Friday, May 21, 2010

What's for breakfast: Oatmeal?

By Ed Bruske
aka The Slow Cook

I was wondering why so many kids were exiting the food line with just a turkey sausage link on their trays. Then I saw what was being offered with the sausage. That furry ball you see in the picture that looks like a rolled-up woollen sock is supposed to be oatmeal. I don't know how anyone would eat it, or why any adult would think this would appeal to a child.

The 10-year-old girl to whom this tray belonged never touched the "oatmeal." It went straight into the trash after she ate the sausage.

Two other parents were sitting at the table this morning, just being near while their kids ate. One of the mothers originally is from Nigeria. She said she did not understand the food being served in our school here.

"In Africa, everything we eat is fresh," she said. "We don't have food like this. No frozen food. You buy your food fresh, and you eat it that day."


  1. Hi Ed-

    Just followed your Slow Cook link to this blog for the first time today, what a cool site! I love the way you're documenting school lunches so honestly- photo, info, student opinion. This should really shed some light on the issues that are going on in school lunchrooms across the country.

    Thanks for doing this!

  2. I thought I'd seen everything a school meal could possibly offer.
    A ball of oatmeal? I'm speechless.