Due to staffing we do not have a teacher especially for home economics this year. Class teachers will be taking cookery classes and teaching all about diet and healthy living. These topics are part of the personal care PLU in the Junior Cycle programme which all teachers in the senior school will be delivering. There are lots of recipes on this blog that you can download and practice at home.
This week the pupils had an opportunity to make and sample the well known Mexican dish Chilli con Carne. It proved to be popular with a lot of the pupils. They used the same skills in preparing the vegetables and in frying the food that they had used to prepare the bolognaise sauce last week.
We located Mexico on the world map and looked at the flag and traditional dress. We also listened to some lively Mexican music as we cooked. Chilli is easy to make and is very nutritious. Download the slideshow of the recipe and help your child try it out at home.
Irish people have really taken to Italian food. Last week some of the pupils made the all time favourite spaghetti bolognaise. Those who missed out because I was at a course or because they were at a Special Olympic event will have an opportunity to make it this week.
During the course of the class they will learn a little about Italy.
Other pupils will make a pasta bake using the same skills and a lot of the same ingredients required for spaghetti bolognaise.
Last week we made strawberry cheesecakes. I hope some people had a chance to sample from the portions that pupils took home.
We used a recipe from Just Look and Cook which is a recipe book published by Eileen Kirrane and has visual representations of all the steps in preparing easy recipes. I have mentioned tis book before and I would recommend it for use at home by our pupils.
This week we will be using a recipe for traditional trifle from a slightly better known cook- Delia Smith. Again there are lots of recipes and videos available on www.deliaonline.com which could be used with pupils at home.
Pupils got to make this simple tasty dish this week.It is a variation on the traditional bread and butter pudding - the main difference being that there is no butter! This of course makes it a healthier option . Some pupils tasted the finished product in school. There were mixed reactions with some saying they loved it and others not so sure.
We are back in the kitchen after Easter. This month we are going to make some nice simple desserts. We have started this week with a fresh fruit salad which is a tasty and healthy dessert option. Pupils have been identifying fruits that can be included this dish and they have all have had the opportunity to have a taste after lunch in school. They have had lots of practice peeling and slicing the various fruits.
Nuggets and chips are a favourite fast food choice for a lot of pupils. They are easy to make at home where you can reduce the fat, eliminate salt.and know where the chicken came from. We have made these before in school and almost every pupil likes them.
The recipes are in the cookery folders.
Most children and teenagers love burgers, pizzas, chicken nuggets, chips and all the nice things available in fast food restaurants. While these foods can be very tasty they do tend to contain a lot of salt, sugar and fat- all things we need to cut down on.
This month in class we will be making home made healthy versions of popular fast food.
We started this week with Spicy Bean Burgers and so far they have been very well received by almost all pupils. They are cheap and quick to make as you will see if you download the recipe