During the Lockdown school closure period, students showed excellent problem solving, initiative and resilience, several of our school Employability skills. They responded amazingly to work set online and soon my email box was full of images of creations that students had made at home! A range of new culinary skills were developed and other, existing skills were practised and honed. Students tried their hand at lots of dishes- such as family meals consisting of healthy eating ingredients, meals that used a maximum of 5 ingredients due to limited availability of ingredients, several cultural dishes such as tuna niçoise, tartiflette, fruit galette, then there was pavlova, mug cakes, pasta salad, blondies, victoria sponge cake and many more! Although many students sent in work and rose to the weekly food challenge there were a group of students who consistently applied themselves and sent work in every week- often trying out different variations of the same recipe.
These students were rewarded for their consistent effort and application with a certificate and prize when returning to school in September. The prizes were baking-themed to encourage students to continue to develop their passion for food and cooking at home. Students were given some recipe cards for some more complex dishes to further extend their skills. It has been great to see that these students have continued to send in photos of their work this term too including dishes that they have created using their baking equipment and recipe cards. Further prizes will be presented to students for excellence in Food this term.