There was an enthusiastic response to ‘Rainbow Week’ at St Paul’s Church of England (A) Primary School. The themed week inspired by the menus supplied by the Wolverhampton Catering Service introduced the children to a wide variety of fruit and vegetables covering the colours of the rainbow. More traditional fruit and vegetables were supplemented by raspberries, peaches, mango, sweet corn, sugar snap peas, honeydew and water melon to complete the colour spectrum.
During this week the children in Year 5 were preparing for their annual visit to Kewstoke near Weston- Super-Mare in order to meet up with their pen pals. The three day visit allowed the children to explore a new locality, meet up with new friends and also exercise their cooking skills in the self-catering accommodation.
Thursday night’s menu has always been children’s choice and has inevitably resulted in ‘Italian’ with the emphasis on Pasta and Pizza. This year the children adopted the rainbow theme when preparing a variety of salads to accompany the pizza and garlic bread. They used radishes, grapes, oranges, melon and peppers together with lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes to create their own salad bar. The meal was completed by strawberries and ice cream.
The verdict from the children and staff was scrumptious, delicious, yummy, different, moreish and unforgettable. A particular favourite was our lettuce, orange and grape platter – a sweet and savoury combination which surprised many.
We have for many years promoted healthy choices in school and on this residential with Year 5 we have the freedom to utilize our healthy choices and culinary skills to good effect. The rainbow theme gave us the additional incentive to be more creative.
Finally, all our plates and indeed the salad bar were empty!