Cooking Bus recipe for healthier eating in North Wales

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

CHILDREN at a North East Wales school will be given tips on how to prepare healthy meals when the Cooking Bus comes to town.

The bus, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, will be at Brynteg Memorial Centre, benefiting pupils from Brynteg CP School, from Monday-Friday, May 17-21.

The visit is part of the Focus on Food Campaign, which aims to support the teaching of cooking in schools across the country and reinforce pupils’ existing knowledge of basic nutrition, food safety and hygiene.

The giant, hi-tech lorry opens out into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen/classroom where qualified food teachers give pupils, parents and the community practical cooking lessons.

It also trains teachers so they can continue helping youngsters learn about food and cooking.

Staff on the bus will show pupils and teachers how to make and prepare vegetable samosas, various soups, fruit kebabs, bruschetta, roasted vegetable couscous salad and much more.

The bus will also host a special cookery class for members of the local community, who will learn how to make dishes such    as cauliflower cheese, harvest vegetable soup, lunchbox wraps and berry and lime refreshers.

The bus visits primary schools in Communities First areas which are part of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes and are implementing food and fitness actions as part of their work.

Claire Broad, healthy schools officer for Wrexham Council, said: “The Cooking Bus is a fantastic concept that engages both school pupils and the wider community on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

“We hope these sessions will extend pupil knowledge of basic nutrition and the importance of making healthy food choices, in particular the consumption of fruit and vegetables.”

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