My final project this semester was, in the most basic terms, a food diary. Each time I decided to tackle a tough recipe (or even an easy one) I would document it in some way. Being a member of the ds106 community, I tried to branch out from simple pictures and descriptions. I dabbled with video (and booze in my “Drunk Kitchen” episode) and attempted audio for a simple recipe of spaghetti and meatballs.
My inspiration came from my recent interest in cooking. Because I am graduating in less than 2 weeks (YIKES!) I thought it would be wise for me to learn to cook for myself so I wouldn’t be surviving on macaroni and cheese and ramen for the rest of my life. I’ve been dabbling with different recipes (taken from foodgawker.com–my Bible). It sounds kind of cheesy (no pun intended) but this process has really allowed me to grow up. I’m becoming more independent as I’m being pushed out of the birds nest into the real world. First cooking, then committing to a 4 week African adventure. But just because I’m growing up doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in my favorite childhood recipes.
This project tells a story through the progression of a senior’s last semester. I noticed my initial posts were more elaborate recipes and I put a lot of time into the editing. Now that the semester is ending, my time has been primarily devoted to my thesis (and finals–DUH), so the recipes have been easier and the editing has been less minimal. But then again, at the beginning of the semester I was less skilled with the software, so it felt like I spent a lot of time on it. Now, I feel so comfortable with it–so maybe it feels easier.