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09:01 pm: Time management
I started out the day getting another surprise assignment to help out the teacher next to me: correcting (and on occasion translating) the New Year's Resolutions for 200 students.

I spent the rest of my available free time continuing to work on a cro-tat doily. I want to get it done in time to include it as a potential reward for the students who have consistently been turning in journal entries in my small senior class (which meets for the last time on Thursday). I had earlier asked the students what they might want as rewards, but they had absolutely no ideas, so I thought I'd bring a selection of small items and let them choose.

I also wanted to mention the Urawaza Cooking recipe for five minute bread roll dough that aired last week. The dough is ready to bake in five minutes because it substitutes silken tofu for yeast, and thus doesn't need to rise. (It puffs up while baking.) It can be eaten plain, but the selling point is that the mild flavor goes well with a variety of toppings (if you make it like pizza) or fillings (if you wrap it like a calzone).

  • 100g (about 1/3 package) silken tofu
  • 200g (2 cups) bread flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 T oil

    In a bowl, break up the tofu, then dump in all the other ingredients and mix with your hand, first ruffling it with your fingers and then kneading until it forms a dough. Break into the desired size and shape on a floured surface, adding toppings or fillings. Bake for 15-20 minutes. (It doesn't specify a temperature, but probably 350° or so would work.) You can coat with beaten egg before baking if desired to make the surface shine.

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    From:megory
    Date:January 18th, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)

    I can hardly wait to try it!

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    That recipe and the pictures and the variety of ways to fix this look great!

    It'll be fun thinking of more combinations for toppings or fillings, too.

    Is the cro-tat difficult? I remember the booklet showed gorgeous pictures.

    Lucky students! I don't give my students anything but bragging rights when they do well.


    I'm the world's slowest grader. There's no way I'd get large classes of papers done in a short time like you do. How amazing.

    Love, Mom
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:January 18th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)

    Re: I can hardly wait to try it!

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    Is the cro-tat difficult?

    For the most part, not really. It's just that every so often you have to pull the yarn through a whole row of loops on your hook (like 34 at a time). It's bad enough that the loops are rather tight and it's hard to get the hook through. If the yarn strands are at all prone to separating, this can be nightmarish.

    There's no way I'd get large classes of papers done in a short time like you do.

    Well, in this case, most students only wrote one or two sentences. So it wasn't really as much as it sounds.

    The teacher who gave the assignment had originally just intended to give each student a check for writing something, but the students specifically requested to have their English corrected. She said that, if she had known it would turn into such a big project, she wouldn't have given the assignment.
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:January 18th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)

    Re: I can hardly wait to try it!

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    I finally finished! Here's a picture:
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