Wednesday, April 28, 2010
There were 12 teams of 2 people competing. The main dish was duck. They could prepare it the way they wanted. They also had to prepare side dishes. The girls had decided to make a watercress salad and au gratin potatoes. Before they started, they were given a box with ingredients they had to incorporate into their recipes. Anisa's and Michelle's box had things like cherries, oranges, pine nuts, spices and other yummy things. They cooked, they sweat, they rushed, they sliced, diced and simmered. They had to prepare 2 plates for the judges. One plate was for show, the other was for the judges to eat.
After they had finished they turned in their food to be judged. After all the competitors turned in all their plates and the judges were done tallying they announced winners.
Anisa and Michelle came in 3rd!!!!!!! They asked the judges about what they liked/didn't like about the food, or presentation of the food. They got mostly positives, but the negative they got was about the oranges. The judges said they didn't know what to do with the oranges, were they decoration, dessert, what?? They said to incorporate them into one of the sides or main dish. The girls got medals and certificates. Anisa said she had so much fun that she's kind of leaning more toward a general culinary degree now, instead of baking and pastry. She's going to talk to the Master Chef and then her counselors to see what she should do. Crazy kid.
Here are the girls with their medals and their plates. :)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The history of the Cherry Blossoms goes like this... (copied from the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Website)
****The National Cherry Blossom Festival® annually commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrating the continued close relationship between our two cultures.
In a simple ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees from Japan on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. In 1915, the United States Government reciprocated with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. A group of American school children reenacted the initial planting in 1927 and the first "festival” was held in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the Nation’s Capital.
First Lady Lady Bird Johnson accepted 3,800 more trees in 1965. In 1981, the cycle of giving came full circle. Japanese horticulturists were given cuttings from our trees to replace some cherry trees in Japan which had been destroyed in a flood.
The Festival was expanded to two weeks in 1994 to accommodate a diverse activity schedule during the trees’ blooming. Today, more than a million people visit Washington, DC each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events that herald the beginning of spring in the Nation’s Capital.
The Festival looks forward to celebrating the centennial anniversary of the gift of trees in 2012 and is planning spectacular events to mark this historic and special occasion.***