Renowned local Chef and journalist Paula McIntyre paid a visit to her old school in October to deliver a talk and demonstration to the Year 12 GCSE Home Economics pupils. In line with the pupils’ GCSE practical examination, she showed a creative use of fruit and vegetables. A great advocate of local produce and use of seasonal ingredients, Paula prepared Gnocchi cooked in chestnut oil, leeks, black garlic and smoked black pepper; Pumpkin wedges roasted with local rapeseed oil, flavoured with Sumac and served with her own fermented tomatoes. This was followed by indulgent Brownies with local caramelised plums, raspberries, orange blossom flowers and honeycomb shards. The pupils were enchanted by the skills she showed and the new ingredients she introduced.
On Wed 12th November Wenda Bristow a representative, from the Livestock & Meat Commission came to Dalriada to talk to the GCSE Home Economics class about the health benefits of meat in the diet. This was accompanied by a very interesting and lively demonstration of several dishes.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience which ended with an interactive Q&A session with prizes for the star pupils. The morning ended on a high with everyone sampling the delightful, tasty food!
Last Tuesday marked the opening of the new Home Economics suite at Dalriada by Chef, Broadcaster and former pupil Paula McIntyre. This new state-of-the-art suite allows Dalriada to have a new permanent home after many years using the facilities at the NRC campus in Ballymoney.
The new complex includes two cooking areas and two classrooms each with extensive computer facilities.
Permission was granted to build a new Home Economics Facility on site in 2012 and eventually work started on Mon 22nd April, 2013 in rain, hail and snow! The new building will comprise of two practical rooms furnished with brand new ‘state of the art’ equipment, two classrooms with computer facilities and a resource/technician room. The practical rooms will also have a work station especially adaptable to accommodate pupils with a physical disability. The Home Economics Department and pupils are very much looking forward to this very exciting development.
The photograph shows Home Economics Staff; Mrs McGonigle (Head of Department), Mrs D Huey, (HE teacher) and Mr Daniel McGinty, (Technician) pictured on-site.
The Belfast Cookery School operates in association with the well renowned Mourne Seafood Restaurant. The GCSE Home Economics class had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop sponsored by NI Seafood to encourage young people to cook and eat more fish. The pupils were given an entertaining talk about a huge variety of sustainable fish. Following a demonstration of each course, the pupils cooked these dishes for themselves, using the state of the art facilities, after which an enjoyable lunch was had by all!