About a Boy

Friday 29 March 2013
I'm in trouble. Boy has been looking at my blog and discovered that some of his foodie exploits haven't as yet appeared so I promised him a post of his very own to redeem myself. First up are his fruity planets created for a Space project at school. Each planet is represented in relative size by a fruit, from tiny peppercorn Mercury to giant watermelon Jupiter. 
5 a day in Planet form...
Sticking with the fruity theme he wanted to buy some Lemon Curd when were were in a farm shop recently due to the fact that I said we could make some together but had never got round to it. Bad Mum. Swiftly rectified and left him pretty much to his own devices to whip up a batch following a recipe from Grandma's Readers Digest The Cookery Year. Tasted so good and all very quickly eaten. Can highly recommend it on a lightly toasted hot cross bun.
Santa clearly knows about his foodie tendencies as he brought him a sausage making kit in his Christmas Stocking. Very fiddly to make but good fun and he was suitably proud of the tasty end result. One of the Cumberland swirls is in the freezer awaiting BBQ weather.
Both boy and girl are big fans of School Dinners and opt for them over packed lunches. Friday 8th March was the first International School Meals day and there was an American themed menu on offer. Nick Nairn tweeted seeking photos of lunches on that day so off boy went with his camera. Wasn't sure what the reaction would be following the Martha Payne Never Seconds blog but Dorothy the cook was more than happy to let him take a photo.
The menu for the day was:
Chicken Noodle Soup

Butchers Beef Burger in a Bun
Southern Fried Chicken Goujons
Mac & Cheese (Macaroni & Cheese)
Sweetcorn and Salad
Served with Extra Thin French Fries

“Big Apple Pie” with Ice-Cream

I have to say that I always love the sound of all the meals on the Aberdeenshire Council Primary School Menus. The sheer variety of cuisine and choice of dishes are a far cry from my own recollections of 70's and 80's school dinners.
On the back of the menu planner is a recipe for one of the dishes from that term. Because he loves it at school, boy wanted to recreate Lentil Dahl at home. I'm guessing the recipe has been scaled down from industrial catering size so we had to alter it a bit to make it work for us.

200g red lentils
3 salmon fillets
100g chopped fresh tomatoes (we used frozen chopped tomatoes)
1tbsp oil
1 onion - chopped
vegetable stock cube/250ml water
large pinch chilli powder
1tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground corriander
1 tsp ground cumin
fresh corriander
Saute the onion in the oil and add the ground spices. Add the lentils, tomatoes and vegetable stock and simmer until the lentils are soft. This should take around 20 minutes and you may need to add additional boiling water. Skin and chop the salmon fillets. Stir through the lentil mixture for about 5 minutes until cooked. Mix through chopped fresh corriander.
School Dinner Salmon and Lentil Dahl
Last on the menu for now is a dish created by boy following our visit to the Lostbus Cafe. He had a Sweet Potato Wrap and wanted to try and recreate it at home. I suggested that we roasted wedges of sweet potato, along with pepper and onions however I was swiftly informed that to recreate the dish we also needed some mashed sweet potato. So one large boiled and mashed potato was spread over the wraps which were then filled with the roasted veg, folded up and toasted in the George Foreman Grill. 
So it looks like I've created a mini foodie. Which is no bad thing especially when he brings me breakfast in bed. He'll make someone a good wife one day.
Kyle Cooks


  1. Well done Kyle. Can't wait for you to come and cook for Granny and Granda!

  2. Some really nice and tasty recipes on your blog. Will definitely try a couple of them upon my next visit to my friends from Fraserburgh computer service. Great job!


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