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    I remember getting my Basic Food Hygiene while doing my Home Economics GCSE.

    Luckily at my school we were allowed to put our ingredients in a fridge at the beginning of the day if our lessons weren't at the start.

    Having cooking spilling in bags was a big problem, it never managed to happen to my in a big way, but I remember someone's bag being awash with curry sauce!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember getting my Basic Food Hygiene while doing my Home Economics GCSE.

    Luckily at my school we were allowed to put our ingredients in a fridge at the beginning of the day if our lessons weren't at the start.

    Having cooking spilling in bags was a big problem, it never managed to happen to my in a big way, but I remember someone's bag being awash with curry sauce!
    I recall all these memories you mention here including in-particular spilling stuff in bags and doing my Basic Food Hygiene - though this was until 1998-sh at College.

    Great memories indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tim View Post
    I enjoyed the actual cooking part of "Food Technology" / "Design & Technology: Food" / "Food Studies" - depending what they decided to call it that year. "Home Economics" had been kicked into touch as the subject name (or as my Nana used to say "Domestic Science) when I was at secondary school (1991 - 1996).

    What I found tedious was the theory side of things, particularly in the later years (GCSE - Years 10 & 11), when the first six weeks of each term would comprise of turgid "design briefs", which meant endless written work and / or research, discussing as a class and in groups etc. All in the name of making an apple crumble or a dozen scones by the time we'd got eight weeks into term!

    In 1994, when I first went into Year 10, we all did a course (paid for by the school) which saw us gain "Basic Food Hygiene" certificates. Great ... only we were neither old enough to work in kitchens, or allowed to hold school "work permits" (see my comments about those elsewhere on this forum) which would have enabled us to utilise them in any case! (I think it was just another bit of paperwork that the school expected us to brag about on our C.V.'s).

    I do remember many times, especially in the summer, that we'd get to class late in the day, and ingredients we'd have to drag around all day had "gone off", particularly cream / milk. I also recall someone thinking it was hilarious to chuck flour from someones bag all over the changing rooms when we'd been playing rugby in P.E. - the teacher was less than amused, hollering at the instigator, in between coughing fits!

    I also thought I was the "big man" one day when we were cooking something in Year 11, to do with a "Restaurant Project" - one of the more popular girls was making some sort of pork-based casserole, and had what I thought was a small bottle of "Olde English" cider. I asked for a swig ... with a grin she duly obliged. Unfortunately, the bottle was full of vegetable oil ...
    I recall all these Memories you mention here Big Tim - these days sure where the days - happy memories!!

    Borrowing stuff off mates too, selling it at Lunch, eating Crab Apples too before baking them in Crumbles etc 9not as I ate them) and kids being sick through them!

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    I chose to do Home Economics to get out of wood/metal work lol

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    I always associated cookery lessons with the girls carrying a whicker basket with ingredients (and later finished product) covered under a tea towel.

    I remember on at least two occasions a recipe went wrong, and I also remember when we did chocolate chip cookies, the recipe went perfectly - the only problem was that when we put them in the oven and took them out again, they had grown inside the oven to one big cookie. We had to get a knife and slice them up, making them look like flapjacks or something, before putting them in the biscuit tin and carrying them home.

    And unlike at home, you weren't allowed to lick the spoon or bowl for Health and Safety reasons!

    We had cookery as the final lesson on Wednesday afternoons, and the lesson before that was swimming. As I didn't want to take the ingredients to the leisure centre with me, the school secretary looked after them until I came back to school, and I would pick them up on my way to the next lesson.

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    Another memory that has just come to me - we were doing a cookery lesson in the Infants, and we all went down to our local Sainsbury's (not there anymore) to get the ingredients, similar to the line of kids that would walk down to the local swimming baths each week. I remember cocoa powder as one of the ingredients for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I always associated cookery lessons with the girls carrying a whicker basket with ingredients (and later finished product) covered under a tea towel.

    I remember on at least two occasions a recipe went wrong, and I also remember when we did chocolate chip cookies, the recipe went perfectly - the only problem was that when we put them in the oven and took them out again, they had grown inside the oven to one big cookie. We had to get a knife and slice them up, making them look like flapjacks or something, before putting them in the biscuit tin and carrying them home.

    And unlike at home, you weren't allowed to lick the spoon or bowl for Health and Safety reasons!

    We had cookery as the final lesson on Wednesday afternoons, and the lesson before that was swimming. As I didn't want to take the ingredients to the leisure centre with me, the school secretary looked after them until I came back to school, and I would pick them up on my way to the next lesson.
    This' the same here for me here George - I recall all these what you mention .... and of course recipes going wrong!!

    I recall once I was making scones and they became the new fangled Rock Buns that superseeded Scones as a trend in my 1990s School-days!!

    as I have said before - I have so many many amazing memories of H.E, it was almost a relief to have that lesson, as as just as with Art and Danny on GH, I had not 1 (as in Kendall's case) but 2 great Teachers (or 4 if you include again Art and HE at my 2nd secondary)who just knew their subjects so well and taught them as they should be - which can not always be as easily expressed in theory Classes occasionaly I found!!

    80sChav

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