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Introducing Children to Spices

As children grow up, they become fussy eaters. They only want to wear certain brands and listen to a particular type of music, you know the drill. Well, it’s the same with food; but only if you let them have their way!

As a parent, you’re in full control over what your child has to eat. However, from time to time this role will be reversed and you’ll find yourself giving into tantrums. What does this mean? Dessert will be allowed, even though the main meal has barely been touched. Vegetables will be left, and chips, and yet more chips, will be devoured.

This is when children start to become picky eaters. They’ll decide they no longer like peas and will insist on only eating their pasta if it comes with tomato ketchup. Why? Because they know they can get away with it.

But if you introduce a variety of flavours from a young age, you will find your child will be more accepting of different foods. It’s important to incorporate culinary spices and herbs into your child’s diet as early as you can.

You don’t want to feed your children anything too spicy at first, but if you start with a little spiced food on a regular basis, their pain receptors become pruned and become ‘food smart’. If you give your child fiery food often enough, they’ll get used to the spiciness and eventually, they’ll be wanting more.

So how can you familiarise your child with new flavours? Follow these rules and your child will be food smart in no time:

#1 Start Early
The earlier you expose your child to exotic flavours such as basil, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and turmeric, the better. This way, from a very young age your child can enjoy the same meals as you. Children love to be treated like adults; they spend their entire childhood replicating chores such as cooking and shopping through play. To eat the same meal as mum and dad is a triumph! Open up your child’s taste buds to different flavours through cooking with spices with them; but be sure to leave out the chilli….for now anyway!

#2 Practice What You Preach
It’s no good trying to persuade your child to eat something if you won’t eat it yourself.  Children can always sense trepidation in a parent so if you’re hesitant to try something, you’ve got no hope whatsoever of them trying it. Be sure to try new food and they’ll follow suit.

#3 Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Don’t completely abandon your child’s personal comfort zone, baby steps are essential when it comes to introducing your child to spices. There’s no point in rushing in with guns blazing, just work within your child’s limits. You know better than anyone how your child will react to strange and new experiences– if they’d prefer to dip sushi in ketchup rather than soy sauce, so be it. Take it in your stride that they are eating sushi in the first place!

So now you know how to introduce your child to new flavours, stock up on some herbs and spices and watch your children enjoy some exciting new food.

About the author: Just Ingredients 

‘We are passionate about culinary and botanical ingredients, seeking out the best herbs and spices from the top producers around the world’. 

Introducing Children to Spices

As children grow up, they become fussy eaters. They only want to wear certain brands and listen to a particular type of music, you know the drill. Well, it’s the same with food; but only if you let them have their way!

As a parent, you’re in full control over what your child has to eat. However, from time to time this role will be reversed and you’ll find yourself giving into tantrums. What does this mean? Dessert will be allowed, even though the main meal has barely been touched. Vegetables will be left, and chips, and yet more chips, will be devoured.

This is when children start to become picky eaters. They’ll decide they no longer like peas and will insist on only eating their pasta if it comes with tomato ketchup. Why? Because they know they can get away with it.

But if you introduce a variety of flavours from a young age, you will find your child will be more accepting of different foods. It’s important to incorporate culinary spices and herbs into your child’s diet as early as you can.

You don’t want to feed your children anything too spicy at first, but if you start with a little spiced food on a regular basis, their pain receptors become pruned and become ‘food smart’. If you give your child fiery food often enough, they’ll get used to the spiciness and eventually, they’ll be wanting more.

So how can you familiarise your child with new flavours? Follow these rules and your child will be food smart in no time:

#1 Start Early
The earlier you expose your child to exotic flavours such as basil, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and turmeric, the better. This way, from a very young age your child can enjoy the same meals as you. Children love to be treated like adults; they spend their entire childhood replicating chores such as cooking and shopping through play. To eat the same meal as mum and dad is a triumph! Open up your child’s taste buds to different flavours through cooking with spices with them; but be sure to leave out the chilli….for now anyway!

#2 Practice What You Preach
It’s no good trying to persuade your child to eat something if you won’t eat it yourself.  Children can always sense trepidation in a parent so if you’re hesitant to try something, you’ve got no hope whatsoever of them trying it. Be sure to try new food and they’ll follow suit.

#3 Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Don’t completely abandon your child’s personal comfort zone, baby steps are essential when it comes to introducing your child to spices. There’s no point in rushing in with guns blazing, just work within your child’s limits. You know better than anyone how your child will react to strange and new experiences– if they’d prefer to dip sushi in ketchup rather than soy sauce, so be it. Take it in your stride that they are eating sushi in the first place!

So now you know how to introduce your child to new flavours, stock up on some herbs and spices and watch your children enjoy some exciting new food.

About the author: Just Ingredients 

‘We are passionate about culinary and botanical ingredients, seeking out the best herbs and spices from the top producers around the world’. 

Food Revolution Day: DUbai and Chicago

My name is Sarvin Haghighi and I’m originally from Iran. I moved to Dubai in 2006 where I found out about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and became part of the great community as Dubai’s Ambassador for Food Revolution Day back in 2012. We had an amazing event at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Dubai that year and the following year where the great Chefs taught kids how to make pizza from scratch.

Since then, I have moved to Chicago and I have managed to find some amazing people around me who were part of the fantastic food revolution community. It’s great to see how many people are inspired and willing to spread the word for healthier food choices and therefor a happier life. This year we got the kids involved again using the many great materials shared with us through the Foundation. On the day, I gave a talk about why it is important to make a change now in our diets and how we can make that happen by taking a very simple first step. I also demonstrated to everyone how to make a healthy green smoothie and will give everyone a tasting sample just to show how green leafy vegetables and fruits and water can be tasty. 
This year my lovely friends at Jamie’s Italian in Dubai – UAE held a very amazing event on Food Revolution Day. I had the pleasure to host the first food revolution ever in Dubai at their lovely location two years ago and so happy to see they are continuing to raise awareness.
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This years event was held at the beautiful outside terrace at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This free event had 80 confirmed attendants, mostly kids and their parents, to come and enjoy the activities planned from 10 am till 2 pm. Kids were divided into groups with different vegetable team names. Lots of amazing activities have been planned such as colouring, games, pasta making, etc – I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful Lisa Wetton – GM at Jamie’s Italian Dubai -, Luis Filipe Dinis Campos – Restaurant Manager at Jamie’s Italian Dubai, their lovely chef, Abs Patil and all their wonderful team.
I cannot wait until next year to celebrate food revolution day 2015!

Food Revolution Day: DUbai and Chicago

My name is Sarvin Haghighi and I’m originally from Iran. I moved to Dubai in 2006 where I found out about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and became part of the great community as Dubai’s Ambassador for Food Revolution Day back in 2012. We had an amazing event at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Dubai that year and the following year where the great Chefs taught kids how to make pizza from scratch.

Since then, I have moved to Chicago and I have managed to find some amazing people around me who were part of the fantastic food revolution community. It’s great to see how many people are inspired and willing to spread the word for healthier food choices and therefor a happier life. This year we got the kids involved again using the many great materials shared with us through the Foundation. On the day, I gave a talk about why it is important to make a change now in our diets and how we can make that happen by taking a very simple first step. I also demonstrated to everyone how to make a healthy green smoothie and will give everyone a tasting sample just to show how green leafy vegetables and fruits and water can be tasty. 
This year my lovely friends at Jamie’s Italian in Dubai – UAE held a very amazing event on Food Revolution Day. I had the pleasure to host the first food revolution ever in Dubai at their lovely location two years ago and so happy to see they are continuing to raise awareness.
540328_10150961184071438_1381965528_n
This years event was held at the beautiful outside terrace at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This free event had 80 confirmed attendants, mostly kids and their parents, to come and enjoy the activities planned from 10 am till 2 pm. Kids were divided into groups with different vegetable team names. Lots of amazing activities have been planned such as colouring, games, pasta making, etc – I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful Lisa Wetton – GM at Jamie’s Italian Dubai -, Luis Filipe Dinis Campos – Restaurant Manager at Jamie’s Italian Dubai, their lovely chef, Abs Patil and all their wonderful team.
I cannot wait until next year to celebrate food revolution day 2015!

My Daily Food: Changing The Brazilian diet

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Obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases caused by an unhealthy diet are a huge concern to all of us. Many Brazilians believe they have good eating habits, but they don’t know how to choose the right food and respective amount for their meals.

With this problem in mind, the project “Meu Dia Alimentar” (portuguese for My Daily Food), was created by students Gabriela Bizari and Adriano Furtado to help improve unhealthy eating habits in Brazil.

The students created a puzzle that, in an interactive way, teaches people about the ideal foods and portions for a balanced diet, allowing the user to make their own healthy choice.

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“The idea was to translate the nutritional recommendations of the Brazilian Food Guide more clearly to the public, especially to children,” Gabriela said.

The game consists of a base guided by colours and shapes, on which each piece represents a food and each group is represented by colour. The pieces contain the name, illustration and amount of food per serving. The number of servings of each group to be consumed daily is indicated through the coloured spaces on the board. For a balanced diet, the user needs to fill all the spaces of the base with their respective groups / colours and portions.

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To test the project, Gabriela visited an elementary school near São Paulo and applied the game with around 40 children, between 7-10 years old, and the results were very positive. “Each student sets up his own puzzles and fit the pieces based on their own eating habits and what they believed to be good for their health.” explained Gabriela.“The children realized that it’s not so difficult to eat properly, especially fruits and vegetables during the day if they plan their eating routine”.

Gabriela and Adriano are also developing the digital version of My Daily Food. The app will be free for smartphones and the release date is planned for the next months.

The two want to take the project to kids in both public and private schools in order to start a health transformation from the base level. In order to do so, the students have registered My Daily Food on Catarse, a Brazilian crowdfunding website, and are hoping to reach 20 thousand reais (around US$10, 000) within 40 days.

For more information on My Daily Food, visit www.catarse.me/meudiaalimentar and www.meudiaalimentar.com/english.

My Daily Food: Changing The Brazilian diet

capa

Obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases caused by an unhealthy diet are a huge concern to all of us. Many Brazilians believe they have good eating habits, but they don’t know how to choose the right food and respective amount for their meals.

With this problem in mind, the project “Meu Dia Alimentar” (portuguese for My Daily Food), was created by students Gabriela Bizari and Adriano Furtado to help improve unhealthy eating habits in Brazil.

The students created a puzzle that, in an interactive way, teaches people about the ideal foods and portions for a balanced diet, allowing the user to make their own healthy choice.

como_funciona

“The idea was to translate the nutritional recommendations of the Brazilian Food Guide more clearly to the public, especially to children,” Gabriela said.

The game consists of a base guided by colours and shapes, on which each piece represents a food and each group is represented by colour. The pieces contain the name, illustration and amount of food per serving. The number of servings of each group to be consumed daily is indicated through the coloured spaces on the board. For a balanced diet, the user needs to fill all the spaces of the base with their respective groups / colours and portions.

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To test the project, Gabriela visited an elementary school near São Paulo and applied the game with around 40 children, between 7-10 years old, and the results were very positive. “Each student sets up his own puzzles and fit the pieces based on their own eating habits and what they believed to be good for their health.” explained Gabriela.“The children realized that it’s not so difficult to eat properly, especially fruits and vegetables during the day if they plan their eating routine”.

Gabriela and Adriano are also developing the digital version of My Daily Food. The app will be free for smartphones and the release date is planned for the next months.

The two want to take the project to kids in both public and private schools in order to start a health transformation from the base level. In order to do so, the students have registered My Daily Food on Catarse, a Brazilian crowdfunding website, and are hoping to reach 20 thousand reais (around US$10, 000) within 40 days.

For more information on My Daily Food, visit www.catarse.me/meudiaalimentar and www.meudiaalimentar.com/english.

Simple and Fun Ways of Introducing Welsh Lamb to Children

In today’s culture it can be very easy for kids to go through their life without ever experiencing ‘real food’. With oven-ready and microwave meals being so easy and quick, often parents neglect to teach their children how to cook properly, or perhaps they don’t know the true benefits themselves.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach your kids how to cook from scratch to ensure that they are ‘food smart’.

Picking Ingredients

While shopping with children can be a challenge, if you make it fun, educational and with an obvious goal then it can be an enjoyable experience. Before you head to the shops, decide on what dish you’re planning on cooking – it’s important to make sure that it is something your children will enjoy and that is easy to cook for example, let’s say you were cooking Jamie’s Incredible Baked Lamb Shanks.

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The first thing you want to do is ensure that all your ingredients are of the best quality, this is something that it is important to teach your children early on. The better the quality of your ingredients, the better the dish will turn out and it’s for this reason that you want to use Welsh lamb shanks.

In order to ensure that you’re getting the best quality meat visit your local butcher, if you’re unsure of where that is you can find them here.

Why Welsh Lamb?

This is a question that’s often asked when buying lamb, but the answer is very simple. Welsh lamb only has a few miles to travel to get to your butchers, so it is fresher and has not been ‘mass produced’ in order to keep costs low. Welsh Lambs are raised in the uniquely beautiful landscape of Wales, with green grass to eat, pure air to breath and clean, sweet water to drink, all of which make Welsh Lamb among the finest meats in the world.

As a direct result of this freshness you receive tender, more succulent lamb that simply falls off the bone when cooked well. Picking a quality cut can be slightly tricky in the supermarket when trying to look through the packaging, but your local butcher will be able to select the perfect cut for the dish you wish to prepare.

Start Cooking

Once you’ve collected all the raw ingredients, you can start teaching your children how to cook from scratch. A major benefit to baking these shanks rather than grilling or frying them is that there is a reduced risk of your little ones injuring themselves on the hob. While you’re preparing the meal, you can tell your children about the health benefits of eating red-meat such as Welsh Lamb don’t forget:

  • Lamb is a great source of protein, encouraging muscle growth and repair essential in children.
  • Red meat contains Iron, which helps carry oxygen through the body increasing both brain and muscle function.
  • Zinc is also found in lamb and it’s a very important mineral to strengthen immune systems and promoting a healthy brain.
  • It’s a great way to get B vitamins into your children helping them to have better digestion, nervous system and healthy skin and eyes.

Now that your children know how much eating meat can benefit them and understand that it’s a key part of a balanced diet to help them grow up fit and healthy, they’ll be extremely keen to try out even more healthy new recipes. The baked lamb shanks recipe is a great meal to start with, as there isn’t much cutting involved, meaning that your children can get hands on without the worry of being injured!

About the Author – Eat Welsh Lamb is supported by the HCC, an organisation who encourages the promotion of Welsh red meat across the UK and further afield. By working intricately with all sectors of the Welsh meat industry, EWL is able to ensure that people receive the best quality product from their meat. To find out more information, visit Eat Welsh Lamb today.

 

 

 

Simple and Fun Ways of Introducing Welsh Lamb to Children

In today’s culture it can be very easy for kids to go through their life without ever experiencing ‘real food’. With oven-ready and microwave meals being so easy and quick, often parents neglect to teach their children how to cook properly, or perhaps they don’t know the true benefits themselves.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach your kids how to cook from scratch to ensure that they are ‘food smart’.

Picking Ingredients

While shopping with children can be a challenge, if you make it fun, educational and with an obvious goal then it can be an enjoyable experience. Before you head to the shops, decide on what dish you’re planning on cooking – it’s important to make sure that it is something your children will enjoy and that is easy to cook for example, let’s say you were cooking Jamie’s Incredible Baked Lamb Shanks.

lamb shanks

The first thing you want to do is ensure that all your ingredients are of the best quality, this is something that it is important to teach your children early on. The better the quality of your ingredients, the better the dish will turn out and it’s for this reason that you want to use Welsh lamb shanks.

In order to ensure that you’re getting the best quality meat visit your local butcher, if you’re unsure of where that is you can find them here.

Why Welsh Lamb?

This is a question that’s often asked when buying lamb, but the answer is very simple. Welsh lamb only has a few miles to travel to get to your butchers, so it is fresher and has not been ‘mass produced’ in order to keep costs low. Welsh Lambs are raised in the uniquely beautiful landscape of Wales, with green grass to eat, pure air to breath and clean, sweet water to drink, all of which make Welsh Lamb among the finest meats in the world.

As a direct result of this freshness you receive tender, more succulent lamb that simply falls off the bone when cooked well. Picking a quality cut can be slightly tricky in the supermarket when trying to look through the packaging, but your local butcher will be able to select the perfect cut for the dish you wish to prepare.

Start Cooking

Once you’ve collected all the raw ingredients, you can start teaching your children how to cook from scratch. A major benefit to baking these shanks rather than grilling or frying them is that there is a reduced risk of your little ones injuring themselves on the hob. While you’re preparing the meal, you can tell your children about the health benefits of eating red-meat such as Welsh Lamb don’t forget:

  • Lamb is a great source of protein, encouraging muscle growth and repair essential in children.
  • Red meat contains Iron, which helps carry oxygen through the body increasing both brain and muscle function.
  • Zinc is also found in lamb and it’s a very important mineral to strengthen immune systems and promoting a healthy brain.
  • It’s a great way to get B vitamins into your children helping them to have better digestion, nervous system and healthy skin and eyes.

Now that your children know how much eating meat can benefit them and understand that it’s a key part of a balanced diet to help them grow up fit and healthy, they’ll be extremely keen to try out even more healthy new recipes. The baked lamb shanks recipe is a great meal to start with, as there isn’t much cutting involved, meaning that your children can get hands on without the worry of being injured!

About the Author – Eat Welsh Lamb is supported by the HCC, an organisation who encourages the promotion of Welsh red meat across the UK and further afield. By working intricately with all sectors of the Welsh meat industry, EWL is able to ensure that people receive the best quality product from their meat. To find out more information, visit Eat Welsh Lamb today.

 

 

 

Grow Your own veggies the easy way

Calling all homes, schools and workplaces… continue the food revolution message by growing your own herbs and vegetables from scratch with the help of Balcony Bloomer.
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Balcony Bloomer Herb and Vegetable Grow Bags – The best thing to happen to grow your own…#Justaddwater At Balcony Bloomer we decided to do it in the bag and came up with a neat way to get you on the grow at school, work, home and while you play. We wanted to make it easy for even the most challenged of green fingers – so no more excuses about trying to eat healthy! The Balcony Bloomer Grow Bag can be used at work, in your kitchen, on your windowsill and on your balcony. In each seed packet you will find everything you need to start growing, the soil pellet and seeds are inside and the bag is your pot. Balcony Bloomer Grow bags – just add water.

How does it work? The Bloomer Grow Bag combines a little bit of magic and a little bit of having a grow. The bag helps to keep your seeds warm at a constant temperature when you want to begin germinating in late winter for Spring seedlings. It also helps by keeping your young seedlings protected from the wind and harsh weather conditions when they are just starting out. Once your seeds have begun to sprout and looking strong you can move your seedlings into a plant pot and away you grow. The clever soil pellet helps to prevent root damage and makes it easy to pop straight into the soil. The Magic – have a grow!

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How do we look? The Bloomer Grow Bag comes in a range of funky designs to brighten up your worktop. Choose from 8 vegetable and 8 herb seed packs and you are ready to grow. Remember – everything you need to start growing is in the bag – just add water…

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We believe… “Food is medicine and growing your own is one sure way to know where your food comes from. Food can heal and a good diet with fresh produce can make us look younger, live longer and help us enjoy every opportunity that life presents.” Bronwyn Walker, Balcony Bloomer  “Balcony Bloomer is all about seeding your city and getting people on the grow – we don’t want to build a gang of back street farmers, we just want you to be more aware about your food and have a grow…” Ashleigh Cotterill, Balcony Bloomer

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 For more information, visit the Balcony Bloomer website                                                   

Grow Your own veggies the easy way

Calling all homes, schools and workplaces… continue the food revolution message by growing your own herbs and vegetables from scratch with the help of Balcony Bloomer.
Postcardfinal

Balcony Bloomer Herb and Vegetable Grow Bags – The best thing to happen to grow your own…#Justaddwater At Balcony Bloomer we decided to do it in the bag and came up with a neat way to get you on the grow at school, work, home and while you play. We wanted to make it easy for even the most challenged of green fingers – so no more excuses about trying to eat healthy! The Balcony Bloomer Grow Bag can be used at work, in your kitchen, on your windowsill and on your balcony. In each seed packet you will find everything you need to start growing, the soil pellet and seeds are inside and the bag is your pot. Balcony Bloomer Grow bags – just add water.

How does it work? The Bloomer Grow Bag combines a little bit of magic and a little bit of having a grow. The bag helps to keep your seeds warm at a constant temperature when you want to begin germinating in late winter for Spring seedlings. It also helps by keeping your young seedlings protected from the wind and harsh weather conditions when they are just starting out. Once your seeds have begun to sprout and looking strong you can move your seedlings into a plant pot and away you grow. The clever soil pellet helps to prevent root damage and makes it easy to pop straight into the soil. The Magic – have a grow!

        headerjustaddwater

How do we look? The Bloomer Grow Bag comes in a range of funky designs to brighten up your worktop. Choose from 8 vegetable and 8 herb seed packs and you are ready to grow. Remember – everything you need to start growing is in the bag – just add water…

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We believe… “Food is medicine and growing your own is one sure way to know where your food comes from. Food can heal and a good diet with fresh produce can make us look younger, live longer and help us enjoy every opportunity that life presents.” Bronwyn Walker, Balcony Bloomer  “Balcony Bloomer is all about seeding your city and getting people on the grow – we don’t want to build a gang of back street farmers, we just want you to be more aware about your food and have a grow…” Ashleigh Cotterill, Balcony Bloomer

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 For more information, visit the Balcony Bloomer website                                                   

Food Revolution Tabasco, Mexico

Luciara Franco Vidal Mota is a food revolution day ambassador for Tabasco, Mexico

Food Revolution Day in Tabasco this year could not have been better! We had three very special helpers or “food revolutionaries”, in three different locations, through three different actions, in the morning, afternoon and night time. At 9 we reached the Colegio Villahermosa y Maria Teresa, where we began the activities inviting almost 40 kids from primary school to join us. First of all, they got happily involved just knowing they were part of an important “revolution day” and by answering some few questions in the classroom: have you ever prepared a meal?, which one? , what’s your favorite fruit?, which one you do not like?, have you ever tasted it?, what’s the difference between this orange soda drink, the orange juice from concentrate and the natural orange juice, and so on.

The next activity was about going outside and preparing two delicious and colourful recipes together – a fruit rainbow cocktail and a strawberry, banana and blackberry smoothie, inspired by Jamie’s games provided by the FRD team. The whole activity was really fun and pleasant, as well as to see all kids super excited, asking us to come back…tomorrow!!! They found the snacks really delicious, enjoyed a lot the whole process to prepare them and everything went well. And the kids comments… absolutely priceless!!!

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Kids Colegio Villahermosa 2_Hector Gerardo helping to make a smoothie

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 8_smoothie

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 3_rainbow

Our other goal was to organise a Community and Urban Gardening. My partners and I went all the way to the suburbs of Villahermosa to get our hands dirty again. This time, the invitation came from the Gastronomy Career team of the University of Guadalajara and University del Valle de Mexico. They are willing to develop a garden in an urban piece of land on a community basis and decided to start up the project on #FRD2014. It was such a good choice for us to get the first planting done on Food Revolution Day. This will be a fantastic project where many of my students will be involved, as well the community of Tabasco engaged on Jamie’s approach – better food for a better life, as Daniela Lopez, teacher and leader of the project said.

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A few hours later, we went to a meeting to Mariana Lonas, the director of an exciting place in the city: Casa Kaay. After discussing for hours how we could establish the Kaay Flee Market, a market where we will be able to sell all the crops, home made food and lots of other things carefully made, eventually she said “YES, let’s try it!”. From clothes to basil, coffee to chilli sauces, everything made up with love and inspiration will be able to finally find a place to re-cycle in this town. Now we have to rush to get everything done for the first open market, which will probably be around middle June.

That was the Tabasco #FRD2014, such a big and happy day!

Gracias amigos!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- Luciara Franco Vidal Mota

I am Brazilian, 33 years old, have been living in Mexico since 2013 and am a proud FRD ambassador in Tabasco. I have worked for over 10 years in a big environmental organization in Brazil as a communication officer dealing with food related matters, one of the biggest enemies for our forests and familiar food production. I have lived in Spain and France, as well as in Ireland, where I had the opportunity to study and work for the gastronomy and wine sector. Since then, I have been connecting all the dots, melting it with my passion for planting, cooking and sharing.

Food Revolution Tabasco, Mexico

Luciara Franco Vidal Mota is a food revolution day ambassador for Tabasco, Mexico

Food Revolution Day in Tabasco this year could not have been better! We had three very special helpers or “food revolutionaries”, in three different locations, through three different actions, in the morning, afternoon and night time. At 9 we reached the Colegio Villahermosa y Maria Teresa, where we began the activities inviting almost 40 kids from primary school to join us. First of all, they got happily involved just knowing they were part of an important “revolution day” and by answering some few questions in the classroom: have you ever prepared a meal?, which one? , what’s your favorite fruit?, which one you do not like?, have you ever tasted it?, what’s the difference between this orange soda drink, the orange juice from concentrate and the natural orange juice, and so on.

The next activity was about going outside and preparing two delicious and colourful recipes together – a fruit rainbow cocktail and a strawberry, banana and blackberry smoothie, inspired by Jamie’s games provided by the FRD team. The whole activity was really fun and pleasant, as well as to see all kids super excited, asking us to come back…tomorrow!!! They found the snacks really delicious, enjoyed a lot the whole process to prepare them and everything went well. And the kids comments… absolutely priceless!!!

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 1_some activity instructions

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 2_Hector Gerardo helping to make a smoothie

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 8_smoothie

Kids Colegio Villahermosa 3_rainbow

Our other goal was to organise a Community and Urban Gardening. My partners and I went all the way to the suburbs of Villahermosa to get our hands dirty again. This time, the invitation came from the Gastronomy Career team of the University of Guadalajara and University del Valle de Mexico. They are willing to develop a garden in an urban piece of land on a community basis and decided to start up the project on #FRD2014. It was such a good choice for us to get the first planting done on Food Revolution Day. This will be a fantastic project where many of my students will be involved, as well the community of Tabasco engaged on Jamie’s approach – better food for a better life, as Daniela Lopez, teacher and leader of the project said.

Urban Garden Project 02_Daniela, Taco and I

Urban Garden Project 1_hands

A few hours later, we went to a meeting to Mariana Lonas, the director of an exciting place in the city: Casa Kaay. After discussing for hours how we could establish the Kaay Flee Market, a market where we will be able to sell all the crops, home made food and lots of other things carefully made, eventually she said “YES, let’s try it!”. From clothes to basil, coffee to chilli sauces, everything made up with love and inspiration will be able to finally find a place to re-cycle in this town. Now we have to rush to get everything done for the first open market, which will probably be around middle June.

That was the Tabasco #FRD2014, such a big and happy day!

Gracias amigos!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- Luciara Franco Vidal Mota

I am Brazilian, 33 years old, have been living in Mexico since 2013 and am a proud FRD ambassador in Tabasco. I have worked for over 10 years in a big environmental organization in Brazil as a communication officer dealing with food related matters, one of the biggest enemies for our forests and familiar food production. I have lived in Spain and France, as well as in Ireland, where I had the opportunity to study and work for the gastronomy and wine sector. Since then, I have been connecting all the dots, melting it with my passion for planting, cooking and sharing.

People Powered Food by RipeNearMe

The team behind RipeNearMe celebrated #FRD2014 with an event in Brisbane, bringing together local foodies, musicians and celebrities for a power packed evening. RipeNearMe and Slow Food Brisbane took this unique opportunity to bring some local heroes together to talk about food. More than 150 people from across Brisbane came along to swap produce, ideas and share a meal from locally sourced produce.

Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia was a star of the show, bringing his unique perspective (and beard) on healthy eating and growing it local. Shortly thereafter, Charlie Mgee of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System lit up the room with some amazingly catchy permaculture tunes.

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The event was also a launchpad for RipeNearMe, a new website that makes it easy to find fresh produce growing in your local neighbourhood. The website allows anyone, anywhere to post food that they grow to share, swap or sell. Instead of picking your fruit and veg off a supermarket shelf, you can pick it directly off a plant – the way nature intended.  All this delicious produce gets mapped for some seriously addictive online foraging. The best part, though, is that people can subscribe to individual fruit trees or vegetables, and receive notifications when the produce is ripe!

RipeNearMe had a fantastic evening celebrating food revolution day in Brisbane and we cannot wait to get the community together to share fresh produce again!

To find out more about RipeNearMe and to donate to the campaign, visit their crowdfunding page. 

People Powered Food by RipeNearMe

The team behind RipeNearMe celebrated #FRD2014 with an event in Brisbane, bringing together local foodies, musicians and celebrities for a power packed evening. RipeNearMe and Slow Food Brisbane took this unique opportunity to bring some local heroes together to talk about food. More than 150 people from across Brisbane came along to swap produce, ideas and share a meal from locally sourced produce.

Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia was a star of the show, bringing his unique perspective (and beard) on healthy eating and growing it local. Shortly thereafter, Charlie Mgee of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System lit up the room with some amazingly catchy permaculture tunes.

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The event was also a launchpad for RipeNearMe, a new website that makes it easy to find fresh produce growing in your local neighbourhood. The website allows anyone, anywhere to post food that they grow to share, swap or sell. Instead of picking your fruit and veg off a supermarket shelf, you can pick it directly off a plant – the way nature intended.  All this delicious produce gets mapped for some seriously addictive online foraging. The best part, though, is that people can subscribe to individual fruit trees or vegetables, and receive notifications when the produce is ripe!

RipeNearMe had a fantastic evening celebrating food revolution day in Brisbane and we cannot wait to get the community together to share fresh produce again!

To find out more about RipeNearMe and to donate to the campaign, visit their crowdfunding page. 

Kids Wrapping in the Kimberley

Our school HCDHS is located in a remote Aboriginal Community in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. It is country to the Gija and Jaru Indigenous people of this area. We had 27 HCDHS students partaking in the event under 18 and three adults—30 participants total.

Since I am the Food Technology teacher at HCDHS, I thought it was a great idea to get involved in this record attempt event. My students love to cook and they love Jamie Oliver as well. I asked what my students thought about this event and if they wanted to get involved…AND the feedback was overwhelming, very positive and motivating. They were thrilled because they watch Jamie’s cooking shows on TV as well.

The 30 participants were involved in the lesson on Friday 16th May 2014 in the Home Ec/Food Technology room located at HCDHS.  The students were put into groups of six, and despite only having two graters per group, they were all very patient about taking turns to create the  delicious RAINBOW SALAD WRAP! The students followed the lesson, recipe and all instructions- they were so dedicated to making the wrap properly! They also did an amazing job cleaning up afterwards! The students really enjoyed the wrap and even took some left overs home to share with their families. Most of all, my students really enjoyed themselves and had a truly fun time.

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I am so excited and proud we were able to partake in such a motivating and enjoyable event. Teaching is about “GETTING KIDS TO WANT TO LEARN” and when you partake in fun lessons like this record attempt lesson–students are very engaged and plus having a good time… it makes teaching/learning so easy and stress free.

I am very blessed to work with these amazing and unique students here in the East Kimberley. In this type of very small community kids need to look forward to something….they need to get excited about something and this event did just that for our students here! SO I THANK YOU!!

Lots of peace,  love and joy from down under in the Kimberley!!

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Kids Wrapping in the Kimberley

Our school HCDHS is located in a remote Aboriginal Community in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. It is country to the Gija and Jaru Indigenous people of this area. We had 27 HCDHS students partaking in the event under 18 and three adults—30 participants total.

Since I am the Food Technology teacher at HCDHS, I thought it was a great idea to get involved in this record attempt event. My students love to cook and they love Jamie Oliver as well. I asked what my students thought about this event and if they wanted to get involved…AND the feedback was overwhelming, very positive and motivating. They were thrilled because they watch Jamie’s cooking shows on TV as well.

The 30 participants were involved in the lesson on Friday 16th May 2014 in the Home Ec/Food Technology room located at HCDHS.  The students were put into groups of six, and despite only having two graters per group, they were all very patient about taking turns to create the  delicious RAINBOW SALAD WRAP! The students followed the lesson, recipe and all instructions- they were so dedicated to making the wrap properly! They also did an amazing job cleaning up afterwards! The students really enjoyed the wrap and even took some left overs home to share with their families. Most of all, my students really enjoyed themselves and had a truly fun time.

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I am so excited and proud we were able to partake in such a motivating and enjoyable event. Teaching is about “GETTING KIDS TO WANT TO LEARN” and when you partake in fun lessons like this record attempt lesson–students are very engaged and plus having a good time… it makes teaching/learning so easy and stress free.

I am very blessed to work with these amazing and unique students here in the East Kimberley. In this type of very small community kids need to look forward to something….they need to get excited about something and this event did just that for our students here! SO I THANK YOU!!

Lots of peace,  love and joy from down under in the Kimberley!!

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Food rev day celebrations in Singapore

Food Revolution Day 2014 was marked with various activities which coincided with the important message of cooking together and eating healthy. Spearheaded by celebrity chef and an advocate for  eating healthy, UK-based Chef Jamie Oliver, first launched this initiative with the hopes of setting in motion the important changes we can make to our food choices. The day is marked with various activities across all our White Lodge schools, including the introduction of simple healthy recipes and group discussions.

The children in the Playgroup, Pre Nursery, Nursery and Pre Kindergarten classes were busy cooking and sharing wonderful recipes at school in their respective classrooms, whilst the Kindergarten class went on an exciting field trip to experience the rare and unique opportunity to visit Jamie’s Italian restaurant, set here in Vivocity Mall at the heart of the Keppel area in Singapore.

All around our schools, the teachers are busy preparing healthy recipes to share with the children. Each family sent an ingredient to school to contribute to the class dish. Together, we shared the message with the children to come together to share recipes and cook.

We were also fortunate to have a few parent volunteers in a few of our schools. Through these various activities, we celebrated wholesome cooking, understand the importance of eating healthy and enjoy the opportunity to come together as a community to cook and share recipes. The teachers came dressed as chefs, bakers and various kinds of ingredients.

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Trip to Jamie’s Italian

The field trip for our Kindergarteners proved to be an exciting event. The children were treated to a gastronomical experience, as they touched, tasted and smelled the various herbs and vegetables used in many of the wholesome recipes featured in the restaurant.

The children were greeted by Food Ambassador, Ms Way, who spoke to the children about the background of Food Revolution Day, and shared the importance of cooking and eating healthy. The children had made Thank You cards for each chef and restaurant personnel who headed each station/table that the children visited. In the cards, were notes and messages written by the children on their ideas and excitement about Food Revolution Day.

The children looked at the various types of fresh herbs, as Chef Jerome and Gardener Rob (from Urban Farmer) who grows the herbs in the planter boxes found in Jamie’s Italian restaurant. The children were certainly fascinated with the multitude of herbs which they can smell and taste.

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 The children looked at various types of tomatoes with Chef Fana at the sauce station, and realised that they were sub-groups within groups of fruits and vegetables. They looked at processes involved in turning raw ingredients into cooked dishes. Continuing on the discovery of vegetables, the children learned the names of the various root vegetables at the salad station with Ms Sarah, the Manager at Jamie’s Italian. They also talked about the positive benefits eating their greens. None the least, the children also met Head Chef Alex at the pasta making station. They learned about the ingredients that go into making fresh pasta, various types of pasta and how they are made live at the pasta machine.

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The kids had great fun celebrating Food Revolution Day in Singapore and we cannot wait until next year!

Food rev day celebrations in Singapore

Food Revolution Day 2014 was marked with various activities which coincided with the important message of cooking together and eating healthy. Spearheaded by celebrity chef and an advocate for  eating healthy, UK-based Chef Jamie Oliver, first launched this initiative with the hopes of setting in motion the important changes we can make to our food choices. The day is marked with various activities across all our White Lodge schools, including the introduction of simple healthy recipes and group discussions.

The children in the Playgroup, Pre Nursery, Nursery and Pre Kindergarten classes were busy cooking and sharing wonderful recipes at school in their respective classrooms, whilst the Kindergarten class went on an exciting field trip to experience the rare and unique opportunity to visit Jamie’s Italian restaurant, set here in Vivocity Mall at the heart of the Keppel area in Singapore.

All around our schools, the teachers are busy preparing healthy recipes to share with the children. Each family sent an ingredient to school to contribute to the class dish. Together, we shared the message with the children to come together to share recipes and cook.

We were also fortunate to have a few parent volunteers in a few of our schools. Through these various activities, we celebrated wholesome cooking, understand the importance of eating healthy and enjoy the opportunity to come together as a community to cook and share recipes. The teachers came dressed as chefs, bakers and various kinds of ingredients.

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Trip to Jamie’s Italian

The field trip for our Kindergarteners proved to be an exciting event. The children were treated to a gastronomical experience, as they touched, tasted and smelled the various herbs and vegetables used in many of the wholesome recipes featured in the restaurant.

The children were greeted by Food Ambassador, Ms Way, who spoke to the children about the background of Food Revolution Day, and shared the importance of cooking and eating healthy. The children had made Thank You cards for each chef and restaurant personnel who headed each station/table that the children visited. In the cards, were notes and messages written by the children on their ideas and excitement about Food Revolution Day.

The children looked at the various types of fresh herbs, as Chef Jerome and Gardener Rob (from Urban Farmer) who grows the herbs in the planter boxes found in Jamie’s Italian restaurant. The children were certainly fascinated with the multitude of herbs which they can smell and taste.

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FRD12

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 The children looked at various types of tomatoes with Chef Fana at the sauce station, and realised that they were sub-groups within groups of fruits and vegetables. They looked at processes involved in turning raw ingredients into cooked dishes. Continuing on the discovery of vegetables, the children learned the names of the various root vegetables at the salad station with Ms Sarah, the Manager at Jamie’s Italian. They also talked about the positive benefits eating their greens. None the least, the children also met Head Chef Alex at the pasta making station. They learned about the ingredients that go into making fresh pasta, various types of pasta and how they are made live at the pasta machine.

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The kids had great fun celebrating Food Revolution Day in Singapore and we cannot wait until next year!

Many Minds, One Heart

At Northfield School and Sports College, we believe that everyone should benefit from a first class education and be provided with opportunities to develop to the maximum of their potential. The over-riding ethos of Northfield School and Sports College is ensuring maximum achievement in a happy and supportive environment. Organiser of the Food Revolution cooking session at Northfield School, Julie Hewison, said the idea was to get students to try new things and be part of a worldwide event. “It’s all about trying new foods and realising that learning can be fun “
Altogether, 280 students – the entire year 7 cohort – took part in making the rainbow salad wraps, utilising our newly extended dining room facilities. The students were released from their normal timetabled lessons and were supported through the event by staff from many other curriculum areas – thus making a real cross curricular event – fun to see the many staff other than Technology teachers, who were well out of their comfort zone but entered into the spirit of the afternoon, donning hats, gloves and aprons.
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The year 10 Btec hospitality students spent the morning preparing the vast amounts of ingredients and equipment needed, while a local food production company provided protective clothing for the students which added to their excitement and enthusiasm. We would love to take part again – but without beetroot in the recipe please!!!.

Many Minds, One Heart

At Northfield School and Sports College, we believe that everyone should benefit from a first class education and be provided with opportunities to develop to the maximum of their potential. The over-riding ethos of Northfield School and Sports College is ensuring maximum achievement in a happy and supportive environment. Organiser of the Food Revolution cooking session at Northfield School, Julie Hewison, said the idea was to get students to try new things and be part of a worldwide event. “It’s all about trying new foods and realising that learning can be fun “
Altogether, 280 students – the entire year 7 cohort – took part in making the rainbow salad wraps, utilising our newly extended dining room facilities. The students were released from their normal timetabled lessons and were supported through the event by staff from many other curriculum areas – thus making a real cross curricular event – fun to see the many staff other than Technology teachers, who were well out of their comfort zone but entered into the spirit of the afternoon, donning hats, gloves and aprons.
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The year 10 Btec hospitality students spent the morning preparing the vast amounts of ingredients and equipment needed, while a local food production company provided protective clothing for the students which added to their excitement and enthusiasm. We would love to take part again – but without beetroot in the recipe please!!!.