One of the greatest things in the world is sitting down at the table and seeing a huge plate piled with Spaghetti. When it is cooking, it easily fills the house with the scent of warm tomatoes and other Italian spices. There are so many different ways to make spaghetti sauce, but the best of all is a homemade recipe passed down through generations of Italians. However, the actual noodle plays a big role in the scrumptious dish. When these pale, yellowish noodles are done cooking, the only thing left to do is pour that delicious sauce on them.

Children have a great time trying to slurp and gobble up the slippery noodles, while the parents try to keep the ever staining red sauce off their faces. Negative Description: Cooking spaghetti is a long and tiring process. One might think all you do is boil water, put the noodles in, and slap some sauce on top. But to get the best tasting sauce, it has to be homemade. And after spending all the time to make that special sauce, there is still more waiting to do. Time must pass slower when waiting for water to boil.

When it finally does, putting the spaghetti noodles in takes time to ensure that the noodles get cooked evenly and thoroughly. And as the noodles are finishing the cooking process they must be strained of all that oily water. If the sauce isn’t put on right away then the long, thin noodles turn into clumped up blobs of spaghetti. Now is the good part; the time to eat the masterpiece! White shirts almost always attract some stray splatters of the dark, red sauce. Spaghetti sauce is like a stubborn child that never wants to go away! It will stay on that shirt and dish until some hard scrubbing is done.

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And in the end, all that hard work was done for just a little taste of Italy. Self-Reflection: The hardest challenge I faced in writing this description was negatively describing something that I love and enjoy. Being from a very Italian family, I learned how to make spaghetti when I was very young. Therefore, for me, it isn’t really that hard of a task. I tried to think of things that would make it less enjoyable by someone who isn’t very experienced in what they were making. I chose to do the positive description first because it is easier in my opinion to describe something I like positively then negatively.

When I was preparing to describe the spaghetti, I thought of things that some people may not think of. It was easy to describe how making the sauce homemade makes the spaghetti better because I have prior knowledge of it. Everything I described about how the process was from doing it myself. It takes a lot of time at first, but gets easier as you become skilled. Still there are some elements when cooking something that you cannot change, such as the time it takes to boil water. I am an impatient person, so it was a bit easier to show how waiting for the water to boil and the spaghetti noodles to cook can be a negative thing.

I chose to mention the Italian heritage in my description to help the reader want to experience an Italian dish or a “little taste of Italy”. Also I thought that using a reference to children would help the reader picture a little kid eating spaghetti and them staining everything around them with the messy sauce. As for the figurative language in the description, I used the children in reference to how spaghetti sauce is hard to get out, like a stubborn child who won’t leave you alone. I found that in this description I can easily see the positive and negative things about making homemade spaghetti sauce and spaghetti!


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