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Monday, November 16th, 2009

Recipe Videos

In June 2009, we conducted evaluation sessions with teachers of both primary and secondary aged children.  Teachers liked the fact that a number of our recipes were supported by video demonstrations, but said that while they were suitable for viewing on a computer screen they were too small to show to a whole class on a whiteboard.  We have subsequently enlarged all the Licence to Cook recipe videos on the Grain Chain site.  These include recipes for biscuits, breads (dinner rolls, Finnish fruit plait), savoury/sweet pancakes, muffins and pizzas.  Use our search function to find recipes with an accompanying video by clicking here.  If you have any comments or suggestions on the Grain Chain website that you would like to pass on please feel free to email us.


Elsewhere on the sitFranz on phone Image 18e we have a range of podcasts aimed at students aged 14-16 years old.  These cover issues such as food and values; diet and weight loss and food prices. 

In Food and Values, Franz explores some of the issues affecting consumers’ purchasing decisions and asks “in tough times will we put value for money before personal values?”  As part of the investigation Franz interviews the Food Ethics Council, an organic farmer and the Fairtrade Foundation before asking shoppers at his local supermarket what factors they consider when making food purchases.

Harvest – global perspective

In the last blog post we reported on this year’s harvest, where wheat production for the 2008/2009 season was estimated at 14.2 million tonnes.  From this crop it is eShip_200xpected that 1.5-2 million tonnes will be exported overseas.

  • The EU has seen another large harvest in 2009, with 136 million tonnes of wheat estimated to have been produced. This high level of production will lead to greater trade competition.
  • Globally, 667 million tonnes of wheat is estimated to be harvested in the 2009/10 season.
  • Growers with easy access to ports have a greater market opportunity for exporting their grain abroad. The main ports in England are Immingham, South Humberside; Tilbury, Essex and Southampton, Hampshire.
  • Between July-August, the UK exported 265 thousand tonnes of wheat, the majority of which has gone to Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. These countries use UK wheat for bread making e.g. barra gallega and flama bread in Spain, to biscuits and feed wheat.

The 14-16 year old section explores the wheat market further.  You can discover how the wheat grown in the UK is utlisesd, how agricultural land in the UK is used and other related farming issues such as income, commodity prices and workforce.  To find out more click here.  

Diary Dates

WHAT:                  The Design and Technology (with ICT) Education Show

WHEN:                  19-21 November 2009

WHERE:                NEC, Birmingham


In its 20th year, the Design &Technology Show will be hosting a full programme of FREE educational and informative workshops and seminars with some of the most experienced people in the industry. The event will cover the latest Primary Curriculum Review and how to prepare for the changes; support for the compulsory Food curriculum; news about the new funding for Food rooms; new GCSEs and Diplomas; KS3 curriculum support; SEAL materials; and Digital D&T hands-on workshops.

The event boasts free entry, free parking and a free showguide.  To gain free entry you must pre-register.  Click here to be redirected.