Sheffield pupils cook up a storm for pie challenge

Cookathon Greenlands Primary
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Lessons on ‘pie’ not ‘pi’ absorbed pupils at a Sheffield school as they got up to their elbows in a culinary challenge.

Young Jamies and Nigellas from Anston Greenlands Primary School rolled up their sleeves and tied on their aprons to take part in cottage pie masterclasses as part of a national initiative.

Pupils mashed, chopped, blended and baked in a bid to create the perfect cottage pie for the ‘Big Cookathon 2016’.

The event launched by The Children’s Food Trust and the Tesco Eat Happy Project is to help teach children about how to prepare and cook food, while learning about the origins of their favourite meals. It encourages everyone to cook healthy meals from scratch, rather than rely on ready meals and processed foods.

This weekend, April 22-25, groups across the country including school children, families and members of the Women’s Institute will get busy in their kitchens to bake more cottage pies.

Children’s Food Trust CEO, Linda Cregan, said: “This recipe takes its inspiration from a time when meals were eaten by families around a table at home, without the distraction of mobile phones and computer games. The Big Cookathon is one way to get back a bit of that precious family time.

“Learning to cook is an essential life skill and when children eat better, they do better.”

To sign up to the ‘Big Cookathon 2016’ and make your own cottage pie with your family, friends or colleagues, visit www.bigcookathon.org.uk and pledge to cook.

Jodi Burt, who co-runs The Tesco Eat Happy Project, says: “We’re delighted to be able to provide children with the important skills and knowledge they need to eat healthily.

“We hope that we can encourage more children to get involved in cooking by showing them how they can prepare delicious meals for themselves and their families to enjoy together.”