Friday 15th May 2015 was a cracker. Last year was epic, this year was better. With even more people joining in the fight for food education around the world, the message is really starting to sink in and get traction.
Planning started a while back and provided the opportunity to engage more broadly across the community. Thanks to the admirable philosophy and wonderful generosity of our friends at Whole Foods Market in Cheltenham, we managed to orchestrate a great day for the children of St. James’ Primary School, have some fun, and pass on some vital food education skills.
The guys at Whole Foods really outdid themselves; we had the most beautiful ingredients to play with and the children were super-impressed. We literally wouldn’t have been able to run the class without them.
So. After an early pick-up my little helper and I headed to the school and met the children. 30 11-year-olds greeted us with smiling faces and numerous (intelligent) questions and the odd “Have you met Jamie Oliver?”…
Alas we couldn’t play the cook-along video the big man recorded or even the catchy music video due to standard school restrictions on social media sites, but thankfully our thoughtful and resourceful teacher Sarah Wagstaff had made contingency plans and printed the recipe cards. Colour no less!
What’s that? Music video? … Ed Sheeran, Hugh Jackman, Professor Green, Alesha Dixon, Jamie Cullum, George The Poet, Paul McCartney … What the what what! #respect
Did we make a mess? Yes. Did we learn anything? Yes. Did we have fun? Yes. Were the children awesome? Yes!
We walked through the recipe in stages with each ingredient and ended with a room full of satisfied customers. It’s fair to say that everyone was rather surprised at just how tasty this little sandwich is.
My personal highlight was watching my 4-year-old daughter Winter demonstrate how to pod peas to the class. Bless.
Great work from Jamie’s Food Foundation on developing a recipe that was so accessible to the masses, fun to make and delicious to boot!
The foundations are in place, now lets keep building; every day is Food Revolution Day.