Indepth post: Number 6 (final post before indepth night)

Hey Y’all,

So, as in-depth night comes closer, I am finishing my last recipe before replicating them to share with my mentor. The final item that we are making is bread. This may not seem very difficult at first, but the fact that it is gluten free increases the chance for the bread to fail miserably. I will post pictures and show the steps for making the bread later.

Thus far, I have learned how to:

  1. Bake a variety of gluten free foods (muffins, pie, crisps, etc.)
  2. Replace glutenous ingredients with gluten free ingredients
  3. Adapt a recipe to improve the flavour or texture
  4. Remove yolks from eggs
  5. Memorize 7 recipes

I believe that this is a more than worthwhile study as I can apply it to my life in the future for family get-togethers, trips and other events that could require culinary support. The ability that I found most useful was that I learned how to substitute different flours by adding 1 tsp of xanthan gum per cup of GF flour. Xanthan gum allows the food to stick together, like gluten in normal flour. I also learned a flour mix consisting of 50% rice flour, 25% potato flour and 25% corn flour (or something similar). This is the most versatile and effective combination of GF flour that I have ever learned how to make or eaten, and I am very grateful that my mentor taught me how to replicate it.

Beyond culinary skills, I developed a relationship with my mentor and piano teacher. I realized that she knew MUCH more than how to teach piano, but that she had an ability to create gluten free dishes that were good enough to appear as though it was made with real non-gluten free flour. She has been a blessing to this project and to my work as she was flexible with dates and able to help me when I couldn’t quite do what the recipe required.

Overall, this year of in-depth was worlds more successful than last year’s guitar project. I have learned skills that I will use in the future, and improved my ability to comprehend the art of food. I would like to thank my mentor for helping me with this project.

Until next time.

Top 5 passages from The Joker is Wild, a biography by Martin Knelman

1.”A lot of the characters have this things where they think they’re in control but they’re not[.]” (138)

a. The quote is connected to his past experiences when working in a factory after his father was fired form his previously ‘stable’ job. The idea is that they can be funny, but they are also sad. This was a way of expressing some of the pain he had kept bottled up for years.

b This shows that Canadians, at the time of publication 2000, have a side to them other than the apologetic and kind side, an attribute of hurting, and a lack of means to express that. Nowadays, this shows how film can be an escape and a medium for people to express their inner thoughts without compromising any relationships or projects.

2.”Jim stayed inside the piano for almost two entire acts, emerging after almost half an hour. He climbed out and walked off the stage slowly.” (121)

a. The entire concept of laying in a piano after your act was done for about 20 minutes to then re-emerge just seems so absolutely outlandish and humorous to me.

b. Jim shows that Canadians can be very creative in their humor-based exploits, even to the point of leaving and reappearing in unconventional ways. Today, this would show that we may do ridiculous things to get attention and laughs from others even if it may hinder the quality of those around us.

3.”I just can’t continue what I’m doing.”

a. Jim realizes that he needs to become more than just a wild impressionist, but a comedian who is something more than a reflection of another, making this one of the most important parts in his life.

b. I’ve found that many Canadians have times where they feel like that they aren’t themselves anymore, and that they need to re-invent themselves.

4.”He could make people laugh and make them feel at the same time.” (36)

a. A fellow comedian, Mike MacDonald, presents Jim as being somebody who had the ability at a young age to make people laugh and sympathize at the same time. After watching some films starring Jim, I can see how Mike views Carrey like this.

b. Jim’s ability to convey both humor and emotions through his medium of acting and film are shown to be accepted and enjoyed by us as Canadians, representing our general love for film and acceptance of people who have talent.

5.”The element that makes certain stars exciting, […] is a sense of danger, that anything can happen.” (158)

a. Charles Russel describes Jim’s ability to be very exciting by his sense of danger, probably developed by his years in the less famous scene of a factory.

b. Canadian stereotypes for being overly kind tie in to the ‘sense of danger’ that Russel is speaking about, can also be applied to protecting or caring for those who are affected by said danger.

Theme: Broadcasting ideas through your own medium can allow them to blossom into something beautiful.

JAM essay- Owen


April  16th 2018

Humanities 10 TALONS

The first prime minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, was responsible for building the Canadian Pacific Railroad, forming parliament and separating the country from Britain, but the people he used to get there were unacknowledged, excluded, and treated like a “separate species” (Stanley). When he first came to office in 1867, he wanted to connect the young nation with a railroad, but quickly got into disputes, disagreements and harsh encounters with those who were not “Aryan” enough (Dennie). He used this idea and the people around him to complete his dream, immortalizing him in the public sphere with schools and statues made in his honour. Most people at the time, as well as some today, believe that his actions are more than justified and that he should be held up high for his accomplishments, while others disagree, and would rather see the statues taken down to symbolize our new values. Regardless of his accomplishments while in power, the exclusion of the chinese workers and the ignorance towards the indigenous peoples shows that he only cared for those of his race, making him a figure that should not be monumentalized.


While Canada began to stretch their railroad across the newly purchased and aligned land, and influx of chinese immigrants began to arrive with hopes of providing for their families, only to be met with inflated immigration prices, low wages, and little to no credit for the work they did on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. John A. Macdonald stated that the chinese “were separate species” who would breed “mongrel” people that would make his “Aryan” nation impure. Although this may have been common at their day and age, our Country’s current idea of inclusion and multiculturalism are skewed with the praise towards somebody who went out of their way to do the exact opposite.


On the other hand, some people believe that his actions were justified as building a nation requires sacrifices, including the immigrant workers, but his exclusion and mistreatment of others is also inside the country. When Canada purchased Rupert’s Land, they did not talk to the native Metis peoples, which led to the red river rebellion. When Macdonald realized that Louis Riel would not simply give up until his voice was heard, he attempted to bribe him to immigrate to the USA and never come back. This was successful for a small period of time, but Louis returned soon which led to the “hanging of Louis Riel” (Oliver). His sudden and irrational action to hagn the rebel and voice of the people proved that he cared little for those who were here before him. A leader of a new country who cannot accept or value the people he seeks to lead should not be up held in schools where the descendants of those discriminated against are taught an entire;y different story of John, and forced to look upon him as a Canadian hero.


John A. Macdonald’s fear and ignorance of those who would have joined him have left cultural barriers and misinterpretations of how people were treated and should be treated today. By removing the Chinese immigrants and ostracizing the natives, Sir John A. Macdonald has done more harm than good. When a leader, even more so for the first one, shows that it is acceptable to mistreat others, including the young people who are influenced by the names of their schools. A country with our values today do not seem to line up with the way that Sir John A. Macdonald saw this country to be. So would you rather leave statues of a discriminatory racist up, or move them to a museum so we can learn from our mistakes.

In depth post #5

As of Wednesday, I have completed my 6th gluten-free creation, a lemon meringue pie. This was by far the most challenging of the recipes that I have completed as the crust was extremely hard to perfect, due to both the gluten-free ingredients, and some pie crusts are prone to crumbling. This did not hinder the progress, but instead led to a very well-made pie, with a nice crust and delicious lemon pie filling (pictures below).

1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

My mentor allows me to take on scenarios head on, watching for anything that may mess up the recipe, but allowing for some trial and error. This has taught me how some ingredients don’t work well together, why you shouldn’t put wet and dry in the same bowl, and other useful cooking strategies. Another useful way for me to learn is by allowing me to find and use recipes rather than have prepared and proven ones already laid out.

2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

We could recap our product after each session, and reflect on what we did right, and what needed improvement. This would allow for a fuller understanding of what we have accomplished, and how we could do better the following time.

3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

We could prepare the recipes ahead of time to better suit my learning, but I believe that having first hand experience of choosing a recipe is more beneficial as it grants me the abilities over time effectively rather than quickly.

4. When you get together what do you talk about?

The main subject that we discuss, besides when we are baking, is how to improve, adapt, or find ways around the current recipe. This includes changing the amounts of ingredients such as eggs to change the thickness of the food, as well as adding milk to increase the smoothness of the item.

5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

We are very efficient when working in the kitchen, usually finishing 30 minute recipes in 25 or less. Our ability to do multiple sections of the recipe at once allows us to not get stuck watching the other, but be involved in making something that we can both enjoy in the future.

6. What are you learning about one another?

I am learning that she is a very kind, generous and very cooking-smart person who can do much more than just bake or play the piano. She has shown me how to do things, like removing an egg white, that I would have messed up so much in years past that I can now do with accuracy and confidence. When I first began the mentor ship lessons, I wanted to give back, as we were using her time and ingredients, but all that she said she would require is the occasional ingredient that she did not have, and a quick brochure draft for her upcoming piano recital.


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DOL: #3, Independent Canadian Inquiry

Historical significance:

The inquiry question that I posed for study was, “How did Ochasteguin kick start Canadian economy?”. Before I delve into the fruits of my research, Ochasteguin was the chief of the Arendaenronnon nation of the Wendat Confederacy, the lesser of the two indigenous peoples who were controlling the trade along the St. Lawrence river.

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As a leader of this trade route, Ochasteguin had access to the best trading opportunities in all of North America due to the plentiful amount of beavers that could be brought from farther inland. Ochasteguin and a few of his peoples met with the people of New France, and granted them control of the route in exchange for aid against the other, more dominant group, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. New France agreed to the offer, and marched into battle with Samuel du Champlain, their leader, armed with a musket like weapon called the Arquebus. The alliance, machinery, and fear factor proved to be too much for the opposing trade force, and it was thus dominated by the Wendat and New France alliance. This went hand-in-hand with the trend of beaver pelt hats in Europe which strengthened their profits greatly, and allowed the two groups to build their civilizations up with greater efficiency and dominance. As this event occurred many years ago, I have been unable to find any primary sources recounting this event, but secondary sources include a quick history of the Wendat peoples, the Canada: The Story of Us video, and a book by the name of Religion, Gender and Kinship in Colonial New France.

Cause and Consequence:

The reason for the economical success of the two peoples was due to the natives willingness to trade and work with the newcomers. They realized that the french colonists had much greater firepower, as well as armor. Seizing this opportunity, the Wendat propose access to the trade route in return for aiding them in their attempt to claim the southern section of the St. Lawrence. New France needed to show France that they could turn a profit, so Samuel agreed, thus winning both sides a great economical advantage over other, and for du Champlain, the very thing he needed to maintain his settlement in what is now Quebec. An unintended consequence of this interaction, was the extinction of the Wendat people which was caused by diseases such as tuberculosis which was brought over from Europe. these diseases are said to have wiped out 90-99% of the indigenous population as their immune systems were not capable of dealing with the infections.

Ethical Judgement:

The event may very well have seemed just and correct back then, but now it would seem as though the French gained a much larger amount of the profit. Back in their time, the events and trades were mostly dominated by the indigenous, as was this one, but the trade seems unfair from today’s viewpoint. The Wendat agreed to allow control of the route over to the New France colony in exchange for what they wanted, which was to control both sides of the trade route.

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This worked out for both sides to begin with, as they both followed through on their promises, thus improving the French economy as well as the Wendat.  An unintended consequence of this interaction was the spread of diseases which led the Wendat to be weakened, and defeated by the Iroquois in 1648-50.

Socials Studies Inquiry Process:

Due to Ochasteguin and the Wendat people’s deal with New France, the Canadian economical system gained an important piece in creating the economy that we have today by establishing and sharing a controlled trade route along the St. Lawrence river. Even after New France fell at the hands of the English, the route had gained the area economic stability that influenced the success of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Without his effort to control the trade route, Canadian economy could have very well been unstable and not worth it for the French to continue to fund the colonists, which could remove the french culture of Canada entirely.