Introducing Helpful Websites

Today I’m introducing 2 helpful websites, presented through video made with the software Screencast-o-Matic. These two websites introduce different elements and recipes of Chinese food that are for intermediate and advanced chefs. Wok from Your Dorm is more for beginner college chefsĀ – so definitely check out these other websites as you advance through your cooking adventures! China Highlights is a travel agency whose website also offers information on Chinese cuisine, dining, and etiquette. The Woks of Life is a food blog made by a family of 4 (who apparently share my love of puns). I was actually really happy to find The Woks of Life blog, because there aren’t a lot of English-language websites that focus specifically on Chinese cooking (if viewers know of any, please recommend). Most of the time, it will be a general cooking website that will have a page on Chinese cuisine or a few recipes.

Using Screencast-o-Matic for the first time was easier than I thought it would be. I realized that the planning stage was the most important – scripting the video, opening and preparing all the web pages I would present in the video, etc. The only significant problem I had was saving and publishing the video. After you finish filming, you can save the video to your computer as a MP4 file, upload the video to a YouTube account, or save the video to your free Screencast-o-Matic account. I tried all 3 methods and each time received an error message that my anti-virus software was interfering with it. After some internal debate and some troubleshooting with my professor, I decided to temporarily pause my anti-virus software and was then able to publish the video to YouTube. (I do not unilaterally recommend pausing your anti-virus software; ask around and try to find another method first, and please let me know if you find another solution).

What do you think of these websites? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know by commenting and liking!

Featured websites: China Highlights and The Woks of Life