Character Sketch- Two Fishermen

K. Smith is a character in “Two Fishermen” portrayed as a middle aged Caucasian male who has a wife and five children. Smith is assumed to have a secondary education who’s middle class considering he has a government job as a hangman. Smith is not your average height American male, “He had a large head, tapering down to a small chin, a birdlike neck, and a very wistful smile” ( Callaghan 1). Smith accent is considered to be American since the setting of the story and the time period. Smith likes to go fishing and wishes to fish with his wife more often, because he travels for work most of the time than spends time with his family. Smith took his fishing rod and his scotch while he traveling for work, “stick with a heavy fishing-line twined around it” (Callaghan 1). Smith likes to fish when he travels for work, indicates he lives near a lake or river back home where he likes to fish. Smith believes that somebody should have his job. Smith is a friendly, shy person who likes to develope friendships. Feels confident at work than he does outside of work.

Iron Chef Reflection

Did you enjoy the activity? Why or why not?
How did your group make decisions? Are you happy with this? Why or why not?
How did you come about picking your specific recipe? Are you pleased with how it was chosen?
If you were to do this activity again, what would you do differently?
How did the time/ingredient restraints influence your decisions? How did it affect your group?

Chicken Prep Lab Reflection

  1. Why did you choose to reflect on this lab?
  2. Did you enjoy the lab? Why or why not?
  3. Did your product turn out the way you had hoped? If yes, what helped? If no, why did it not?
  4. Did you group work well together during the lab? Why or why not? (i.e. were there any issues that came up/how did you solve them?)
  5. If you were to do this lab again, what might you do differently? Why?

I chose to reflect on the chicken prep lab because it was the most disgusting lab in foods I have ever done; even when I do it at work it felt weird doing it at school. I did not enjoy the slimy texture of the raw chicken, it felt uncomfortable touching it with my bare hands. As well, the cuts were very difficult to master perfectly. The lab turned out alright, most of the cuts didn’t give us the best mark which I was disappointed about, we had to be very precise and make minimum mistake (felt a lot of pressure to make a decent cut for the criteria). Our group worked well together, we had trouble cutting the parts of the chicken that had a certain technique but we were able to help each other do the best we could by giving constructive criticism. If I was able to do this again I would try to do a better job with my part of cutting the chicken. Slicing it from a different angle or positioning.

A Place at the Table Response

What are two examples of food insecurity identified in this movie? What were some of the ways in which the individuals involved coped with their predicament? Were they successful? Why or why not?
What specific demographics in our country might be more at risk of experiencing food insecurity? Why are they more at risk? Is there anything historical that might have caused this increased risk?
What is your personal reaction to this movie? Did you have any preexisting ideas about food insecurity? Were you surprised by some of the information that was presented? Why or why not?
If you were in a position to directly or indirectly influence the issue at hand (such as a politician or policy maker) what would you do to help? What policies do you think could aid those that are hungry? OR What is a way that you could make a difference today? How would you go about making that difference and change?

Food insecurities occurred with a family that had to make due with what they had, if they didn’t  have enough ingredients or food, tthey’d whip up what they had left. One family will not eat at all or skip meals. One might have to go to the food bank or go to have a hot plate meal. Others have to make a quick stop to the corner store if they have nothing left in the fridge. Rosie coped with her food insecurity by imagining her teachers and classmates as food; bananas and apple. She was still hungry during the day and wasn’t fully satisfied.  When a father was working, his children were able to eat at the school and have a warm meal. The hot meals helped with the kids dinners on most days, but it didn’t resolve the fathers problem of not  having enough food to make dinner. People who are more at risk to food insecurities would be small towns/cities with less options to grocery stores and have low income jobs in the small community. Since local family farms in the past have been growing their own crops and vegetables, the market gave them a lot of money for fresh grown products but they would get even more money by the weight of the food. Manufacturers took an interest in this because it would make them the most money in the food market. They put pesticides and GMO’s to make the food grow bigger and taste different to get the most money out of it, than having to do the natural growing process of the food and getting “some” money for it. Having the fruits and vegetables grown without any pesticides or GMO’s made it more expensive for the average person to buy. Watching this video and seeing the numbers increase over the years with people who have food insecurities made me shocked. I had no idea that it had gotten so bad in the US that people would feed their kids first and go starving that night, or how people had limited access to a proper grocery store with decent fruits and vegetables. I also felt very sad to the people who can’t even afford proper healthy food to feed their families, and how the government doesn’t allow to give food stamps to families with a certain income rate. I thought people who didn’t have jobs and were homeless would be the ones with food insecurity problems. I was very surprised that people with food insecurities had jobs and a house, they just had low income and still weren’t allowed to have food stamps. I was surprised that one parent would have to work two jobs just to support the family and make sure there was still food on the table. I would organize daily hot meal dinner’s in my community for people that have no food to eat in their house, I would join one of the programs that would help families with food insecurities get food on their plate, I could even create a better program than food stamps for people with food insecurities and help them get back on their feet and being able to have food in their fridge at the end of the day.

Gaufre de Liege Reflection

I chose to reflect on this lab because it was delicious and was the best lab that we did so far during the semester. I enjoyed the lab because it was a different way of making waffles which was interesting to me. It had a sweeter taste than a regular waffle which I found delightful. I predicted it would be a hard texture but I was easy to chew and a soft texture. The recipe wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be considering all of the odd ingredients that you wouldn’t regularly put in waffles. The waffles turned out the way the group and I wanted them, the consistent stirring of the waffle mixture helped get the perfect texture. We waited patiently when we put the mix into the waffle maker. The group worked well together during the lab, we took turns stirring, helping with the dishes, cleaning our unit, and working at a regular to finish on time. I would take charge during the lab instead of waiting for my group members to give me instructions. I would also mix the batter a little longer so it wouldn’t be too thick.


Mythbusters: Caffeine

Caffeine can harm a developing fetus

I believe caffeine can harm a developing fetus, do to the following information on these articles. In the article “Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy”, it states that babies can’t handle the same amount of coffee that a pregnant adult can consume. The babies metabolism is still maturing and can not metabolize the caffeine properly. The article mentions that during late pregnancy your baby can develop unusual sleeping patterns and movements which keeps the mother and the baby awake. Studies on pregnant animals were made who consumed caffeine. The caffeine caused the animals babies to have birth defects, premature labor, and increase the risk of low-birth weight offspring. Studies haven’t occurred on humans since no one was willing to take the risk of harming their babies with too much caffeine intake. In the article “Caffeine During Pregnancy” points out a study where pregnant women drank more caffeine then the average amount and made their babies smaller than there gestational age. The article also states that the babies heart would be higher than it’s normal rate. In conclusion I think this statement about caffeine is true based on the evidence given by the articles and not it’s another coffee myth.

Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy



Apple Jam Reflection

Apple Jam Reflection

Why did you choose to reflect on this lab? Did you enjoy the lab? Why or why not? Did your product turn out the way you had hoped? If yes, what helped? If no, why did it not? Did you group work well together during the lab? Why or why not? (i.e. were there any issues that came up/how did you solve them?)If you were to do this lab again, what might you do differently? Why?

I picked the Apple Jam Lab because it was my favourite lab that we did in September and it was an excellent learning opportunity because I have never made jam before. Apple is my favourite fruit as well so it was fun being able to make a jam out of it. I enjoyed the lab because I wouldn’t think of making an apple jam, it’s not very common but it was something different than using the basic fruits that you would make for jam. I hoped the apple jam would be sweet and the texture would be the same as any other regular jam. Adding the amount of sugar in the mixture helped with the sweetness of the jam which I was very pleased with. The consistent stirring of the jam mixture helped with the proper texture of the jam. Our group worked well together during the lab, we were communicating with each other to make sure we were on the same page and weren’t missing any of the steps during the lab. We let each other have turns with certain jobs so nobody would feel left out. We made sure we were being safe in the kitchen area and not fooling around. We made sure that everyone got a fair amount of jam. If I were to do this lab differently I would cut the apples into tinier pieces because some of the group members complained about it being too sweet for their liking.