Learning to cook a decent meal

This has been a little bit of a cheat because I was already working on this before I heard of Look Wider. However I won’t use my past dishes in this work.

So I spent an hour today preparing a meal of meatball sandwiches with salad. It was more posh than that sounds. I made the meatballs out of minced beef, put basil in there too. I made the salas as well, I stoned an avacardo for the first time. Drizzled olive oil on stuff, used red wine vinegar. The sandwiches even had cartoon cheese in it! (Jarlsberg if you want the real name) But we (James was involved in the preparation as well) cooked too much olive ciabatta and couldn’t finish. Oh well. I learnt how to cook mince beef as meatballs. That’s real enough for me. 1 down, 11 to go.


The Plan

I feel like a Brownie again! Not that I worked that hard towards badges back then. Looking at my badge book this morning I’m suprised how few badges I did! I guess I didn’t understand the interest in learning new things when I was 8. I did learn to play chess though. I don’t think I would know how to play that if it wasn’t for Brownies.

Anyhow, I’ve recently stumbled across the Look Wider program for the Senior Section of guiding. I’m 21, fall straight into the Senior Section age range, but I’m unaware of any units near me. So it made me wonder whether I needed a unit. I understand the value of the support given, but I can also find that through the Internet. So I thought through the Internet I would document my success with Look Wider.

For those not in the know, Look Wider is a program that looks at learning new things and starting new experiences. These should fall into one of eight octants: Personal Values, Community Action, Creativity, Fit for Life, Out of Doors, Independent Living, Leadership and International. The experiences have three phases, the first phase is to try three different activities and get a taste of what they are. The second phase is to take one activity further and dome for 12 hours. Although it doesn’t have to be at once! And it doesn’t even need to be something tried in phase one. Then phase three is to take on a long-term challenge, something that either takes 30 hours, or 20 hours while gaining a qualification. 

So… there’s so much to do I don’t know where to start!

Well, here is my initial list of what I could do for these octants and these phases:

Personal Values:

Phase 1: Donate blood

Phase 1:

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

Community Actions:

Phase 1:

Phase 1:

Phase 1:

Phase 2: Summer Reading Scheme at local Library

Phase 3: Volunteering at Hospital mobile library


Phase 1: Understand painting through Art Academy game

Phase 1: Look into modern poetry and try my own

Phase 1: Possibly Knitting

Phase 2: Possibly Knitting squares for Keep an Aids child warm Charity.

Phase 3: Paint, watercolours or acrylic, an observation onto canvas.

Fit for Life:

Phase 1: Climbing

Phase 1: Learning about healthy diets and planning healthy meals for a week

Phase 1:

Phase 2: Cycling? Possibly cycling at new locations for out-of-doors instead

Phase 3: Climbing level 1 qualification

Out of Doors:

Phase 1: Grow some herbs or vegetables.

Phase 1:

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

Independent Living:

Phase 1: Budget for renting a flat

Phase 1: Start a pension

Phase 1:

Phase 2: Learning to cook a range of proper meals

Phase 3:


Phase 1: Run a nature walk with Brownies

Phase 1: Organize coach for London Zoo trip

Phase 1:

Phase 2: Create a unit website with input from Brownies

Phase 3: Gain Pack Holiday Qualification


Phase 1: Start a new pen pal exchange through Guiding website

Phase 1:

Phase 1:

Phase 2: Re visit French language and expand on current ability

Phase 3:

I’ve thought hard about these, can’t think of anything more right now though. Any ideas are more than welcome in comments.

Independent Living is hard, I’ve heard a lot of people learn to drive for this, but I completed that last year! And this project is about moving myself forward so I won’t be doing any back-dating. Plus I never went to university and don’t plan to either. Although if I ever start my CILIP qualification I may use that.

Also, I hope art academy counts! I haven’t played it yet, and previously studying art at foundation diploma level I guess I will be able to tell if it is appropriate. Painting is a new experience for me, by the way, I mostly did computer graphics and cartoon illustration.

So this is what I plan to work towards over the next year or so. Maybe I’ll learn some new skills that I can pass on to the Brownies.