This Iron Chef challenge was fun, and was also challenging at the same time. The secret ingredient added so much more of an angle to this assignment, the secret ingredient helped us expand on what we are used to making. I really did enjoy this assignment because i feel like it helped is get out of our comfort zone, because were used to just sticking to a recipe, where in this assignment we get to do what we want, and how we want it, like you said we got to make the recipe our own. My group worked really well together, we all listened to each others idea, and never argued. The recipe turned out well we think because we incorporated everyone ideas into the recipe rather than just doing the recipe as it should be done. we picked our recipe because we figured everyone would be doing more of a dinner or lunch recipe so we decided to do more of a breakfast idea, but with our own twist which was the strawberry glaze on the bottom and drizzled on the top. I think that the recipe we chose turned out well, and i think that it was the right recipe for us. If i was to do this again i think i would change the glaze to more of a light topping rather than the main thing on the pancake. I believe that the glaze masked the taste of the yam, and i think that maybe if we did a bit of a lighter glaze next time it would;d have turned out better. Or i could also have changed the type of glaze, maybe to a blueberry blackberry glaze or something like that. The time did not effect us much because our recipe was quick and relatively easy, but since we had restrictions of what we could buy we used regular milk instead of almond milk, and we did not use the type of nuts that it said we used almonds, so it changed the way we thought in that sort of way.
These two labs were both awesome! ill start off with the waffles, both waffles were good the taste and texture was all there, but i feel we needed some sort of sauce or drink to go with it to really enhance the flavor of the waffles. The cheese was really good also im not a huge cheese fan but with all the spices we put in it tasted great just to much on here and there! I chose these two labs over any of the others because i feel like we put so much effort into these labs, and they both payed off, everyone at least in my group enjoyed the waffles and cheese. during this lab we all worked well together everyone got along were all friends in this class so there was no problems with us, and food wise everything went smoothly, well at least i can remember. If i was to do the waffles again like i said i would get some sort of sauce to pour over the waffles maybe like a raspberry filling or some sort of berry, or also a drink would have worked very well. For the cheese i feel that the only thing you could have changed was the spices, not that the cheese we made was bad, but i feel that if you wanted to try different things you could experiment with the spices to get a different taste until you find the one that you love.
- 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
When barbie and Rosie did not know where there next meal was coming from. some of the ways they coped with this is they went with what they have and what they could afford and they just played it out day by day and ate what came to them, and whats cheap. They did not focus on the nutrition facts they just focused on whats cheap. In a way they were successful but in another way they were not. They did get through it and they ended up getting food in the end, but day by day they have to worry about where they are getting it from.
2- 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?
In our country people with kids who cant afford to give them proper food will experience food insecurity. People will be able to afford food day by day, but they will not be able to get the right foods and whats needed. These people are more at risk because they can barley afford food and they will not be able to live a healthy lifestyle if they keep on buying food that is bad for you and not the food with proper nutrients.
3- 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?
My reaction to this, is that i am surprised by how many people are food insecure and cant afford the right food. We are trying to solve this problem by donating and giving out food where we can and also food banks, but the problem keeps on getting worse. Before watching this film i thought that we had it under control because everyone is trying to help in one way or another, but after watching this film i now see that it is a bigger problem then we think it is. We have enough food to share so why arent we doing better than this.
4- 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?
What i would try to do is make everyone donate to this problem and then see where we get from there, after that i would create food banks across the country to try and solve the problem. I think this would help us out so much because it is not that hard to do, sure it may not solve the whole problem at once but maybe over time if we had food banks and people who donate money and food to the food insecure people then we would lower the amount of people who have to worry about what they are going to eat the next day.
I chose to reflect on this lab because i really liked this lab and i feel like it turned out really well, and i have not made any kind of jam before so this was all new to me which i found very cool, and it was also a fun lab. This lab was fun i wouldn’t put it in my favorites, but i did find it fun to make, and i also had fun making it with my group. The end product was good, but i feel like it could have been better, i feel like if we used a lighter apple then it would not have floated to the top. Other than this small problem it turned out great. My group worked pretty well together but i feel like we could have had better communication. Why i say this is because we did not take a picture of the mis en plus the picture i have is another groups, i feel like if i maybe asked them or if i told them to wait so that we could take [pictures we could have been more organized. I loved this lab, but if i was to do it again i think the only change i would make is i think i would try to make peach jam or raspberry jam instead, i liked apple jam but now since i have already tried it i would want to switch it up and make a different flavor.
In the world there are about 624 million cups of coffee sold in one day. 83% of people say they do not know what they would do without there cup of coffee in the morning. This brings to mind is coffee bad or good for you, does it have any benefits, this is what i am going to tell you. Some pretty recent research has showed that caffeine actually does lower the risk of dementia and Parkinson disease. We all need that boost sometimes, but in the end is it worth it. Caffeine can be very dangerous if to much is consumed, but what if you had a healthy amount of caffeine does that change anything or is there even a healthy amount of caffeine. About 400 mg of caffeine is the right amount a day, no more or you could risk a heart attack or different diseases. if you have this amount or less caffeine could actually reduce the risk of oral cancers, it could make you live longer, and just in general it is not to bad for you. Caffeine aside coffee is actually not that bad for you it produces a healthy amount of energy with no sugar added and it tastes great so why did we add the caffeine, because we wanted that boost. People need to realize that you do not need much caffeine to get the boost, you only need 2 or 3 cups depending on your size and health to get the boost you need, so why do people feel the need to drink 5 or 6 cups a day. People just need to find a balance to get the right amount of caffeine in but not to much so that they do not have any risks but also so that they get the boost they need. So overall caffeine does have some positive effects only if you consume the right amount though, otherwise it could lead to many harmful diseases and in the worse case death.
In this picture it is myself and my friend after a soccer game. My fear is disappointment, and i chose this picture because me and my friend are disappointed that we lost our soccer game. This fear could affect my decisions because i might not choose to do something because i feel like i may disappoint someone or do something wrong. I am reducing the power over myself because i do not take as many chances or i do not try as many new things as i should which leads to this fear. I learnt in this exercise is most of my classmates understand and they see where i am coming from, and even some people have a similar fear to me. This exercise did help because i feel like a will try new things and try to be more open with new things.
I will admit i do waste a lot of food and my family does also, this does not mean i do it on purpose or my family does. We waste a lot of food because we have no one to give it to if someone asked for our leftover food we would happily give it to them but if no one does then it is hard for us to keep it because if we keep the leftovers then they do not look as appetizing as when they were fresh personally and for most people i find myself throwing out a lot of leftovers and throwing out a lot of good food, also i throw out a lot of food that has expired even though it is still most likely fine to eat still. Some things i can improve on is choosing what i eat i should plan out what i eat so i know that there are no leftovers to throw away or that they are leftovers that i will eat. Another improvement that i can make is making the right amount of food for the right amount of people, always make sure that there is the correct amount of servings. A way that lots of us could cut down on waste is to plan out who is eating what you are making or what your buying, and make that much food so that there is the right amount of food. Also if you do end up with leftovers make sure that you are taking it for lunch or that you are not throwing it away.
I chose to reflect on this lab because it went well, and was one of my favorite labs. This was the chicken Parmesan lab. Personally i have never cooked chicken or steak before, so it was good to learn how important it is to cook the food all the way through. This is a good lab for beginners who like to have fancy meals and eat good food high in protein and such, but is not that hard to make either which is awesome. If i had to make one change to this dish it would be to make penne pasta instead of the spagetti but that is just because i like penne the best not because the spaghetti was bad, so i would not change much about this lab at all.