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Archive for April, 2010

Inspire! competition update

Friday, April 30th, 2010

An additional star studded prize for the winner!

With only days to go before the closing date of the Inspire! competition, we can confirm that yet another fantastic prize has been added for the overall winner.  Not only will the winning teacher get a cheque for £1500 for their school, but in addition to this Paul Hollywood, celebrity baker has agreed to visit the winning school to take part in a baking masterclass.  If you are lucky enough to win, Paul will talk to pupils about how he became interested in baking and students will get the chance to ask him questions and will learn how to whip up some tasty and healthy flour based snacks. To find out more about the competition and to enter, visit www.grainchain.com/inspire.

To find out more about Paul Hollywood and his artisan bakery, take a look at www.paulhollywood.com.

School Farm Fair fun

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Did you come to the School Farm and Country Fair in Ipswich on Wednesday 21st April?

It was a great Anthony Kindred school farm fairday out for children and grown-ups alike with a wide variety of interesting displays and stands. There was no chance of going hungry as our young visitors learnt how to make bread rolls with the Grain Chain team and our master baker, Anthony Kindred. Our grain art stand, where children could make pictures using a variety of different grains, also proved popular with the schools who visited the fair.

If you didn’t get the chance to come, why not try our recipe for bread rolls which can be found by clicking here: www.grainchain.com/Recipes/bread-rolls.

Bank holiday activities for children

The early spring bank holiday is only a week away and the weather looks set to be great so why not spend some time outdoors. Activities such as Frisbee or kwik cricket are great fun for all the family- why not pack a picnic and make a day of it?

Baking is also a fantastic way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Our recipe section on the website, www.grainchain.com/Recipes has some great, easy to make, recipes ranging from tasty treats and cool snacks to brilliant breakfasts and yummy meals. Why not try them out?

Short of cash? Did you know that many museums and art galleries in London are free? If on the other hand you fancy something a bit more lively, there are loads of vouchers about for theme parks and other attractions. An internet search for vouchers should do the trick. Make sure you take a healthy packed lunch with you to avoid the expensive, shop bought options.

You now have even longer to submit your Inspire! Entries

We’ve extended the deadline for entries to 5 May, so you now have even longer to perfect your lesson plans and send them to us for your chance to win £1500 for your school. See www.grainchain.com/inspire for more information.

Inspire! competition – deadline extended!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Deadline for Inspire! competition extended…

You now have even more time to enter our Inspire! competition to win £1500 for your school. Given the current situation with the ash cloud, which is currently sitting over the UK and much of Europe, we realise that some teachers may find it hard to get their entries to us by the original closing date of 20 April. We’ve therefore extended the deadline to Wednesday 5 May. Visit www.grainchain.com/inspire for more information.

Only nine days left to enter our competition and win £1500!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Don’t miss the chance to win £1500 for your school

You have just nine days to enter our Inspire! Competition for a chance to win £1500 for your school! Entries need to be received no later than 20 April. The winner and five finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony and BBQ lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on 25 June where celebrity baker Paul Hollywood will be giving a baking demonstration so you could learn from one of the best! Take a look on www.grainchain.com/competition to find out more and download an entry form.

Are you going to the School Farm and Country Fair?

It’s the 10th anniversary of the School Farm and Country Fair, which is taking place on 21 April at Trinity Park, Ipswich. Since it began in 2001, more than 40,000 7–9 year olds have enjoyed getting their hands dirty and learning about where their food comes from. The Grain Chain will be there on the day doing a baking demonstration where children can get involved and make bread rolls with us. Children will also be able to make grain art. To find out more visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk. We hope to see you there!

St George’s Day is on Friday 23 April

St George is the Patron Saint of England. He is believed to have been born in A.D. 270 in Cappadocia, which is now known as Eastern Turkey. At the age of 17 he joined the Roman army, where he was known for his bravery. Although he served under a pagan emperor, he never forgot his Christian faith and when the emperor began persecuting Christians, he pleaded with him to stop. The emperor ignored his pleas and it is thought that St George was tortured before being beheaded in Palestine on 23 April A.D. 303.

Did you know…?

  • That St George is also the patron saint of several different countries including Ethiopia, Albania, Greece, Portugal and Russia as well as cities including Beirut, Genoa and Moscow. St Georges Day was a major feast and national holiday in England from the 15th century which was oRoast beef and yorkshire pudn a par with Christmas. However this tradition stopped in the 18th century.

Super suggestion…

Why not celebrate by creating your own feast? You could cook traditional English food such as roast beef and Yorkshire puddings or steak and kidney pie.