Easy Recipes for Starting Back to School


With most schools reopening after the holidays this week, I thought it would be nice to start the new year with some fresh quick recipes you can prepare in a few minutes! (also very tasty!)

  1. Pumpkin Soup


Pumpkin soup is delicious, wholesome and easy to make!

What you need to make pumpkin soup!

  • 1 Butternut squash/1 Pumpkin
  • 2 Potatoes
  • 1 garlic
  • 125ml of cream (if you’re feeling adventurous!)
  • 150 ml water / chicken stock / milk (there has been varying debates over the holidays as to which one is best – thus I leave it open to your own preference)
  • salt and pepper for taste

How to make it!

  1. Chop pumpkin into small cubes.
  2. Add water and pumpkin to saucepan.
  3. Let pumpkin boil for forty to forty-five minutes.
  4. Boil potatoes and add to pumpkin at around the half an hour mark.
  5. Once boiled, add cream and leave to cool.
  6. Once cooled blend together and add salt and pepper if needed.


Salad and Salmon.

salmon salad

What you need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Chopped up carrot
  • Nuts
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Salmon
  • Cottage Cheese or yoghurt (optional)

How to make it.

  1. Find a lunch box.
  2. Wash all vegetables.
  3. Chop everything up.
  4. Ready to go.

Two healthy lunch or dinner options for returning to school. Also, these meals can be eaten cold or hot making them ideal for the current weather.

For more ideas for warm and healthy recipes for returning to school in the new year check out these three apps (free to download from chrome app store and apple store):

  1. Recipes with Drive
  2. Cooking Light
  3. Eating Well










Winter foods


Today 2pm looked like 11pm. Pitch black darkness.

Winter is defiantly here – the little bit of Indian Summer we had is well and truly over now.

However, how do you keep healthy during these cold darkening months?

Food plays a huge part of our lives – especially when in school. Teachers and students alike are in school usually from half eight in the morning until four or five in the evening depending on how long it takes to return home thus food is important!

Healthy Foods to eat during winter!


Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when the rest of the produce section looks bleak. In fact, a frost can take away the bitterness of kale. These greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.

citrus fruit

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C—one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose.


Winter Squash

There are many varieties of winter squash—including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash—and they are all excellent choices in the winter. One cup of cooked winter squash has few calories (around 80) but is high in both vitamin A (214 percent of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33 percent), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.

National Chocolate Day


In honour of it being National Chocolate Day and realising that I have not made a Religious Education Resource Post recently – I am going to take the opportunity to do both!

johnny_depp_chocolat_movie_poster_b_2achocolat film posterChocolat (2000)

No spoilers

Chocolat describes the story of a Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk who open a chocolate shop in a quiet traditional French Village. However, she opens the chocolate day on the first day of Lent – which causes a stir among the quiet French Village.

Not only has she caused a stir by opening a tempting chocolate shop during Lent – she goes against traditional norms by having an illegitimate child and being an atheist (please do bare in mind the cultural and time setting of this film if showing it in a classroom). Nevertheless, this does not deter her as she gradually begins to win                                                               over the townspeople with not only her  chocolate but her personality.

This is a great film for teaching Religious Education – overcoming stereotypes. One of the biggest downfalls of Religious Education in an academic environment is there simply isn’t enough time to go through every single religion, cult, sect, belief, understanding, traditions etc. etc. thus we tend to generalise which in turn leads to stereotyping.

Also, another theme that comes through is the power of friendship. Throughout the film it’s highlighted how friendship can overcome differences.

Happy Chocolate Day!