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To expect to at least be able to eat what dd2 has cooked, seeing as it cost me £10 for the stuff ??

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TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 21-Nov-12 15:34:37

ARGH bloody cooking lessons.

Dd2 was doing chicken tikka. So, £10 of ingrediants later and off to school she trots.

She's just come home and said that they couldn't get the lid to fit on her tupperware container and so the teacher is just going to chuck it. The lid does bloody fit, it's just stiff and surely the teacher had something else that dd could have used if not.

£10 down the drain, just like that.

Adversecamber Wed 21-Nov-12 16:18:53

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legoballoon Wed 21-Nov-12 16:19:54

That's a ridiculous recipe IMHO - it's possible to make cheaper, nutritious vegetarian curry dishes with ingredients like potato, chick peas, spinach, coconut milk etc. and they should ask for a contribution anything like spices which have a long shelf life and could be bought for the whole class.

I would raise the issue with the school, as although other posters say it's 'good value for money as it's free education', one class cooking a load of throw-away or inedible curries at that price = £300 of ingredients! Absolute waste and nonsense.

reastie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:20:18

Haven't read the whole thread, and slightly scared to admit I'm a food tech teacher given some of the comments here about my subject, but have to say I'm shock about the OP. If students don't bring a container to my lessons we have back up foil take away dishes to use. We'd NEVER chuck out a students' food because they didn't have a container, even less so if the lid didn't fit on. Surely they had cling film to stick on the top if the lid didn't go on?

<bites tongue at surprise of using tin tomato soup in a curry for cooking lessons>

LineRunner Wed 21-Nov-12 16:20:53

I would gladly pay £10 a term if the school supplied ingredients and taught them how to cook staples like macaroni cheese, lentil soup, and maybe a cheap, tasty and simple chicken thigh casserole.

I think they cook one week and write it up the next, so that's £2 per meal (for a very small meal) which I think is more than enough for something edible to bring home.

legoballoon Wed 21-Nov-12 16:21:07

And I would also be pissed off at my kid being taught to open a can of bloody soup. When I teach my DC to cook, we make things from scratch (not because I'm Hugh-Fearnley-Bloody-Whittingstall but because it's cheaper and healthier. What is the point of reinforcing the idea of opening cans and eating processed crap within a Food Tech lesson?

LineRunner Wed 21-Nov-12 16:22:01

reastie, I'm sure you are wonderful. smile

Euphemia Wed 21-Nov-12 16:22:42

State education is not free - it's paid for through taxation.

So today's learning intention was: in the West we are profligate.
Success criteria: spend a lot of money and chuck away the results.

I'd be raging.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 21-Nov-12 16:23:40

I questionned the tom soup when we were in the shop. It was there on the list though lol.

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 16:26:21

My family does not have fond memories of the confection that was 'Apple Snow' that was made in school in the 60's and 70's. Looked like the foam left lying around in a car wash.

However DS did bring home some very professional home made pasta a few years ago- Pappardalle and giant Ravioli filled with butternut squash, cumin and Pecorino. Yum.

Asinine Wed 21-Nov-12 16:27:43

I agree OP.

I hate food tech. We have to supply all ingredients, eg 2 tbs oil, one beaten egg, pinch of salt, small amounts of flour and fat- exactly the sort of thing that is hard to transport safely and easily, and which would be much more sensibly and cheaply supplied in bulk by the school.

It give the dcs the impression that cooking is a faff and expensive (not mine as they know it's not as we cook at home). But for dcs in families where no one cooks they will just think it's expensive, difficult and time consuming. It's counterproductive.

Vivalebeaver Wed 21-Nov-12 16:27:55

I just can't get over making curry with tomato soup.

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 16:27:55

And DS's Food Tech teacher was bloody fantastic. Dedicated, interested in the children and very very knowledgeable about all things culinary.

LineRunner Wed 21-Nov-12 16:30:50

What asinine said. Very good post.

haggisaggis Wed 21-Nov-12 16:31:28

ds takes £1 every time they make something - everything is supplied including teh takeaway boxes to bring it home. Only decenty tghing he'[s made though is muffins. Everything else is horrible. Made a curry last week with grapes in it for some reason. But then again they only have 50 minutes to make a dish and clear up.

diddl Wed 21-Nov-12 16:32:20

well I think if the recipe works, what´s the problem with the soup?

Maybe it depends on the age of the daughter/how many in the class/how long the lesson.

If she enjoyed cooking it & if it could have been tasted at home, then she could be pointed in the direction of other recipes.

I´m nearly 50 & we used to do stuff like scones, rock cakes, custardhmm, rarely a meal that could be taken home & eaten.

Oh we did cauliflower cheese once & I forgot to buy a cauli.

Fortunately we had some florets in the freezer.

I got marked down.

Still, at least we ate mine for supper.

Some of them couldn´t because the cauli was too hard!

CaptainHoratioWragge Wed 21-Nov-12 16:34:56

Tomato soup in a curry recipe... that is the sort of shortcut made by someone who doesn't have a clue how to cook.....

To teach someone to cook a dish like this.....

<faints in horror>

Asinine Wed 21-Nov-12 16:36:03


I'm sure you do a great job, I mean I hate food tech as done by our school.

I would be all in favour of food tech if it was done with basic ingredients supplied at school like it was when I was at school. Like make a cheese sauce, crumble, sponge, veg soup, bread and so on.

Groovee Wed 21-Nov-12 16:36:12

I can't get over how much some schools charge. We pay £25 for the year for the cooking and sewing side. So far dd's made a tablet cover, coleslaw and Pizza. It comes home in suitable containers provided within the £25.

I couldn't afford £10 a week.

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 21-Nov-12 16:37:43

Thankfully it isn't every week Groove, more like once every 3 weeks. If it was every week then i'd be refusing to supply the stuff.

EuroShagmore Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:16

What an awful waste (one and a half chickens died for that dreadful abomination) and a terrible recipe.

I love cooking now, but hated it at school. I clearly remember the first HE lesson. We had to make banana custard. I hated both bananas and custard. It was first period. By the time I got it home it was grey and looked like vomit. My father (who will generally eat anyway) declined. We put it on the floor for the pets. Our greedy golden retriever took one sniff then backed away. The cat jumped over it. It went in the bin. But at least it didn't cost a tenner!

EuroShagmore Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:56

my father will generally eat anyTHING

Peanutbutterfingers Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:57

Isn't that the recipie on the back of the tomato soup tin to make a quick and easy chicken tikka? Blimey, didn't think anyone would ever want to make it, let alone in food tech... Wrong wrong wrong

TheOriginalNutcracker Wed 21-Nov-12 16:41:23

I was rubbish at cooking at school. We once had to make chocolate log. Mine had to be made into a chocolate cliff cos it fell apart lol.

Asinine Wed 21-Nov-12 16:43:11


I'm sure other parents find those ingredients expensive, too. Could you get a few dissenters together and write a polite letter to the school, pointing out that in the recession many families are watching their food budgets and would they bear this in mind when planning recipes? Suggest veggie substitutes (like mushroom or chickpeas for chicken in the curry?)

QueenofNightmares Wed 21-Nov-12 16:43:57

Chicken Tikka with tomato soup sound familiar OP?

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