I started organising a club activity this month.

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Oct 28, 2018 00:22 schoolactivities
I started organising a club activity this month. I named that club "甘党クラブ" which means "A club for those who have a sweet tooth" in English. I'm working at a correspondence school and there are many other campuses which are competing to show better performance than the other campuses. The S campus I am working at is still kind of new and small. I believe that suggesting attractive activities is also one of my duties there.
At the beginning of this month, I demonstrated at an open house how to bake chocolate scones. During the event, the participants asked me when the next event will be held and what they can expect to eat. Then, I scheduled, "A dark pizza meeting" for the 30th of November and "An easy recipe for those who have a sweet tooth part 2" for the 13th of December, the latter one as an club activity and also an open house.
Last Friday, my boss and I, we are only two staff members at the S campus, attended a casual party with some close teachers including two deputy principals. A teacher brought up the topic of our cooking club. I just sent mails to inform those events to the whole school.
One of the deputy principals was curious for my suggestions. He asked me, "Why are you going to teach how to bake pizzas? I don't believe it is easy. I once baked pizzas on Christmas to please my family, but it costed unbelievably."
His words were unbelievably for me. I asked him back, "What ingredients did you use? Did you buy the frozen pizza plates at a supermarket and put some fancy stuff on them? I believe that baking pizzas is very cheap following some recipes I know."
He answered, "I made its dough from other bread dough. Actually my father runs a bakery."
I didn't want to question the authority of his father or of himself, so I just said, "I just know some easy recipes in which you can make pizzas or cakes at an efficiently low cost. If it's possible, please come join our activity. I'll be glad to show you how to."
I think that he is dropping into the same trap in which many people are captured: "If you want to do/make X, you MUST have Y, so pay for that!"
You don't have to pay, because Y, certainly in many cases, can be omitted. I've heard many variants of this phrase for X and Y, rice and a rice cooker, anko in Germany and real anko paste imported from Japan, miso soup in Scotland and the raw materials of miso that must be brought from a Japanese tourist in return for a home stay, a yukata and a proper kimono detergent, etc.. My examples are mostly from the requests to Japanese culture, maybe that's because I am a Japanese person.
I know two recipes for pizzas, one without eggs and the other without yeast. If you must buy some specific ingredients which are expensive or hard to get, you may give up making that food you want to eat and just buy them at a supermarket or eat in a restaurant. I want to give my students a tip: You can find everything in your kitchen.
So, I wouldn't suggest a recipe that requires expensive stuff.
When I was little, I didn't know how to cook. I didn't have money, but if I had had some, I wouldn't have gone to a supermarket, because I lived in a very rural area. There were no shops around there. I don't say I was always hungry, but I really wanted to learn how to cook. My family was working so hard that they didn't have enough time to spend with us. One of my aunts gave me a cooking book, but it was disappointing that in that book there were too many ingredients which I couldn't buy. I wondered why the authors couldn't imagine of the readers who couldn't buy a big block of butter or eggs only to consume for children's treat. Many family couldn't afford that, I thought. This was my story, but I believe there are still many children who have the similar stories like that. If you ever know how to cook with what you can find in your house, you wouldn't starve.
12月13日、「甘党のためのかんたんレシピ part 2」を予定しています。