What is this challenge? Students had to come up with as many food items as they could for under 3.00 and incorporate all five food groups. Basically, the students had to see if they could make a meal that could compete with the caf. Google was besieged with the frantic typing of words such as 'frugal' and 'budget'. It brought me back to my days at University but these students made much better choices with meals :).Once all the ingredients were bought, students had to crunch the numbers to figure out how much each serving was. The results ranged from $1.50 to $2.50 per meal.
Part of the beauty of food is sharing with others. Today, I took my leadership class to the Downtown Eastside to truly experience what addiction and homelessness is all about. However, the grade eight class helped out as well by baking over a hundred cookies to be delivered to the shelter we were visiting. The director at the shelter wanted to give a a big thanks to those grade eights! You put a big smile on those using the shelter.
After learning about what street food is, students had the task of making one themselves. Some were inspired by more traditional street food from places such as Mexico and India while others looked at food stalls typically found in Downtown Vancouver. Keeping with the 'rules' of street food, they were fast to make and fast to finish!
Today the students got to pick their starch (udon, chow mein, vermicelli, egg noddle, or jasmine rice), a protein (tofu or chicken) and a vast array of vegetables (minimum three). Once they had their meal, they had to pick a sauce (teriyaki, garlic chili, honey garlic, sweet chili, soy). Then, the students had to stir-fry all the ingredients in a wok basing when items got 'thrown' into the wok by their optimal stir-fry cooking time. The result, a healthy meal where the students truly got to pick what they put into it!
Dave McCallum is a Foods Studies teachers at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia