Procedural Writing: Soup Exercise
Your friend texts you this soup recipe. The soup sounds great, but you have trouble following the recipe because the text messages weren’t sent in a format or order that is easy to write or read as procedural material.
You have two jobs.
- Research online and find examples of recipes you consider easy-to-follow. Link to 5 example recipes and summarize what these recipes have in common (in terms of both format and content).
- Rewrite your friend’s soup recipe in a format that would make it easier to follow in the future. Imagine trying to follow the procedure as you write. Don’t worry about adding images or creating fancy layouts, but please do give it a descriptive title.
The recipe in a text message chain (clear image in attached exercise):
- one bunch each of both kale and swiss chard/one white or yellow onion/3 celery stalks/2 cans white or navy beans
- 3-4 strips of bacon (depending on your taste)/two cloves of garlic/a few sprigs of fresh parsley/1 large box of chicken stock/2-3 cups water
- 1 rind of parmesan or grana padano
- chop up all vegetables to start/heat up a small bit of olive oil to sauté onions and celery/chop up bacon and add bacon to celery and onions
- let the celery and onion soften then add kale and chard as well as some chili flakes and smoked paprika and sauté for a bit.
- After everything’s nice and cooked add the chicken broth and cups of water/let that come to a boil and then add the two cans of beans.
- then add the parmesan rind to the mixture
- (oops forgot parsley and garlic, add that in after the chard and kale)
- just let it all cook for a good hour or so in order for the flavor to get really good
- serve with shredded parmesan and you’re done!