Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Broken!

Unfortunately I have to choose my lunches differently now because I have only 1 hand to eat with. Last night at athletics club in the first race I tripped and fell on my hand. It was still sore this morning so I went to hospital and ended up with a stookie on my wrist. 'Stookie' is our Scots word for a plaster cast. My dinners will have to be easy to eat for the next few weeks. My friends are really helpful and they helped me carry my tray at dinner.



Lunch was really nice today and it helped cheer me up. Macaroni Cheese at school is so creamy and it's nice to have it with the crunchy radishes and peppers. You don't have to have mash with the macaroni but they offered me some and I took it as I always have mash if it's offered. We don't get jelly often, maybe about twice in every 4 weeks, and I like to put it on my spoon and suck it through my teeth. It's so slippy it doesn't really make a noise so I don't upset my friends!

Food-o-meter- 10/10
Mouthfuls- 37
Courses- main/dessert
Health Rating- 5/10
Price- £2
Pieces of hair- 0
Ease of eating with wrist in stookie- 9/10
Wristband- Yellow
Mary's Meal Total-180 children fed for a year or 25.8% of a kitchen. Thank you!

Erica who works in a school kitchen in San Francisco, California, America (12 seconds, I got lucky!) sent me this photo of a student's lunch. 'It was pulled pork taco salad day with brown rice and cantaloupe. We always have chicken noodle as well as a vegetable soup--in this picture she has chosen the potato leek soup. Though this wasn't my lunch, I rated it since I did eat after the kids. :)'



Food-o-meter- 9/10
Mouthfuls- how do you keep track?!
Courses-starter/entree
Health Rating- 9/10
Price- (included in tuition)
Pieces of hair- 0

Erica is in charge of the salad bar at the school which I think is really cool. It contains 15 different bowls of salad goodies (like blanched veggies, boiled beans, grain salads, etc.) as well as cheeses, boiled eggs, nuts and house made dressings and the kids can help themselves! I would choose boiled eggs and cheeses. Thanks for sending it in.

Big day at Nick Nairn's cookery school tomorrow meeting people so I'll have to remember my sling and my camera!

VEG








42 comments:

  1. You poor thing! I hope you can still write okay at school and that it isn't too painful. Your lunch today looks good, although I think I'd still be hungry at the end of it! Looking forward to reading about your meeting tomorrow - good luck!

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  2. I am sorry to hear that you broke your hand. I hope you are feeling better soon.

    I love reading your blog, and love learning about the language differences between Scotland and America just as much as I love seeing all the different lunches from around the world (it makes me wish I were back in school so I could have a lunch picture to send in). All of my friends are enamored with the fact that you call them Ice Lollies. We call them Popsicles here.

    Keep blogging! You are an amazing person!

    ~L~

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  3. Looks yummy. I like the fresh peppers with your mac n cheese. I think I'll make that for my daughter for lunch today. Sorry about your hand, hopefully it will heal soon. How nice of your friends to help you, what good people they are. Good luck tomorrow at the cookery school!

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  4. Hi VEG, I'm Victor, from Brazil.
    I love your blog, you are a very cheerful and smart girl!
    I'll try to help sending you a brazilian dish pic when I can.
    Get better soon!

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  5. Hope your wrist isn't too painful, I'm off to the hospital tomorrow as I hurt my foot playing football yesterday.

    Your food today looks really yummy and the salad lovely and fresh.
    Will try and remember my camera tomorrow to take a picture of my students' lunches. (I'm a teacher)

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  6. Another lunch that looks skimpy - poor Veg! At least you like the macaroni cheese.

    That lunch from San Francisco is the BROWNEST meal I've ever seen. Ick.

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  7. Aw, VEG, sorry to hear about your hand. Good for you for photographing and typing anyway! Along with all your many followers, I think your blog is superb, and I enjoy learning about school lunches from around the globe. I've encouraged some school kids I know to send you their photos! I hope your hand mends very soon!
    Kathy (New York City)

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  8. Sorry to hear about your hand, Veg :-(
    Hope it's better soon!

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  9. Bless your heart, my daughter (13 years old now) broke both her arms at the same time, right before summer vacation, when she was your age. They were very good at school and both teachers and students were eager to help. I'm sure that your school pals will be glad to help you. She was most disappointed that she couldn't go swimming. from Athens, Alabama, USA.

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  10. Get well soon, Veg! Was it your main hand (the one you normally use for writing) or your off-hand? Good to hear your friends are so helpful. (I still eat my jelly that same way. *grin*)

    Is your stookie the old-fashioned plain white kind, or one of the new day-glo coloured ones? The new ones look a lot more colourful, but the old kind are much easier for your friends to sign.

    Have loads of fun today with Nick Nairn!

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  11. Sorry about your hand! Glad to see a 10/10.

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  12. good to post lunch...
    but i 'm hungry

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  13. Sorry to hear about your hand! I broke mine last summer, and had to have my cast (stookie) on for 7 weeks! You are very lucky that you will probably heal faster, being much younger than me (I have grand children close to your age!). I've been enjoying reading your food blog, and I'm happy to know that you care so much about what you eat! :) Keep up the good work.

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  14. Hi Veg! Sorry to hear that you hurt your hand. I live in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina in the United States and I saw your blog featured on "This Is True" by Randy Cassingham. I have really enjoyed your postings and encourage you to keep up the good work!

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  15. Sorry to hear about your wrist. I've never broken anything as important as that, just toes and fingers! But they hurt and I can imagine something bigger must be really uncomfortable. Good for you for going to school today!

    I left school a long time ago (over 20 years!) but where I work in Nottingham we have a restaurant that serves lunches. I don't have any pictures (I'll have to try to get you some) but every day there are:-
    * two homemade soups to choose from
    * two different pizzas
    * jacket potatoes with cold fillings like cheese, cottage cheese or tuna OR hot fillings like beans or chilli
    * a roasted meat with either potatoes and two vegetables or in a bap/roll/cob. When it's beef, like it was today, you can also have a massive Yorkshire Pudding
    * There's also always a different main meal, served "theatre" style (i.e. a chef cooks it fresh) - today it was a fresh fish bar, sometimes it's fajitas or noodles or risotto
    * There's also always a faster meal - something pre-cooked like lasagne or a pie
    On top of all that we have a salad bar that also makes fresh sandwiches, wraps and paninis.
    Thursday is curry day; there's always three different curries to choose from, with naan, poppadoms and bhajis to choose from as a side dish.
    We're very, very lucky and I think we have one of the best restaurants ever. Food costs anything from about £1 (for soup and a roll) to £3.50 (for the roast dinner) which is really reasonable. We also have microwaves if I want to bring food in from home and reheat it, and fridges if I want to bring cold food in.
    I hope this is useful. Keep up the blogging!

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  16. Sorry to hear about your hand! Get well soon!

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  17. Martha, don't let Aryll and Blute stop your blog! You can still post photos of meals that people send you and raise money for Mary's Meals. Just because they banned you from taking photos doesn't mean they can stop you from blogging. Love your blog and what you've started!

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  18. That looks like quite a nice lunch, much better than some of the other offerings, good luck with your blog Martha, amazing how over sensitive some people are.

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  19. Just want to say that I think your blog is a great idea, and I hope you continue it. I wish I could have done it when I was at school!

    Your school dinners look much better than mine did when I was in primary school, but rather weirdly, we had the exact same trays and soup cups as you do 18 years ago! (and the plastic desert spoons rather than metal ones, grr)

    I currently work in a school in the NE of Scotland and I occasionally have a school dinner, depending what is on. I might send you a picture of it if you keep your blog going :-)


    Hope ye get yer stookie aff soon!

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  20. SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO EAT (AFRICA, AMERICA LATIN, ETC.) AND HERE, CRY FOR THE BAD LUNCH. IT'S A MIRACLE THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT.

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    1. She's already aware of this, hence the work she's doing for Mary's Meals.

      No need for this type of comment Carlos, she's a 9 year old child doing amazing things. Appreciate the people doing good instead of knocking them down please.

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    2. You obviously haven't noticed the charity that this amazing girl (Hi Veg!) has also chosen to support (Mary's Meal http://www.justgiving.com/neverseconds ) in addition to drawing worldwide attention to, and encouraging discussion about, the very important issue of childhood nutrition. You're an idiot.

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    3. Carlos, your post is somewhat redundant now :) Way to go Martha. Oh and Carlos, being as you are so concerned, how about a little donation

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    4. Oh dear Carlos... Oh dear indeed.

      I imagine you feel really foolish now and so you should!

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    5. I feel it necessary to mention, that just because there are starving people in the world, does not mean one should settle for anything less than a nutritional lunch in public school. I'm gonna guess most car owners don't walk to work just because they're neighbor has none, but hopefully they offer him/her a ride. It is very wonderful that Martha is using her skills to bring attention to the issue of nutrition and to raise money to help those others in the countries you describe, Carlos. But don't knock anyone for pushing for what is right. It seems to that Martha is crying for nothing, she is exposing the bad and the good.

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  21. I knew about you trough the news paper, i like your blog

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  22. Your such a little hero Martha - have really enjoyed following your story - your an inspiration - not a threat to the very silly council!

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  23. None of it looks that bad to be honest....much better than I had as a kid....and in the short time you been doing this, I would have eaten enough random hairs to make a wig back in the day. I live in Geneva now, where a simple take away lunch cost between 10 and 18 pounds and none of them taste half as good a yours look and ranked. You don't know how lucky you are!!!!

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    1. I think she's pretty aware of how fortunate she is, hence the money she raises for charity.

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  24. Well done Veg. You are a star!

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  25. I am 67 years old and in all my years I wasn't aware there is any other way to eat jelly other than suck it through the teeth. ;)

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  26. It looks 100% better than what they serve in American school cafeterias... I know that for certain.

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  27. Well done Veg for making this blog. I find it difficult to see how this meal can cost anybody in the UK £2 to create unless they pay your dinner staff banker's wages.Keep up the excellent work.

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  28. What I'm most struck by is the day-to-day variety you have. My elementary school lunches were almost always chicken nuggets, pizza, or spaghetti with green beans or mashed potatoes and an apple. Besides the apple everything was heavily processed and not good. I wish blogging had been a thing back then!
    Anyway my point was to ask: are your classmates as open-minded about trying new foods and eating all heir veggies as you are? American children in my experience are very picky eaters.

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  29. HI EVERYONE. MY NAME IS LOURDINO MARQUES, I AM A GEOGRAPHIE TEACHER IN ALGARVE , PORTUGAL. I JUST READ THIS HEADLINE. MY COMMENT IS: IT´S AMAZING ABOUT THE CAPACITY AND STRONG WILL COMING FROM MARTHA ONE YOUNG GIRL. mY CONGRATULATIONS AND I GET TO SAY ALL MY SUPORT, GO AHED ´GOD BLESS ALL THAT GAVE THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR AFRICAN CHILDREN. I WISH TO KNOW HOW CAN GIVE MY CONTRIBUTION.
    SHAME ON YOU GUYS FROM COUNCIL, LONG LIVE TO THIS BLOG.

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  30. Love your blog! I check it out pretty often. I do hope your hand heals quickly and that you aren't in too much discomfort. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from Chatham, NJ in the US.

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  31. Thanks for your blogs, VEG! I hope you don't mind that I've added a post in my own blog to link to yours. Keep on doing what you're doing, li'l darlin'!

    -Jes from Puyallup, Washington - USA

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  32. Anche io ti ho aggiunto ai miei blog personali.
    Un abbraccio dall'Italia e grazie di questa bella iniziativa. Ciao bella bambina.

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  33. Wonderful lunches compared to the ones served in my daughters school here in US. The menu sounded delectable so when she complained I went to have lunch with her. The "turkey gravy" was congealed brilliant yellow that did not look like food in any way. The "pumpkin bread" was scooped out of a pan and landed in a brown unappetizing pile. I actually had to ask what I was being served.Sad really because the kids on reduced lunch plan had to eat this stuff.
    My daughter took her home made lunch.
    Thank you for sharing your lunches, give the US something to shoot for.

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  34. thank you

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