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Friday, February 10, 2012
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The oven is an important piece of equipment. Ever since reading the book Save Me by Lisa Scottoline in which an elementary school explodes and all the lunchladies die, I've been ever so slightly obsessed with gas leaks. We had a teeny one this week which was promptly fix but then the oven decided that it would not cook the following day. Talk about plan B. We got the chicken cooked by the fries mocked us. So we served salad.
Feta Cheese smells different to children. The kiddos were learning about Israel this week so we served a lovely fish nugget meal with a feta, tomato and cucumber salad. More than once, some helpful kindergartners told me they were "pretty sure somebody fro'd up in there." If I tell em' that's the cheese, do you think they'll still taste it? In their defense, it has been Puke-a-palooza this week at school. We've got kids droppin' left and right from the Puke-a-saurus Virus. Here's hoping I can continue to fend that one off.
Hummus can be mistaken for peanut butter. Also part of our Tastes of Israel, we served a quarter of a pita bread spread with hummus. Let's just say that if you're thinking peanut butter and you bite into hummus, you're gonna be disappointed.
I'll have a 1 oz serving of new regulations with a side of Mesclun. I learned this week that starting next year protein servings for K-8 drop from 2 oz. to 1 oz. of protein. If the kids are already upset with four chicken nuggets does that mean next year they only get two? Also dark green and orange veggies need to be served three or more times a week. I'm not sure about mesclun (pictured above) or butternut squash. Personally, those are hard sells for grown ups.
There is a good chance that I'm not smarter than a lunchlady manager. I decided to apply for my boss's position as Cafeteria Manager. Turns out you have to take a five page written test for this position and I didn't study. Um...admitting that this test was difficult probably makes me look really stupid, but I feel confident that you guys will give me some comment love. Here are some examples of the questions.
You have an employee who is refusing to wear a hairnet, what do you do? Not sure why there were four lines for the answer because my approach needed a lot fewer lines.
After being the manager for one year, give me three words each that the students, the teachers, the administrators, and the Child Nutrition Director will use to describe you? I hope employed is in there somewhere...LOL
How many cups are in 30 gallons? If you have 497 students eating cheeseburgers and the burgers come in 30 lbs cases and each case has 6 sleeves of 9 hamburgers how many cases do you need? How many dozen buns? How many flats of buns is that if each flat contains 30? Um....um...umm
Above is a sample menu for breakfast and for lunch. Under the current Foodservice guidelines are they reimbursable meals? If not, what would you add?
Did I mention this was five pages?
What did you learn this week?
- I'm a 40 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.