School meals aren’t what they used to be ~ and a brand new recipe booklet launched by school caterers, Educaterers, proves that, with fresh fruit kebabs on the menu, rather than semolina pudding!
The booklet has been developed by Educaterers to help pupils and their families to re-create some of the school meals they enjoy at home and encourage healthy eating.
Following requests for recipes from children across the county, Educaterers worked with the pupils and staff of Birchwood Primary School in Dordon, north Warwickshire, to test out and develop some of those included in the book ~ including Funny Face Pizzas.
The school’s Eco Club Councillors took part in a special cookery afternoon and also made fresh fruit kebabs and hand baked bread ~ a simple recipe for which is included in the booklet, which can be used as a base for the pizza.
Other recipes included are Chef’s Sausage Rolls with a Twist and Fantastic Fish Cakes, as well as a prize-winning recipe from School Chef of the Year finalist, Tanya Malone, an Educaterers school cook at Southam Primary School.
Tanya’s Chilli Chicken Fritta with Coconut Spinach wowed the judges from LACA (the Lead Association for Catering in Education) to win her the West Midlands School Chef of the Year title and make her a national finalist earlier this year.
For those with a sweet tooth, there are also recipes for Up-beet Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Drizzle Cake.
Terry Tredget, Director of Catering at Educaterers said: “We love it when children tell us they want to recreate our dishes at home, which is why we’ve created our first recipe book that encourages healthy eating alongside a lifelong appetite for cooking and nutrition. Good food should be fun to make and enjoy.”
Educaterers ~ who have taken over delivery of school meals from Warwickshire County Council ~ serve up over 120,000 nutritious tasty meals in schools and colleges every week.
The booklets will be handed out to pupils at the 195 schools that Educaterers serve, and is also free to download from the Educaterers website: www.educaterers.co.uk.