Reflection of ENC2210: Technical Communication

Throughout the course of ENC2210, I learned plenty, not only about myself, but how to better my professional writing. Within these six weeks, I learned more about audience, the use of visuals, ethics, readability and usability when creating different documents. I am now able to different and appeal to certain audiences, based on the document. I enjoyed many assignments. However, I was challenged in one specific writing assignment, which was the technical definition. Mainly because I thought was able to separate the document between two different audiences.

One aspect that I love most about the class was the fact that Ms. Pratt kept everyone engaged and allowed us many chances to work in groups. There was not anything that I did not like, because the class really informational and there were several things that I took away from it. If there were something that I could change about the class would be, nothing. I say this because each component of the class was perfect as it was. Nothing was too hard or too easy.

The most important thing that I learned was to appeal to your audience and use of ethics, logos, and/or pathos. I realized through peer review that sometimes, my audience was not specific. I also realized that depending on your document, the language used must be tailored towards your audience. For instance, if you are writing a technical document, your use of diction must match your audience and readers’ knowledge. Also, when you have only a general consensus about your audience’s background, you need to decide whether your document should be highly technical, semi technical, or nontechnical.

This class was extremely helpful! For instance, I know how to apply different components in  a document to either appeal the audience. Not only that but, certain documents require specific information to will make sense of your document. Overall, I learned on how to write a memo and a professional email. One important that I will definitely take away from this class is being able to write a cover letter and tailoring it to the job description and the person that I am writing it to.

How to Make Haitian Pikliz and Fried Plantains

Haitian cuisine typically consists of hot and spicy food, which sets us apart from the “Caribbean Cuisine” aspect. For instance, Pikliz is a spicy side dish that can be served with any and every meal. Many call it the “Haitian version of hot sauce.” However, it is typically served with Griot, a famous Haitian dish that consists of fried pork and/or chicken, salad, and fried plantains. Here in America, Pikliz is known as “spicy pickled slaw or spicy coleslaw.” Now, be sure to make the pikliz at least 24 hours in advance before making the plantains. Letting your pikliz marinate overnight will allow it to be more appetizing and flavorful. Fried plantains, also known as, Bannann Peze in the Haitian culture, is a common feature with Haitian meals. Both side dishes are easy to make and really delicious. Once you get a taste of pikliz and bannann peze, you will crave more!

Pikliz (Spicy Pickled Slaw)

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Figure 1. Ingredients cut and ready to be mixed.

Serves: 4+ people

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of red cabbage shredded/sliced
  • 1 ½ cup of shredded/sliced carrots
  • 1 ½ cup of shredded/sliced cabbage
  • ¼ cup of onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup of bell peppers (whichever color your prefer)
  • 1 shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 4 large habaneros/ scotch bonnet peppers (cut 1 in half and thinly slice the other 3)
  • 4-6 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ lime juice
  • 3 cups of vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 10-15 peppercorns (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of adobe seasoning (optional)

    Figure 2. Pikliz in a jar.
    Figure 2. Pikliz in a jar.
  • 1 pair of tongs to mix ingredients

* Grater is optional if you do not want to cut and slice the ingredients yourself using a knife.

* In your local grocery store, you may find prepackaged coleslaw; try to use at least 3-4 1/2 cups.

* Storage: 1 jar (32oz and up)

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, onions, shallots, bell peppers and the habaneros peppers together.
  2. Next, pour in the vinegar and lime juice and mix with the tongs.
  3. Season with salt and adobe seasoning, if you choose to use the adobe seasoning.
  4. Then add ingredients in a jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours before eating.

Don’t forget to pour the remaining juice from the bowl into the jar.

  • The flavors of the ingredients will marinate really well.
  • It can last up to weeks or even a month, but the longer it is refrigerated, the sour it gets and loses it spicy touch.

*Tip: Use fewer peppers for mild spicy slaw

Bannan Peze (Fried Green/Sweet Plantains

Serves: 2+ people

Figure 3. Plantains cut and pressed.
Figure 3. Plantains cut and pressed.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 green or sweet plantains
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Plantain presser
  • Paper towels
    • If you do not have one, use a spatula or the bottom of a bowl

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil on medium heat in either a frying pan or deep fryer.
  2. Cut both ends of the plantain and peel (green plantains are much harder to peel).
  3. Cut each plantain at an angle into at least 6 equal pieces or your desired size.
  4. While the oil is heating up, rinse the plantains and place it on a paper towel to drain.
  5. Drop one plantain into the oil and see if it sizzles. If it does, then add several more of the plantains, be sure not to crowd the pan. Let them lightly brown for about two minutes each on both sides.
  6. Keep an eye on the plantains, because they cook rather quickly.
  7. Once they are lightly brown, transfer them to the paper towels to drain.
  8. Now, put the salt in the cup of water to make salted water. Make sure it’s not too salty.
  9. On a flat surface, use the plantain presser to flatten the plantains and to shape them
  • Or you can use a spatula to flatten the plantains
  • Be sure not to press too hard, because it will break them and lose its shape.
  1. Soak the flatten plantain into the salted water for a few seconds for flavor
  2. Put the plantains back into the oil to fry a second time for at least two minutes on each side or until desired crisp and browning.
  3. Lastly, take plantain out of oil and drain on paper towel and serve hot.

*Tip: When using sweet plantains, the process is quicker, because they cook faster.
fried_plantains_new_small tumblr_n6125g2xas1rjupavo1_1280Now, these two figures shows you what the final product should look like. The picture on the left is the green plantains (Bannann Peze) and the spicy pickled slaw (Pikliz). Whereas the picture on the right is the sweet plantain that have been fried. To have the full effect of a Haitian cuisine, fry some chicken or pork and cook some rice with a watermelon soda or lemonade on the side and you will be good to go. Enjoy!

How To Make Haitian Pikliz (Picklese). | CaribbeanPot.com. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://caribbeanpot.com/how-to-make-haitian-piklizpicklese/

Infographic Analysis

From the article Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect, an infographic was released to depict the overall concept of the article. In this case, the infographic is about making sure that children do not have children and finding new ways to maximize the value for money and impact of existing aid commitments. As well as making sure that girls are taken into account. This entire idea is known as the ‘Girl effect.’

Based on the infographic, the perception is easy to grasp, in terms of the visuals and the varied font sizes. The purpose of the visual is to inform as well as creating an interest towards the reader. Within the visual, the author used symbols, clip art, words, and numbers to further reveal their purpose.

Also, to bring out the purpose of the infographic, the author made sure that she focused on the presentation. That alone will cause the readers’ interest to grow. Concentrating on the different colors, patterns, varied typefaces, enlargement and reduction of some features is beneficial. Not only will that grasp the reader’s attention, but also features as such will keep the attentiveness of the reader.

The author’s choice of language and delivery is right to the point. She is acknowledging and making it easy for her audience to understand the notion of the infographic. Notions, that includes young women getting married too early and having children. Also, the author reveals data at several levels of detail, which ranges from a far-reaching overview to the fine structure of the visual. For instance, she includes distinctive statistics about reducing adolescent pregnancy in India by ten percent, which could add $767 million to the Indian economy.

All in all, the author took in consideration in what to do to grasp and keep her readers attention. Within the infographic, the author was able to match it with her audience. For example, the language that was chosen made it easy-going for anyone to understand the model. The information in the visual focused and organized information that made data easier to interpret and remember.
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Eitel, M. (2012, July 13). Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-eitel/family-planning-unleashes_b_1671962.html?utm_hp_ref=worldir=World

The Benefits of Slow Parenting – Rhetorical Analysis

In the article “The Benefits of Slow Parenting,” author Jaci Conry discussed why and how ‘slow parenting’ cherishes quality over quantity, being in the moment, and making meaningful memories and connections with your family. The author makes a sturdy illustration of slow parenting, as discussed in the article, that it gives you a chance to enjoy the current moments that you share with your child. Bearing in mind that in the future your child may or may not want to spend as much time as they do now with you. She also provided us with different elements and implications of how to spend time with your loved ones.

Conry focused more on the emotional appeal and appreciating each moment with her children and encourages other parents to do the same as well. For example, she explains how she allows her older children to sign up for what they want to do to see how well they do. Not only that but to see how they keep up with so many activities. She then states that after a month, if her children are exhausted or seems to be, an activities needs to be cut out. Conry points out that “Slow parenting is organic, it’s ever-evolving – the only essential is that families carve out time to connect.” Although that may be a good idea, however, many families may not have time to do any activities together.

Conry also brought different people’s statements that indicated her credibility and character. Ms. Conry is reliable and credible, because she has a doctorate in prenatal and perinatal psychology. She believes that riding in the car with family members does not fall under spending family time. For instance, she includes John Duffy in the article, who’s a clinical psychologist and author of “The Available Parent” encourages parents to just sit and watch their children do activities and play around. That alone will provide the parent with the reminder of remarkable their children are.

Overall, Jaci Conry’s indication of slow parenting should take place within all families is understandable. However, I do not think that she understands that most families will not time for ‘family time.’ For example, car rides may be the only time that they have to spend as a true family, everything may be too fast paced for them to slow it down.