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Archive for March, 2010

Happy Easter from

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Have you entered our Inspire! competition?

You’ve only got a couple of weeks left to enter our competition to win £1500 for your school. It’s simple to enter – all you have to do is submit an inspiring lesson plan based around cooking with flour. Take a look on to find out more and download an entry form.

It’s Easter!

We all know and love hot cross buns but what is the history and tradition behind them?

hot_cross buns

Some people used to believe that a hot cross bun eaten on Good Friday (the day that Jesus was crucified) would protect their homes from fire. Some Christians believe that the cross on the top of the bun represents the cross that Jesus died on.

Did you know…?

Every year on Good Friday, a hot cross bun ceremony takes place at The Widow’s Son pub in London. A Royal Navy sailor hangs a bun from one of the old wooden beams. A religious service then takes place which is followed by singing and drinking. But why do they do this? The story is that a widow and her only son who was a sailor in the Navy lived in a cottage on the site of the pub. He was due to return home on Good Friday (said to be in 1824) and had asked his mother to bake him some hot cross buns. Sadly he never returned.

But every Good Friday from then on, his mother had a new bun waiting for him. She kept all of the buns from previous years and when she died, the buns were found hanging from a beam in her cottage.

Time is running out to enter Inspire! and St Patrick’s Day is coming

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Have you entered our Inspire! competition?

There’s just over a month to go so don’t forget to send us your entries by 20 April to be in with a chance of winning £1500 for your school. Take a look on to find out more and download an entry form.

St Patrick’s Day is on Wednesday 17 March

On 17 March, the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. HistorIrish soda breadians know that he was born to wealthy parents at the end of the 4th century. It is thought that he died around 17 March 460 A.D.

For several years he was held captive by Irish raiders and it was during this time that he became a devout Christian. He tried to incorporate native Irish beliefs into the religion to encourage people to follow it, for example, lighting a bonfire to celebrate Easter as traditionally the Irish honoured their gods with fire.

Why don’t you join in the celebrations and bake some Irish soda bread? You can find the recipe here.

Super tip!

Try adding two teaspoons of cinnamon, one teaspoon of nutmeg and half a teaspoon of allspice for a spicy treat, or adding currants or herbs.

Important dates for your diary

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Have you reserved your tickets for the Education Show 2010?  Now in its 20th year the show will take place between 4-6 March at the NEC Birmingham.  For further information and to register visit

With less than two months to go, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter the Inspire! competition!  With a closing date of 20 April, now is the perfect opportunity to enter this exciting competition to ensure your school is in with a chance to win a prize of £1500.  It is extremely simple to enter, and to find out more and download an entry form visit

Mothering Sunday 14 March has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century.  It is a time when children say thank you to their mothers by giving them a gift and a card or perhaps take them breakfast in bed.  Did you know that Mothering Sunday is also sometimes known as Simnel Sunday because of the tradition of baking Simnel cakes?

This year Mothering Sunday is on 14 March but is not on a fixed date each year because it is always the middle Sunday in Lent (which lasts from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter Sunday).  Around the world, the most popular date for celebrating Mother’s day is the second Sunday in May, but many countries have their own traditions with different dates.

For more ideas on the perfect breakfast click on the recipes below:

Scrambled egg and bacon baskets

Fruity porridge