I am really excited about the 20 percent project, because I really like the idea of learning through my interests. I have been bouncing between several ideas; one is food related and the other is a creative writing project. To start with the food; I am considering teaching myself how to make the Moroccan cookie "makrout." This is a cookie I grew eating, since my family on my father's side is from Morocco. While this treat is probably my favorite type of cookie , do to its rich and unique flavors; unfortunately, I have not eaten a makrout in over 5 years! Coming from a Morrocan family, I grew up surrounded by chefs (seriously, every Moroccan I know cooks) who made an abundance of Morrocan dishes and sweets like the makrout. My father still cooks many Moroccan meals for my family, however these deep fried date-filled honey soaked delicate makrout cookies no longer fill their aromas in our kitchen. The reason being because the women in our family were the ones who made the Moroccan sweets, and unfortunately they have all passed away. I would like to therefore try and learn to make the makrout cookie so that I can continue an old family tradition and hopefully pass it down to my future children.
The Macrout cookie, pronounced "Macrood" is a deep fried semolina flour based cookie with a date filling and drenched in honey.
My second idea for my 20 percent project is to start a mini creative writing project. I took a few creative writing classes in college with a teacher who was very excited about my writing. She urged me to further pursue creative writing after college and I was really excited about continuing my writing not necessarily as a career, but more as a hobby. Of course, summer in San Diego happened after I graduated, and I was at the beach all the time. Soon, I started working a lot and began gearing up for the credential program. After having completed many different pieces of creative work in college, I now think back to that teacher who wanted me to continue writing and cannot believe two years have already passed. In these two years, I haven't really done anything creative writing oriented! Therefore, I think making some sort of creative writing project apart of my 20% project could be really fun for me. The only issues I am having with this idea is how exactly I could do the writing. I am still trying to brainstorm this idea a bit further and could use suggestions! My style of writing is generally humor based commentary. I was considering making a book of silly and odd one liners about everyday life and compiling them together over the next 5 weeks. I was thinking my goal could be to try and write a sentence or two a day.
My Questions for making Makrouts:
1. Where will I find the recipes for the cookies?
2. What kinds of technologies could I use to learn the process?
3. What ingredients would I need?
4. Do I have the proper tools in the kitchen for this?
5. Should I expand the idea to learning how to make a few different Moroccan cookies?
6. How much time should I devote to making cookies every week?
7. How long will it actually take me to learn this cookie?
8. Where can I look up information about the origins of this cookie?
9. Who should test my cookies for authenticity?
10. How many variations are there of this cookie? (Pictures on the internet look different than the ones I grew up eating.)
My Questions for a Creative Writing Book:
1. Will I have the time to be writing everyday?
2. Should I make the writing into a book or something else?
3. Should I reach out to my past creative writing teacher for support?
4. What will get me back into the groove of writing everyday?
5. Will my stress from this program inhibit some of my creativity?
6. Should I create a routine time to write or just write when I think of something?
7. Should I do a little more research on creative writing projects? Where should I look?
8. If I am struggeling to come up with ten questions about this project, can I trust that I will have enough to write about everyday?