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Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 10 Feb 2013 19:48

Like the sound of your packed lunch Muffy, remember it is hard to think of different things each day.



StrayKitten Report 10 Feb 2013 19:51

fromais frais/yogurts,
cheese crackers
dunkers if im feeling lazy,
frozen crab sticks, they defrsot by lunchtime keeping his things cool
i am norty n i somtimes sneak him a little kinder stick in haha but only because he wont eat a choclate biscuts or cakes and his friends genrally have those,


Muffyxx Report 10 Feb 2013 19:56

Hadn't thought of that with the crab sticks Stray ....nice one !!!


maggiewinchester Report 10 Feb 2013 19:57

My children took packed lunches as I (a dinner lady) saw what the 'pizza' was made of - a pizza base, tomato ketchup and Kraft cheese slices!
School kitchens (where 'proper' meals used to be made), were removed in the 1980's.
At Secondary school, the dinners tend to be 'pick & choose' - so a child could choose a very unhealthy meal.

Domestic Science, when my two were at school was called 'Food Technology', and consisted of, over 4 weeks, getting a pizza box (difficult for me, as we never ate shop bought ones), studying it, looking at the ingredients, and then designing a pizza box!!
What a waste of time!
ALL children should learn how to make meals from scratch, know different cuts of meat, types of fish, herbs etc, and learn about nutrition.
...and it should be called 'Domestic Science' again - to give it some gravitas, it should be a GCSE and count as a science subject.


StrayKitten Report 10 Feb 2013 20:54

the frube type fromage frais can be frozen too, again keeps the food nice n chilled and defrosts by lunch lol, x

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 10 Feb 2013 22:00

Trouble is some children leave school unable to read so not much chance of them being able to cook.

Carol :-(


Muffyxx Report 11 Feb 2013 00:07

I shall most likely be shot down in flames here..but some children just don't DO this phonics eldest didn't......she'd at 12, still be struggling to read to this day if I hadn't ignored the teachers and taught her the way I was taught.

There's very little wriggle room with teaching methods these days...and one size does NOT fit all !


SylviaInCanada Report 11 Feb 2013 00:39

YES ..................

horse meat was eaten during and after WW2 ......................

it was one of the very few meats that was not rationed.

There used to be special butchers that dealt with horse meat ................ my mother would buy it, and then make a stew out of it. It was very tasty

You did not buy from the ordinary butcher ............. I guess there were regulations ........ and this meant that it was not mixed with beef.

Then there would be the Game and Fish shop ................... where you could buy rabbit, to use in stews or braised.

I think that market died out after the rabbits were given myxomatosis in the late 1950s to kill them all off.

Horse meat is also eaten in Europe ................. in 2006, we were taken to a very high class, expensive restaurant in a small village in Switzerland. Their "signature" dish was kebabs that you cooked yourself over a little stove that was brought to your table.

The options were veggies plus beef, pork, chicken, or horse meat ;;;;;;;;;;;;; and the horse meat was why most people went there.

Again, it was delicious.

The problem that you guys have is that the manufacturers of all those pre-prepared meals were not honest with the ingredients they used.


LadyScozz Report 11 Feb 2013 01:53

My brother gives cooking lessons.

A friend of his (who works for an company that makes electric frypans, kettles etc) saw a need for teaching "single again" older men.

That was a few years ago. Now the classes are a mixture ~ a few older men (who don't know how to boil water) but mainly young men & women who have left home, and don't know how to cook!

As for packed lunches...... I went to school in Scotland and Australia. I hated "school dinners" in Scotland, most of the time I went home for lunch. In Australian schools there is usually a "canteen", the lunches vary from school to school. I used to take a packed lunch in winter, but in summer the sandwiches were a bit "off" by lunchtime, so I would buy my lunch.

I did "domestic science" at school, but my Mother taught me how to cook!


Penny Report 11 Feb 2013 06:41

I was, until recently a schoo cook. I can assure you, no horse meat was knowingly served
The cooking got a little boring if I am honest - you had to cook exactly what you were told.

Because the menu as prepared at a central office by a nutritionalist. I can assure you , they were not employed for the sake of it. We provided the right mix of food, inc carbs. which children do need for energy,


DIZZI Report 11 Feb 2013 08:06



♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 11 Feb 2013 08:59

If you want to see what lunches are available at schools near you, try looking here, you may get a shock.

Most schools in my area charge £2 a day at Primary & £2.10 at secondary, for this main meal. (Free meals for those children who are eligible)

My Grandson up to this year would check what was on offer for each day & take packed lunch on the days when he did not like anything on offer. Now he has school lunches as he likes the hot & cold salad bar.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 11 Feb 2013 09:44

Its all very well saying 'ban packed lunches' but not all parents could afford the cost if every one of their children had to purchase school ones.

Carol is quoting £2 per day, so that's £10 pw. 2 children at primary school and thats £20 for the parent to find. If you have a fussy eater, at least a home-packed lunch means they have something during the day.

Our local Secondary school is an Academy and having eaten there on at least one occassion produces very good main meals or filling snacks. Their website says that a student can buy a main and a pudding for £2.50. Good value if you can afford it!

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 11 Feb 2013 10:21

I think the cost is reasonable as it is a main meal, the packed lunch many children have is equivalent to what they could be given in the evening when they get home.

I also know that some of the so called healthy fromage frais contain a lot of sugar, it is worth checking.

I was actually quite shocked at what some children had in their lunch boxes when I was working at a Pre-school.

There were several that had the same every day:
A jam/chocolate spread sandwich
A packet of crisps
A chocolate biscuit
A small bag of sweets

My award for a sensible packed lunch went to one Mum who always sent her son with:
A small pot of meat/fish
Small slices of bread & butter/crackers or a pot of cooked pasta
A small pot containing raw vegetables... carrot sticks, celery, tomato etc.
A piece of fruit or a fruit salad in a pot.
No 2 days were alike, it was always "What have you got today?"


Paula+ Report 11 Feb 2013 10:54

I used to love school dinners but that was a long long time ago. I understand that not all school meals are now cooked on the premises. My son hated his school dinners, so I began giving him packed lunches. We always used to cook together when he was at home, and he is now a superb cook.
My 4 1/2 year old grandson takes packed lunches. I asked him last week what he had eaten at school.
He said
Lemon curd sandwich
Slices of spicy sausage
Sticks of cucumber & Carrots
A banana
One chocolate biscuit
A bit of a strange mix, but he has become a rather picky eater so DIL varies it to give him what likes and knows he will eat.


Kathlyn Report 11 Feb 2013 11:30

Multi grain bread used in sandwiches is a good route to take, along with washed carrot and celery cut into fingers. a few cubes of cheese and a some grapes or orange segments make a nice finish to a packed lunch. Sadly, children are not introduced to raw vegetables nowdays, so this could be a none starter.



Janet Report 11 Feb 2013 11:32

We had beef every week for our Sunday roast and occasionally when it appeared to be tough my father always said the same thing.....
.......this has pulled many a canal barge. .......

I have omitted the expletives and as I couldn't understand why a cow would pull a barge it took a few years for the penny to drop.-jl


Paula+ Report 11 Feb 2013 11:33

I agree Kay, one of our grandchildren will only eat raw vegetables.


Muffyxx Report 11 Feb 2013 11:44

I have a bowl of carrot and celery sticks in my fridge....i tell the girls..they are absolutely NOT to be picked at they're there for my they disappear..LOLOLOL if i gave them the green light to eat them eldest would not touch them.(youngest would because she'd have fruit/veg over anything else anyhow.)


DazedConfused Report 11 Feb 2013 12:27

During both wars meat was scarce and horsemeat (probablly old nags) was sold openly by butchers. But all who remember will tell you the worst was Whalemeat.

My dad and grandparents regularly talked about the awful meat they ate during the war.

This may be why I and the rest of my family were and are so fond of veggies!