Pop-Up-Kitchen & Group Learning

A busy day at Kirkcaldy High School for the Good Food Champs on Saturday. In the pop up kitchen we tried our hand at homemade muesli, carrot cake porridge, veal olives, vegetarian Scotch eggs, pea/basil/spinach/kale pestos and plantain dishes. Phew! We then shared our group presentations on Growing and Healthy Eating, Food Journeys and Food…

Global Food

Sharing global food and laughs at East Plean Primary school at the Good Food Champs twilight session. Damper BBQ bread from Australia, spelt quiche with salmon and asparagus, kale salad with pomegranate dressing,  gingerbread muffins, quinoa salad and pear and choc pudding were some of the delights on offer. We all tried something new to…

Better Eating Better Learning

Kirsten set the scene to our online session on Wednesday 27th March by displaying the picture to encourage thinking. This was followed by an overview of Better Eating Better Learning highlighting previous documentation that we will all be familiar with. Explaining how things have evolved as in 2007 when butter was a no – no…

Love Food Hate Waste

Although Eleanor was probably preaching to the converted last Wednesday it was still staggering to think that 1/3 of the world’s food is wasted.  As a Home Economist running a department on a shoe string budget wasting food is a cardinal sin.  I was surprised to learn however that households and not shops and supermarkets…

Scotch Beef and Two Loaves of Bread!

Wednesday was an eventful evening when everyone had finally found a car parking space and our school! Jennifer Robertson, Quality Meat Scotland led us through a session on Scotch Firstly we learnt the need to familiarise ourselves with the wealth of food labels – what they mean, the welfare standards, the payment to be part…

Christmas is coming….

We are partnering up with a range of other food education organisations to deliver two events for teachers on topical food issues.  One event is based in Aberdeen and the other East Kilbride. We will be making mincemeat, hearing about Christmas ingredients and issues like foodmiles, sustainability and production.  There will also be the opportunity…

Filleting fun!

On Wednesday we were joined by Seafish who after a talk around fish sustainability worked with us on demonstrating mackerel filleting. After watching, it was time to get involved.  The fish were fantastically fresh (thanks for Alva fishmonger) and we all filleted mackerel to take home for tea.  We also cooked a sample fillet to…

Fun on the farm(s)

October has certainly been a busy month for the Good Food Champions! On October 7th we all met at Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop, a thriving cafe, shop and award winning craft butchers (hard to believe they have only been open a year as there was a steady stream of clientele as early as 9am)….

What Allota Fun!!

So, I’ve finally managed to get my act together and get this blog written for our session on the 4th of October at Viewforth High School. It was an interesting session looking at seasonality/local produce and the definition from DEFRA. I think I can safely say we were all a little taken aback by the…

‘Every Day is a Learning Day’

Today was the 2nd instalment of our course and it was delivered online. The first part focussed on the New Zealand Flat Worm that is having a detrimental effect across the UK, in particularly on the earth worm, which in turn has a knock on effect upon the soil and land. We learned that we…

Local teachers recognised in food education

Teachers from Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Dumbarton and Argyll schools have become the second cohort of teachers in Scotland to gain Good Food Champions professional recognition awarded by The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The newly accredited teachers were part of the programme’s ‘soil to plate’ journey.  This covered all aspects of food education, from planting…

Good Food Champions 2017-18

Today was the first meet for the Good Food Champions 2017-18 held at Stirling Castle.  We had a great day meeting some of the partners we will be working with throughout the year; Russell from The Rowett, Kirsten from Food for Life Scotland, Moira from Food and Drink Federation Scotland, Nicki from National Museum Scotland, Jennifer…