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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
- TITLE: Home Economics
By Terrie Ellington
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Standing outside her home economics classroom door, Ms. Godly hurries the stragglers who are about to be late to class. “Hurry in and take your seats, we’re going to need every bit of the two hours allotted for class today.”
Tonya scurries by Ms. Godly asking, “What we do’in today that’s gon take up so much time?”
Closing the door as she enters the classroom, Ms. Godly answers, “We’re going to bake a cake, but first we will taste each ingredient.”
Furrowing her brow as she takes her seat, Tonya blurts, “What?” Not waiting for Ms. Godly to answer, Tonya continues, “That’s gon be nasty. I ain’t tast’in no sugar n stuff by itself.”
Patiently, Ms. Godly responds, “It’s part of your final grade for baking class, and without it you won’t pass.”
“Awe Ms. Godly, that’s not fair.” Tonya grumbles as the rest of the class chimes in with their complaints.
“Yeah, that might make us sick.” Robert grumbles, adding fuel to the fire as the other students hurriedly agree.
Feigning shock, Ms. Godly clasps her hand over her mouth questioning, “Whaaaat? Y’all scared of a little flour and sugar?”
Grinning broadly as he raises his hand, Calvin offers, “I ain’t scared Ms. Godly and I’ll be the first taste tester.” The rest of the class applauds at his bravado.
“Thanks Calvin. For that you can come up front and help me get started.” Ms. Godly encourages him, and to the rest of the class, “If anyone else is willing to help with the tasting, come on up too.”
To her surprise, every student comes up; including the one who started all the negativity; Tonya. Surrounding the counter at the front of the class, each student suspiciously eyes the items on the counter already neatly separated in bowls.
“What kind of cake are we making Ms. Godly?” Calvin asks.
“It’s a pound cake Calvin.” she answers as she holds up her hand to stop the chatter amongst the students so she could explain what they are to do.
“Ok everyone; here’s what I need you to do. Each of you is to take a teaspoon and dip the tip of it in each ingredient getting just enough to cover the tip. Place the ingredient in the small medicine cups and taste it. Do not taste with your spoon because it will be used again to get more ingredients. Does everyone understand?”
“Yeah, we understand Ms. Godly. No double dipping.” Tonya quipped sarcastically causing rumbles of laughter from the other students.
Smiling at Tonya, “Nicely put Tonya. That’s exactly what I’m saying.” Addressing the rest of the class, Ms. Godly continues to explain, “Okay, class, we’ll taste six of the seven ingredients excluding the eggs.” Pointing to each ingredient as she names it, “We have flour, butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla and lemon flavorings. As you taste each one, give it a thumbs up if you like it or a thumbs down if you don’t like it. Start here on this end with the flour and work your way down the counter to each ingredient. Calvin start us off.”
As the students tasted each ingredient a raucous chorus of “Yuk” “Nasty” “Disgusting” “gag me” and all thumbs down ensued. “The sugar’s even nasty.” Tonya grumbled.
“Okay, Ms. Godly, it’s your turn. I started and you get to finish.” The class is quiet as Ms. Godly picks up her spoon and begins with the flour. Quietly she tastes each ingredient only frowning and wrinkling her nose to indicate how distasteful they are. The students laugh heartily at her discomfiture.
As she tastes each ingredient, she gives a thumbs down signal. “Told ya, Ms. Godly. Told ya.” Tonya exclaims loudly as the other students laugh.
Well, it looks like we’re all in agreement that separately these ingredients are pretty distasteful, but let’s mix them all together to see what they taste like.
Ms. Godly combines all the ingredients in a bowl and beats them for three minutes before turning the mixer off. The batter looks smooth and creamy.
“Okay everyone grab a clean spoon and get just a little batter to taste.”
While tasting the batter a chorus of, “mmmm delicious.” could be heard throughout the classroom.
“Ms. Godly,” Calvin calls, “Isn’t it amazing how all those nasty things can come together and make something so delicious? It kinda reminds me of a Bible verse we discussed in Sunday school yesterday talking about all things working together for good.”
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