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Food + Nutrition - Individual task.

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I am currently studying GSCE food and nutrition and I am about to start my individual task, which is worth 30% of my final grade. This task includes working independently by researching, developing, planning, making and evaluating. I will attempt to do this to the best of my ability. I have looked at the five main syllabus areas, which are; � Nutrition and health � Food choice � Food preparation and processing � Deterioration, safety and preservation of food � Marketing, advertising and consumer education From these I have now selected three of the areas, which most interest me, these are; � Nutrition and health � Food choice � Marketing, advertising and consumer education I feel that these will be most useful for me because they are areas, which will provide me with a wide range of information and ideas for a well-detailed investigation. I am now preparing to mind map these three areas. After studying my three chosen syllabus areas I have decided to investigate food choice and nutrition and health and marketing, advertising and consumer education further. I have not yet received enough information or completed enough research to write a full task title but I am able to write a possible task title, which could be; " To investigate the needs of a specific age group, possibly teenage students, who have to manage on a budget" I may decide to look into the dietary needs of teenagers however I will continue to carry out any initial research with an open mind. ...read more.


- Never: Daily: Weekly: Occasionally: Always: From my questionnaire I have found out many things that could be helpful when planning my practical sessions for instance the main foods that are eaten by families who have teenagers in them are rice and pasta. I was surprised to see that most people of all the ages that I asked eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily and think that they have a healthy balanced diet. Taste and appearance are the main two things that affect people's food choice so this is what I will be focussing on when making my chosen dishes. Families and teenagers eat ready-made meals quite often so I want to show that you can make healthy nutritious meals in a limited time. Because my practical sessions will only be an hour long this is ideal and will also extend my practical skills. Nutrients of primary concern during teen years are iron, calcium and total calorie intake. Teen food intake studies show their diets are most often lacking in sufficient amounts of iron and calcium to support growth and health. If teens limit calories to control body weight, growth can actually be negatively affected. From the information sent back in my letter reply I found that the most commonly consumed foods in this age group are white bread, savoury snacks, crisps, biscuits, potatoes and chocolate confectionary. Consumption of red meat and milk tended to be low along with fruit and vegetables. This contradicts my questionnaire results but from my own experiences I think that it is very true. ...read more.


350g pasta 3 small leeks, cleaned and chopped 175g streaky bacon, de-rinded and chopped 50g margarine Extra cheese for topping SAUCE- 50g margarine (instead of butter) 50g plain flour 850ml semi-skimmed milk (instead of whole milk) 175g cheddar cheese, grated 75ml double cream Salt and pepper 1.Boil water and cook pasta 2.Drain pasta in a colander and rinse under cold water 3.Melt margarine in a pan and soften leeks and bacon 4.Mix up pasta, bacon and leeks in a dish 5.Make the white sauce with the margarine, flour and milk 6.Add grated cheese, salt, pepper and cream to the sauce 7.Pour sauce over the pasta dish 8.Sprinkle cheese on top, put in oven for cheese to melt 9.Take out and serve * Saucepan * Colander * Frying pan * A bowl * Cheese grater * Pasta dish * 1kg pasta * 3 small leeks * 200g streaky bacon * 500g margarine * 400g cheese * 500g plain flour * 2 pints semi-skimmed milk * 150ml double cream I decided to do this dish because it is something I have never thought of making before but it is appropriate as it answers my task title and extends my practical skill. The rice is a good source of energy and from my questionnaire results I found that a majority of families eat rice and pasta, the prawns and mackerel are a very good source of protein and this is one of the things that is most important to my particular age group. 2 tbsp olive oil 250g basmati rice 2 large spring onions 100g prawns 70g mackerel 1 beef tomato 1 roasted pepper 200ml chicken stock salt and freshly ground black pepper ...read more.

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