Hopefully a few more of you are reading this blog, now that my representatives from yr 8 have been spreading the word about the bon-appetweet re-launch.
Each week the blog will include interesting stuff about food and healthy eating, funny anecdotes from Food Tech classes, quizzes and competitions where there will often be a prize for the winner(s). Etc. Etc.
I will always include stuff that you yourselves come to tell me about - it might be that you have heard or read or found out something about food that is worth posting on this blog.
Mr Langton often gives me cuttings from newspapers or magazines; some recommend food programmes on the TV worth watching or some have articles on food or just good recipes. I include these in the blog.
Over the next few weeks one or two year 8's are going to have a go at writing some of the blog. Before the summer break they researched potatoes and have quite a lot of interesting things to say about them! At the bottom of this particular blog there is a 'Chip Quiz'. I devised it for my cub scout pack to do - we had a chip night one evening and, along with tasting a selection of chips from different shops and rating them for taste, appearance, moreish-ness, value for money etc., the cubs had a go at the quiz in teams and found it quite fun.
If you print off the quiz and write in the answers, then bring it back to me, I will give a little prize to the best entry - and it won't be a potato or a bag of chips!
This week in food tech the year 9's were busy making savoury plaits, chocolate brownies and chilli chicken with noodles. If there is time at the end of the day's lesson we play a game called ARTICULATE. It is actually a proper board game that you can buy, but this is a Mrs Phillips version. Articulate is like a spoken version of Pictionary - when it's your turn, you have to articulate (describe verbally) the item that is on your card, and everyone else has to guess it and shout out the answer. Boys have to see if they can successfully articulate several items before the egg timer runs out of sand. You can't use any of the words on your card in your description or mime it, or do hand actions.
Could you articulate''' a CHEESE GRATER? QUORN? AN ELECTRIC WOK?
A MEASURING JUG? It's harder than it seems, as the pupils are finding out!
The best competitors by far are Mrs Phillips (11 items in the time) and Mrs Wheeler, the technician who manages about the same number. The boys usually manage about 6 or 7. I am about to think up a number of words that are verbs connected with cooking eg. beating, whisking, rolling, baking, chopping, stirring etc.
This wll give the contestants a different kind of category to articulate, and as they will all be 'doing' words rather than nouns. The temptation will be even greater to mime the action, which is dis-allowed!
I have a good book at home called CLASSIC CLASSROOM CLANGERS - a hilarious collection of funny anecdotes from the world of education. Here are a few answers to exam questions in Home Economics/Food Tech ....
Q How would you keep milk from going sour?
A Leave it in the cow.
Q What is rhubarb?
A A kind of celery gone bloodshot.
Q If a person is feeling ill, why should they not be serving food?
A Because it is dangerous for deceased people to carry hot food.
Q Give an example of unacceptable food hygiene.
A If you find a bird dropping on a table it's not all right to eat it.
And some quotes in homework........
If you want to be a cookery teacher you must spend a lot of time cooking yourself.
An oyster is a fish built like a nut.
If teeth are not cleaned, plague is the result.
To cook ears of corn ( fresh sweetcorn cobs ) - spread ears lightly with peanut butter. Place on grill, turning until done -about 10 minutes. Or let everyone grill his own ears, using long skewers to do so.
Keeping the food under cover is the first step towards ridding your house of aunts.
And finally, a few tips from a book called TRADE SECRETS, FOOD AND DRINK:-
* To make onions brown more quickly when frying them, add a pinch of sugar. They also taste scrummy and slightly caramelized.
* to make rice bright white, squeeze some lemon juice into the water while boiling
* To stop fruit in a bowl from going mouldy, place a piece of kitchen roll in the bottom of the dish to absorb all the moisture.
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW. BLOG IN NEXT WEEK FOR THE FIRST BLOG WRITTEN BY A YEAR 8 THAT WILL INCLUDE POTATO FACTS AND A RELEVANT COMPETITION.
QUIPS AND QUOTES on food
No man is lonely while eating spaghetti – it requires so much attention. Christopher Morley
I never see any home cooking. All I get is fancy stuff. Prince Phillip
The golden rule when reading the menu in a restaurant is, if you can’t pronounce it, you can’t afford it. Frank Muir