SCILT are thrilled to announce that they are once again working in partnership with City of Glasgow College to host LinguaChef competition. It brings together two of their favourite topics – languages and food! As well as practising linguistic and culinary skills, pupils will work on their wider social, literacy, numeracy and financial skills.
Pupils from P1 – S6 are invited to …
The 24th February to 2nd March is officially Cornish Pasty week. In fact on the 2nd of March it is the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Centre.
What is a Cornish Pasty?
Pasties are pies, in that the meat and veg (traditionally, more on that later) is encased in pastry. In the case of a Cornish Pasty this must be a circle of pastry folded over and crimped together along the edge forming the traditional crescent shape.
The History Bit
Cornish pastoes go way back to the 13th century when they were the provence of rich people. They would be filled with seafood, beef, veneson, lamb or even eels in a rich gravy. It was not until this kind of eating had gone out of favour with the upper classes and in the 17th and 18th century that the Cornish pasty became the food of the workers.
They were the perfect filling lunch for miners who were working all day in dreadful conditions underground. In many cases the pastry of the pasty would be there as a lunch box and could be so hard it could survive falling down a mine shaft! You see these were lead mines and the lead on the hands of the miners touching the outer pastry would make it poisonous which is why it would be discarded. If you wrapped your pasty in a cloth you could eat the casing as well.
What’s in it?
Traditionally the pasty should contain no less than 25% meat with the rest of the filling made up of potatoes, onions and swede. This filling would actually be cooked inside the pastry casing so all the juices came together as a gravy.
Of course other filllings are possible, anything goes really as long as you are not sticking to the traditional recipe. Some pasties (even back in the mines) would have the savoury filling at one end and a piece of pastry in the centre creating a division and in the other half would be dried fruit, apple or anything sweet as a dessert. The outer pastry casing would …
Every year the Fairtrade Fortnight has a theme and this year it is all about the people we should be thinking about who are producing our food and most particularly the women. The tag line this year is She Deserves. For example; She deserves a doctor, She deserves to eat, She deserves clean water, She deserves a living wage.
Let’s take cocoa for example, the main ingredient in our favourite treat – chocolate!
Much of the cocoa for chocolate comes from the Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa and £1.98 is the estimated amount a cocoa farmer needs to earn each day to live. Currently the typical cocoa farmer only earns 78p per day, can you even imagine that?
For women the situation is even worse, not only do they have to plant, tend and harvest the cocoa beans but they also have to fetch and carry water and wood for their families every day. Cook and clean and care for their children as well. All that for less than a pound a day.
Fairtrade want everyone to have a Living Income. What is a living income? A living income is making enough money each day for a simple yet dignified life, a human right. Enugh money for basic food, for clean water, for medical attention when required. All the things that we in the west …
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At 12pm today (Wednesday 19 December), Food Standards Scotland will film a frozen turkey defrosting in the fridge live on Facebook.
Although it will hardly be a Christmas blockbuster, we believe this will be a quirky way to show the potential health risks of failing to defrost your turkey properly.
A turkey needs 10-12 hours per kg to fully defrost in the fridge meaning even a small bird of four kg will require nearly two full days to defrost before cooking.
If defrosting in a cool room allow three to four hours per kg. Do not defrost your turkey at room temperature.
Dr Jacqui McElhiney, Food Standards Scotland, said:
“Our live stream shows just how long it can take to defrost your turkey and the need to safely prepare and cook your Christmas meal.
“We’re joining in the festive fun as nothing spoils Christmas like food poisoning, and highlighting the serious point on how long it takes to fully defrost a turkey.
“You should work out defrosting times in advance, so you know how much time to allow. If it’s still partially frozen, recommended cooking times won’t be long enough to cook it thoroughly. This means bacteria that cause food poisoning could survive …
Registration is now open for our Gaelic medium, free, online food course for primary school teachers – A’ teagasg mu bhiadh sa bhun-sgoil: carson, dè agus ciamar (Teaching food in primary – the why, what and how).
The course is also available for Scottish teachers in English medium.
Here is a direct link to register for the Gaelic medium course: https:// …
FSS launches consultation on proposals to improve food eaten outside of the home in Scotland.
Foods eaten outside of home are skewed towards less healthy options, which are often high in calories.
Proposed measures focus on calorie reduction across the sector with the aim of maintaining choice and availability of favourite foods.
Proposals include smaller portion sizes, an increase in fruit and vegetables, provision of calorie and nutrition information for consumers, shifting the focus of deals and promotions from unhealthy to healthier options and the role of the public sector as the exemplar.
There is public demand for change: 68% of people in Scotland believe cafés and restaurants should display calories on menus and 82% support greater availability of smaller and half portions of standard-sized menu items.
The consultation invites views on the impacts of the proposals for the people of Scotland.
The consultation responses will be used to provide recommendations to Ministers for an Out of Home strategy for Scotland.
Food Standards Scotland is inviting views from the public, the out of home food sector and all interested organisations on proposals to give the people of Scotland healthier options when they’re eating out.
The consultation, published today (22 November 2018), will be open for responses until 29 February 2019.
Improving the Scottish diet and helping Scotland become a healthier nation is a key priority for Food Standards Scotland. These proposals are aimed at promoting changes towards healthier versions of our favourite foods. They also promote the consumer’s right to information about the food they buy, as well as proposing improvements to food aimed at children and young people when eating out.
Many out of home options are skewed towards less healthy choices and large portion sizes, excess calories, added sugars and lack of …
Education Scotland has developed a new resource to help build practitioners’ confidence in delivering practical food education. Complemented with guidance and support, the resource will help early years and primary practitioners to evaluate their own practice and make the necessary connections with the world of work. Visit the resource on Glow. (login required)