Healthy Chinese Food?? – podcast

Hey everyone!

Wok from your Dorm has officially begun the collaborative campaign with Sophia from The Traveling College Kid and Ashley from Yoga Is For Everyone! If you missed my previous posts, this collaborative campaign will promote the work of the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF), an amazing non-profit organization that works to promote active, healthy lifestyles. Since all of our websites address lifestyle aspects such as cooking, traveling, and exercise, we have decided to collaborate to highlight the NAHF’s work on living healthy lifestyles.

As part of this promotion, I’ve created a podcast with tips on how to cook healthy Chinese food at the dorm and how to order healthy Chinese food at the restaurant. For those days you want to order takeout, I talk about what to order and what not to order from a Chinese restaurant to eat healthy. Tune into the podcast below to discover that healthy Chinese food is not a myth!

I hope this podcast was helpful for you, especially if you’re a college student trying to make it work (and wok) in a dorm room! Remember to check out the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) for more tips and information on leading active, healthy lives.  Also check out my partners’ blogs, Sophia from The Traveling College Kid and Ashley from Yoga Is For Everyone, to find the videos and podcasts they have created to promote the cause. I’ll be featuring one of them in a guest post on Wok from your Dorm, so be sure to check back here for more content soon!

 

What do you think of the collaboration so far? Let me know by liking and commenting below!

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Chinese Cooking for College Kids 101

Welcome to my first official podcast! Here are my top 10 tips and guiding philosophies for college kids who are new to cooking Chinese food. Or, Chinese Cooking for College Kids 101. Think of it as a crash course introducing you to Chinese cooking.

Did I miss any tips? Let me know by commenting and liking!

Background music by Scott Holmes, provided by Freemusicarchive.org (licensed CC)

 

Recording a Signature Intro

 

I created an audio intro! I’m excited to use this intro for any potential podcasts or videos I make in the future. I like that I’m learning to create different media styles and communicate to the public in different modes (written, audio, and video). Not only does this variety broaden my horizons as a creator, but also creates greater accessibility to media for consumers. Podcasts are a more mobile way for followers to access text or video media.

I created this 30 second audio clip using Creative Commons-licensed audio,  Scott Holmes’ “Positive and Fun” from Freemusicarchive.org,  and open-source audio software Audacity. I’ve used Audacity to record audio before, but this was my first time editing audio. First I chose an upbeat and lighthearted background track, then recorded my bit using headphones introducing myself and my blog. The editing took some undoing and redoing, but I am ultimately satisfied with the finished product. First I add a fade in at the beginning of the background track and a fade out at the end. I added the Autoduck effect to the background track so that its volume will adjust to accommodate the narration, and then played with the relative volumes of both tracks until I was satisfied with the balance between the music and the narration. I also applied the Normalizing effect to balance the quiet and loud sections, then applied the Compression effect to fine-tune the audio. I tried applying the Reverb effect but could not adjust it to an appropriate level. Ultimately, I gave up on the Reverb effect (for now), but I hope to continue learning to enhance my audio-editing skills. Finally, I exported the clip as a .Wav file, saved it to my computer, uploaded it to my blog’s SoundCloud account, and embed here as media on my blog by inserting it from the SoundCloud URL.

How can I improve my audio intro? Let me know by commenting and liking!

 

 

Background music by Scott Holmes, provided by Freemusicarchive.org (licensed CC)