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Monday, September 25, 2006

Jamie Oliver

In Australia, we have no tradition of school dinners of the kind that people in the United Kingdom are used to.
So while Jamie Olivers current campaign of giving kids school dinners is admirable, there are parts of it that are puzzling to me (and my cousin, who is also Australian).
There seem to be 2 main points that he is pushing:
1) Kids should stop eating junk and eat healthy food. No argument there.
2) They should be having a hot meal at lunchtime.
What the fuck?
Generations of Australian schoolchildren have managed perfectly well on sandwiches.
Why does it have to be hot?
This may sound like a minor complaint about an important issue, but surely if he just got over the "hot" part of his campaign then half the trouble would be solved.


Anonymous said...

We had hot meals in high school...if we paid for them.

There are lunch programs in schools here, for those in need, but 99% of the time they are sandwiches, fruit and a drink.

I did enjoy the school dinner's program though. I was flabbergasted by some of the things the kids said, even what the parents said.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with a vegemite sandwich and a VB?

dodo said...

Sweet Jamie-Oliver-Twist... should be on a poster of the school dinner campaign!

limbolo said...

I think the 'hot meal' thing has an educational twist. Sadly, much of our infant population are the children of morons. The school dinner may be the best meal they can get. At home they may only get snacks and processed crap so better to go for more ambitious grub than a sandwich.
One idiot-woman told Jamie O that she wouldn't do shepherd's pie because it's posh. I think it might be the word - shepherd. It never shows up in the vernacular so rarity must make it 'posh'.

Boris Hiestand said...

I grew up on good old sandwiches as well; the hot meal was something for the evening. It is the parent's responsibility to 'teach' kids outside of school, and that includes a decent evening meal.

I enjoy that show though! Good for him to struggle against so much idiocy. It's amazing they still haven't banned the SHIT they have in their scool menus.
The way some(or rather- a lot, maybe even most)things are run in this country keep surpring me and working me up.

Oscar Grillo said...

Starchy food (Remember bread?) will make you dozy during digestion...........
Get it?

Elliot Cowan said...

Neil - shepard flesh is a delicacy in many nations.

Boris - when you type the word SHIT in capitals, it's very easy to imagine the way you say it.

Oscar - I'm sure you ate plenty of it growing up as well, pal.

Patricia said...

Shepherd's pie ("pastel de carne" in Spanish) is a humble dish for people on a tight budget, and far from being posh it's considered cheap but nutritious anywhere but in Britain. Very resourceful it gives you protein and carbohydrates, and served with peas, vitamins. In my school days we eat a lot of lentils, which I hated but were also cheap and nutritious. We had to eat them watched over by very strict nuns! Aaargh...I can see their point now, though. Bring back a nation-wide health plan for the British population, I say!

Elliot Cowan said...

Oh I love lentils!

limbolo said...

Me too.
I've never eaten a shepherd as such, but I'm willing to give it a go, if it's legal... The ones my sister knows smell a might gamey to me.

Elliot Cowan said...

Tell your sister to stay away from shepherds...

Mette said...

HAHaha. :D

Ahem. I totally agree. I norway we managed to make our own food at home and bring it to school. What's so hard about that. Sandwhices are good, and drink your milk boy.

Btw, I l-l-love the Oliver Twist-sketch. It's so funny. Omg, i act like a total groupie. :p I'm not (yet). Eheh.


Boris Hiestand said...

lentejas con chorizo! out of a can of course

Matt Jones said...

Oliver's a twat.

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