School canteen food…

Last Monday I got to run the canteen for the cherubs.  Thankfully there were a few cherubs away so I only had to make 54 lunches and enough recess to feed the 54 people.

It was pretty simple food that day…

Recess was a choice of:

  • sultanas
  • fruit (apples and oranges)
  • yoghurt
  • jelly cups
  • toasted ham and cheese sandwich
  • toasted cheese and tinned spaghetti sandwich
  • choc chip muffins
  • drinks – fruit juice box, fruit juice bottle, bottled water or flavoured milk

Lunch was a choice of:

  • toasted sandwiches – there was a mixture of ham and cheese, chicken and cheese, chicken, cheese and mayo and ham and spaghetti (sometimes it is safer not to question what a child wants to eat)
  • sausage roll
  • lasagne – heat and serve style
  • spaghetti bolegnaise – heat and serve style
  • drinks – fruit juice box, fruit juice bottle, bottled water or flavoured milk

and then there were icecreams and icypoles on sale at lunch time.

But it got me thinking about when I was at school and the sort of food that canteens sold.

I was in primary school from 1981 until 1987 and high school from 1988 until 1994 (I did year 12 twice so that I could get into university).

Back in those days at primary school there was the once a month chicken and chips day, nothing like some hot chips at lunch time.  There was also chocolate yogo with chocolate buddies or freckles that you would mix in (I nearly fell over in shock when the cherubs were offered chocolate yogo earlier this year).  At high school there was soft drink for sale at recess and lunch, hot jam donuts available before school, recess and lunch time, hot cheese rolls (bread rolls with melted cheese in them that you would always put chips in – cold chips not hot chips), dim sims.

I’m sure there was no such thing as making sure that the canteen was mostly healthy food choices back then like there is now!


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