Getting Warmed Up (Wk 2)

For my first week of my #learningproject I decided to start with some snacks! I decided to make some spinach chips, which I had made before, and sweet potato chips, which were totally new to me. I had never cooked sweet potatoes before, but I didn’t really think it would be that hard! So I bought my spinach and my sweet potatoes and stuck them both in the crisper of my fridge. I went to my favourite place for recipes–Pinterest, and found a recipe for spinach chips and sweet potato chips. In the recipe for sweet potato chips, it said to use sea salt instead of regular salt, I think because sea salt is supposed to be better for your heart health and lower blood pressure. I decided to use regular salt because I have chronic low blood pressure and have been recommended to keep salt in my diet. 

About a week later I went to make my chips…and my sweet potato was rock hard. I googled it, and it turns out that you aren’t supposed to put sweet potatoes in the fridge, so away I went to get another one! This one was much easier to cut so me and my mandolin went to work. This was the first time I had used a mandolin so it took some practice to get my slices even but eventually I got the hang of it. I followed the instructions on the recipe and they turned out pretty good but some of them were sort of chewy in stead of crunchy. I think some of them needed to be cooked a bit longer but because the thickness wasn’t always consistent they needed different amounts of time to cook properly. 

I used my spinach chips recipe, which was similar to the one I used the first time (I think), and they turned out really well and are definitely my favourite out of the two. I doubled the recipe and made four cups of spinach instead because I liked them so much the last time I made them. 

In the future I can definitely see myself making both of these recipes again! They are both great to snack on and are more healthy than regular potato chips. I think this was a nice way to start my project because it was something I am sort of familiar with to get me more comfortable and trying out the stove in my new apartment! I am looking forward to my next cooking adventure!

 

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10 thoughts on “Getting Warmed Up (Wk 2)

  1. I am so excited for your project!! I love to cook myself and I remember the struggle of being a rookie in the kitchen. Many years later, I’d say I’m pretty confident. Here are my tips for you through this project:
    1. Don’t be afraid to be messy and mess up recipes! This is absolutely the most important part of learning to cook.
    2. Check out Frankie Celenza for all your Italian cooking needs.. he is hilarious and makes it so easy to follow along as he explains every step. Here’s his bolognese recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31UoHKpyWZw
    3. Company’s Coming has awesome recipes and if you’re into a real live cookbook, go for The Rookie Cook. You will not regret it!

    Cannot wait to see how far you progress! 🙂

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  2. This is a super great place to start your learning project! I did piano as my learning project and I also hit many roadblocks but in the end, I think I learned way more from doing so. Your blog post described your experiences very well and it was nice to see the pictures at the end! My one suggestion as you continue throughout your learning project is Katia loves when you use different resources to learn! With that, I know Pinterest is amazing, but it would be neat to see what other sites you can find to help you through your learning project! Awesome start, I am so excited to see what else you learn through this experience and the more awesome recipes you will share with us! Keep up the great work!

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    • For sure! I am sort of excited to see what happens when things don’t go well–I want to see how I will adapt and fix things in unfamiliar territory! Thanks for your feedback!

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  3. This is a great start for your learning project and your chip alternatives look super yummy! I am really excited to see how it goes next week! One thing that I might change is to add pictures throughout your blog post! This will break up the text and make your post a bit more dynamic. That being said, I love how you wrote your post, it was like a story and I was totally immersed!

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