rice. It was overall very enjoyable as you can probably tell.
I did some of the preparation for the tikka masala and made the roti, which I hope was a success :)
I made roti because it was a homogenous mixture and had several state changes in it. The rice has a chemical change when you cook it, the tikka masala is a homogenous and heterogeneous mixture that has a chemical change in the chicken, the samosas were similar, with state changes and the mango lassi had some interesting particle movements.
I think one of the hardest working people in our group was Emma, as she was basically the only reason that everyone remembered the ingredients, ( woe betide any unfortunate soul who forgot! ) she was organising everyone and helping with everything.
I think it was a very valuable experience because being a hands on activity, everyone learnt not just about chemistry, but cooking skills, organisation, time management and leadership. I personally really enjoyed it, although for next time I think better organisation of time and space would have been valuable and maybe a little more cooking experience for some of our group members!
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