You say potato, I say …

Could the humble potato be a “food heaven” ingredient? Of course it can be but I never really thought about until I visited an amazing restaurant in Arequipa, Peru which uses potatoes in all of its main dishes. It was such a pleasurable dining experience that I feel the need to write about.It has also… Continue reading You say potato, I say …

Foodies guide to Lima, Peru.

  I’m sidetracking a little here in terms of  what I usually write about but as it’s half term I’m travelling around Peru. This blog is about ‘foodie’ delights and other exciting things do in Lima. Choco Museo is a great place to visit if you are a chocolate lover. They sell an interesting array… Continue reading Foodies guide to Lima, Peru.

Plane food.

  I first flew on an aeroplane when I was 24, a late developer in terms of travelling but that first flight to Spain changed my life considerably.I met my husband there and developed a passion to see the world and in particular to experience food cultures and understand social and religious beliefs that underpin… Continue reading Plane food.

World Mental Health Day October 10 2016. Resources for schools

World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October every year. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day covers “psychological first aid”. There are lost of posters, resources and ideas available to support activities for this day on various websites such as : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/your-organisation/events/love-hastings-love-yourself-world-mental-health-day-2016 http://www.youngminds.org.uk/helloyellow http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/ As a teacher and… Continue reading World Mental Health Day October 10 2016. Resources for schools

Teaching about Hydration in schools.

Hydration is so important in helping concentration levels in schools. Here is a lesson plan. I use the textbook Food Preparation and Nutrition by Anita Tull and Gary Littlewood in the delivery of this lesson and the worksheets on the link below which refer to the BBC animation video on water and the hydration colour… Continue reading Teaching about Hydration in schools.

A food poem for National Poetry Day.

One of my favourite poems ever is Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney. “Blackberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney Late August, given heavy rain and sun For a full week, the blackberries would ripen. At first, just one, a glossy purple clot Among others, red, green, hard as a knot. You ate that first one and its… Continue reading A food poem for National Poetry Day.

What is beauty?

What is beauty? Yesterday I visited the National Museum in Bradford to see an exhibition called in your face (# yourfaceisace). It is a very interactive experience suitable for a broad range of ages and runs until 30 October 2016. http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/planavisit/exhibitions/in-your-face/about? I found it particularly thought-provoking and afterwards in a true teacher geek way I… Continue reading What is beauty?

Meat and education resources for food teachers.

I  highly recommend the meat and education website. http://meatandeducation.redmeatinfo.com/ It is jam packed with PowerPoints, student worksheets, school friendly recipes and much more. Click on this link http://meatandeducation.redmeatinfo.com/resources I have used a number of the resources from this website to plan a lesson on meat (see below). I plan to introduce a theory lesson on… Continue reading Meat and education resources for food teachers.

British Nutrition Foundation and dairy farming resources.

As part of the GCSE food preparation and nutrition curriculum, food teachers will now have to place a bigger emphasis on food provenance. Under food provenance, pupils will be expected to have a greater understanding of the primary and secondary stages of processing and producing foods and also to discuss the environmental issues associated  with… Continue reading British Nutrition Foundation and dairy farming resources.

Teaching about the “stress bucket” in schools.

A few months ago I went on a Mental Health First Aid in schools course. We learnt about the stress bucket. So it goes like this. Basically we all have a stress bucket. If it gets too full as the stresses of life flow in to it, it will over fill and over flow and… Continue reading Teaching about the “stress bucket” in schools.