10.10.2010

french school lunch


I am a big fan of the CBS Sunday Morning program on Television and I try to catch it when I can, it's slow, they tell the whole story-slowly, it's not hype, it's calm and well thought out, it's not always bad news and very often it's just the GOOD news... who needs that, I DO!! (I miss Charles Kuralt, but I won't go there now) I happened to miss this program from Sunday, September 26th about school lunches in France, but it was just sent to me by a friend and I was ASTOUNDED! This could be a reason the French schools are so much better, the kids have a better lunch, and therefore they are smarter!

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Funny enough I was recently thinking about the idea kids going home for lunch as they do in Italy, what if American kids came home for lunch??... most of those kids would be alone as so many American families have two working parents! It seems that the French also use this curriculum, you have two hours for lunch, in which time you can go home and have lunch with your family (because if the working counterpart in the family works close-by they will also come home for lunch!) and then go back to school or work (and NO they do not work until 8pm, they still work until 6 or even 5pm). This is the norm in Italy and as I gather from this news spot, it's the same in France.

But the real story here is the school lunch in France, it looks delicious doesn't it!? What I love about it, far from the fact that it is made from scratch, is that they are not particularly fed what kids like, yet they are fed a meal that is lunch and not chicken nuggets because that is all you think your kids will eat. And notice that they are told to EAT. Not... "ooh honey what would you LIKE to eat and let me get that for you?"...

Just think if, in my store I only sold what you like now, not what I think you may like, a new trend, or interesting colors or a fun new shape, just that red t-shirt I know you love... BORING! It's the same way with food... If your kids keep getting squash to try, they see everyone else eating it without a problem, you don't make a big deal about getting them something else, one day, they will be hungry and just eat it! viola!... end of story, they are over not liking squash, it's just that easy. Another tangent here, back to the story...


Cooked from scratch school lunch! If you notice how the kitchen is run it's not about buying sterilized, radiated and processed food, it's about WASHING the ingredients before you cook them and having a clean kitchen! It's about making a healthy lunch with all the food groups... THIS is the story here... This is not impossible and if school lunches were able to be cooked from scratch, think of the Chefs this would create! Move over Jamie Oliver!

I see some jobs opening up here... someone call Mr. Obama. I think this could be what Mrs. Obama is talking about... hey!?

french school lunch menu

6 comments:

Flucky Mom said...

I'm right there with you! I marvel at the parents who work as short-ordee cooks for their kids and the amount of waisted food. I grew up having to eat the same meal as my parents. There were no "variations," no nuggets, no kids menus.

Anonymous said...

No doubt lunch at school in continental Europe is way more civilized...real food. HOWEVER, kids do NOT go home for lunch in Italy--even in the deep south.

teri said...

what a fascinating post! our family records SUNDAY MORNING. it is a family tradition going back to when my husband was a child. it really is quite a special show and hope that it continues for future generations. you are right in your observation that this show, unlike others is slow. It is wonderfully slow like a conversation... it is also thorough and deep and varied...simply wonderful.

And on the topic of school lunch, thankfully our school recently ditched our previous lunch providers and are using a new company that makes healthy organic food. (revolution foods). it is nowhere close to this french menu, but it is a start!

lilou said...

Vive la France!

Only joking but it is true that french " cantines" are good most of the time and way better than the one i see in Ireland for example but still, we, Frenchy, are not totally happy about it. we would like to have organic food more often...

a bientot

Lesley said...

We spent the past summer in Japan and had our kids go to school for a few weeks. Lunches there were made with "real" food. Kids are responsible for serving the lunches in their classrooms followed by cleaning the entire room (even mopping the floor). Hopefully lunches in the US will get better, we have a long way to go.

dolittledesign said...

Many times my son in second grade came home telling us he didn't have enough time to finish his lunch at school. 20 minutes is the time allocated for lunch for his class! He came home yesterday saying he only had 15 minutes because a science project/class ran over.