By guest blogger KIM IRWIN
Tuesday 29 April saw the CGF team at an eco primary school in Ashton-under-Lyne, Canon Burrows. It was the earliest of starts in order to get set up and ready for … lots of coffee did the trick! We kicked off with year 3 and ran four workshops back to back throughout the morning with the entire year.
Maz showed the youngsters safe chopping skills and they all enjoyed preparing peppers, onions and tomatoes for our Mexican themed dishes. The fledgling chefs impressed us with their nutritional knowledge and could name all the food groups that, when combined, make for a healthy and well-balanced diet. Once the peppers and onions were chopped, Maz showed each group how to sautee using a spray oil to give the pan the lightest of coating and ensure a less greasy end result. The beans were enthusiastically mashed by each group and then combined with the peppers to create the quesadilla filling.
Wholemeal wraps were stuffed and then sprinkled with cheese and lightly toasted on each side to make a super crispy Mexican sandwich. The final part was making a fresh salsa and the young chefs made short work of chopping the fresh tomatoes, spring onions and coriander which was then drizzled with lime juice to make a zingy accompaniment to the quesadillas. Hungry mouths were soon satisfied and even those who weren't keen gave the dish a go - what more could we ask for?
These sessions were repeated in the afternoon with year 5 and, by the time came, both Maz and I were ready for a rest. It was a thoroughly lovely day with the teachers, volunteers and pupils of Canon Burrows school, and we really hope to work with them again in the not too distant future. Ooh and on the way out we spotted their very impressive green, living roof. A forward-thinking school with lots to offer its community!
There are more photos from the day on our Facebook page.