As of Wednesday, I have completed my 6th gluten-free creation, a lemon meringue pie. This was by far the most challenging of the recipes that I have completed as the crust was extremely hard to perfect, due to both the gluten-free ingredients, and some pie crusts are prone to crumbling. This did not hinder the progress, but instead led to a very well-made pie, with a nice crust and delicious lemon pie filling (pictures below).
1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
My mentor allows me to take on scenarios head on, watching for anything that may mess up the recipe, but allowing for some trial and error. This has taught me how some ingredients don’t work well together, why you shouldn’t put wet and dry in the same bowl, and other useful cooking strategies. Another useful way for me to learn is by allowing me to find and use recipes rather than have prepared and proven ones already laid out.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
We could recap our product after each session, and reflect on what we did right, and what needed improvement. This would allow for a fuller understanding of what we have accomplished, and how we could do better the following time.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
We could prepare the recipes ahead of time to better suit my learning, but I believe that having first hand experience of choosing a recipe is more beneficial as it grants me the abilities over time effectively rather than quickly.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
The main subject that we discuss, besides when we are baking, is how to improve, adapt, or find ways around the current recipe. This includes changing the amounts of ingredients such as eggs to change the thickness of the food, as well as adding milk to increase the smoothness of the item.
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
We are very efficient when working in the kitchen, usually finishing 30 minute recipes in 25 or less. Our ability to do multiple sections of the recipe at once allows us to not get stuck watching the other, but be involved in making something that we can both enjoy in the future.
6. What are you learning about one another?
I am learning that she is a very kind, generous and very cooking-smart person who can do much more than just bake or play the piano. She has shown me how to do things, like removing an egg white, that I would have messed up so much in years past that I can now do with accuracy and confidence. When I first began the mentor ship lessons, I wanted to give back, as we were using her time and ingredients, but all that she said she would require is the occasional ingredient that she did not have, and a quick brochure draft for her upcoming piano recital.