The Grain Chain

Archive for September, 2010

Happy Harvest!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

 apple muffinsMake the most of British Food Fortnight!

It’s British Food fortnight between 20 September and 3 October. Why not make the most of Britain’s fantastic seasonal produce by trying out some of our recipes? They are graded according to their difficulty and can easily be done in the classroom or at home.

You could try our recipe for apple muffins

You could always add some wild blackberries to the recipe as these are readily available in hedgerows across the UK. After some careful washing they’ll be ready to use and of course… they’re free! You may want to remind children never to pick and eat any berries without an adult present or without being 100% sure that they are edible.

Did you know… there are over 1200 native apples for eating, cooking, as well as for cider and apple juice making and crab apples for pickling. Despite this, most growers concentrate on a few commercially proven varieties.

Alternatively, if you are after a savoury, or main meal option, then why not try making our veggie crumble ? You could substitute the suggested vegetables for more seasonal British varieties. These include broccoli, carrots, courgette, leeks and peppers. Why not introduce more exotic vegetables that children may not have tried before such as pumpkin, butternut squash and aubergine?

Harvest is over

Most of our farmers have now harvested their wheat, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explain to your class what happens next. We have ready-made resources aimed at different age groups which teach children about how the grain is harvested, milled and baked. These include worksheets, information sheets, interactive whiteboard activities, quizzes, games and videos!

We’ve collated a few here that you might want to try out but there is lots more on the website so why not have a browse!

For 5 to 7 year olds:

Worksheet about what happens to grain from field to fork

For 7 to 11 year olds:

• An interactive whiteboard activity introducing the grain chain

For 11 to 14 year olds:

Find out what happens after the harvest

For 14 to 16 year olds:

Find out about every aspect of the Grain Chain

Children can have a taste adventure!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 has teamed up with Slow Food UK to offer you the chance to take your class or child on an exciting taste adventure where they can squish strawberries, crunch carrots or get to grips with grain.

The Taste Adventure is a free of charge, simple but fun activity aimed at four to 10 year olds (but loved just as much by the big kids among us) which teaches children to think about food in greater detail. Budding young taste adventurers are given a passport at the start of their inspiring journey through five interactive zones- each engaging one of our five senses- taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight. Each zone enables them to explore, interact and make new food discoveries through a series of challenges. Can they tell the difference between sweet, savoury, sour and bitter tastes? Have they ever listened to the sound that their food makes? (We’re not talking about the snap, crackle and pop of their breakfast cereal here but more the crunch of freshly baked bread or the squishy, slurpy noise when they eat cucumber). Are they brave enough to put their hand into the unknown and guess what food stuff is in the bag, using only their sense of touch?

When they successfully complete their journey through each zone, children receive a stamp on their passport, which they then take home as proof that they have successfully completed their quest.

The Taste Adventure is coming to lots of different events around the country, so be sure to keep checking out our blog for details.