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Taste buds were tingling for the P5-7’s at Forth Primary on Monday 23rd April!

The Co-operative Kitchen

See more photographs from the event on our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cets/sets/72157629546873002/

The local Co-operative had arranged for their cookery demonstration unit to be erected in the school and Fi Bird  of Stirrin’ Stuff (a former MasterChef finalist) to come and work with the pupils to explore and create and make some interesting healthy  food. The pupils had the opportunity to take part in cooking chicken, making cous cous and chopping a wide variety of vegetables to combine them into a tasty , but healthy dish, which everyone then got to taste.  Participants were encouraged to try foods they had previously not  eaten or thought they didn’t like and the overwhelming view was a “thumbs up” from the pupils.

Throughout the event, the P5-7 pupils were encouraged to think about healthy eating and lifestyles as well as how to make sure their cooking skills met with health and safety guidelines… this meant regular hand washing and the wearing of aprons and a chefs hat! Finger licking (of their own fingers!), however was encouraged, especially when they experimented with rhubarb smoothies, yoghurt and honey!

The Co-operative Education Trust Scotland were supporting the day of healthy eating and living, by showing the pupils their new online resource  “The Co-operative Farm to Food Cycle”.  This gave the P5-7’s  the opportunity to explore where their food comes from, how it is processed and what happens to any waste.  Looking at what we do with our waste from the food industry will be explored further by Jonathan Kneeshaw form Zero waste Scotland, when he visits the classes at Forth Primary next week.

The Co-operative are keen to encourage communities to  shop local, buy seasonal and reduce our waste  as well as our carbon footprint – the average family throws away nearly £500 worth of food a year!

After these sessions in Forth Primary, perhaps the next generation of young people can show us how to make healthier and less wasteful food choices.  Looking at these young people, – happier choices as well!

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