Seasonal Foods

When you buy seasonal food you are helping to reduce environmental impact caused by the shipping & transportation from other countries, this means less refrigeration as well as supporting local farming demand for out of season produce…If produce is not being shipped this means there are less artificial hothouses, less fuels and less irradiation of produce which generally helps to produce less GHG emissions, compared to fruit and vegetables that are grown under protection, are imported or stored!

Food picked in season is also usually a lot cheaper than that of its out-of-season counterparts because overheads are lower due to the above mentioned stages required to transport and store goods.

It’s more nutritious. Eating locally is not only tastier, it’s also healthier! Ripe fruits and vegetables contain the most nutrients, as the minute they’re picked, their plant cells begin to shrink and their nutrients diminish

Within our Food & Nutrition GCSE Courses, Year 10 & 11 have been focusing on ingredients which are in season (and some even grown in department using our urban cultivator to start them off which was funded by The Savoy Educational Trust). The current theme being Butternut Squash.

Year 11 students followed a French recipe making ‘Butternut Squash Sage and Gruyère Pithivier’ where they each brushed-up on their pastry making skills by making the rough puff pastry themselves and practiced their outer pastry designs.

The pastry was made from scratch individually by each student using the new blast chiller which was also funded by the Savoy Educational Trust. We get so much use from the blast chiller in this department! its sometimes used in all three double-periods per day! It has been incredibly beneficial to all of our students in showing them industry standard procedures and bringing a higher quality finish to their final dishes. It has also been beneficial to students by speeding up the making time and allowing more theory teaching time.

Year 10 students worked on improving their home-made pasta skills with a ‘Butternut Squash, Spinach, Ricotta stuffed Tortellini’ with the pasta made fresh and rolled out both by hand and by use of a pasta press.
Below is their process.

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