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Making Meringues


I have a memory of when I was in P5; Mrs Gauld, my friends and I had to make meringues for a school event. First, we had to separate the yolk and the egg white, Mrs Gauld said that the easiest way to do that is to get a small cup and put it on top of the yolk then collect the egg white. When we tried we messed up every time but when Emma tried she got just enough so that we could move on. The next step involved Harley whisking the egg white, when he finished the egg white looked so white and fluffy. After that, Bethlin slowly added the sugar, then Harley got to whisk it again.

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recipe, cooking, children, baking, sweets

Manky Milk

Emma, Kirkcaldy High School , aged 14

It was the October holidays of 2007 and I was at Wemys Bay with my mum, aunt and brother for a week holiday. I’ve always been a really picky eater and still am to this day so my mum would always find it hard to get me to eat breakfast.

One morning my mum gave me cereal which I surprisingly ate however the milk had gone sour but my mum and aunt never bothered to stop me as it was the first time I’d actually eaten a meal that had been put down for me. I can remember them sitting boaking at the smell and the fact I was actually eating sour milk with coco pops.

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Missed the Train


Back when I was a young sprout – see what I did there?

Anyway. Back when I was 11 years old, when my mum was still on this side of living – well, she was obsessed with shopping. Whether it was clothes or jewellery. It really was anything she liked and had the money for (sometimes she didn’t and bought it anyway).

However, my story is specific to what I like to refer to as 'Suzanne's Week of Life'. I call it this because despite everything that was going on inside my mother's body at that time, her last full week of life was the happiest I ever saw her.

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Mushroom Substitute

Oscar, Cargilfield School, aged 12

My. Sister. Hates. Mushrooms.

No kidding. Hates mushrooms.

She also has keen mushroom spotting eyes, which are very good at mushroom spotting. Actually anything we have tried, she always spots the mushrooms.

Five minutes with any meal and she’ll pounce on them and…

“Oscar are there Mushrooms in this?”

Hesitation on my part. Immediate disgust from her.

“No there aren’t any mushrooms.”

Her, suspicious, prods any lumps in her meal (or if there aren’t any lumps she just generally prods).

“You sure…?”

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My Journey Without Gluten

Sophia, Corstorphine Primary School, aged 9

I was diagnosed with Coeliac’s Disease when I was 5 years old. It was quite a shock to my family but I didn’t understand it at the time. My little sister was very ill and had just been diagnosed with Coeliac’s Disease. I was tested as a precaution. I sometimes felt tired walking to and from school and occasionally got a sore tummy but that was it. Now I had to start eating without gluten. I didn’t even know what that meant.

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My Own Open Quesadilla

Sonja, Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh

My parents always care for me, give me the right things so I can grow up smart, healthy – physically and mentally strong.

My family always cook together. We rarely go to restaurants but when we go to other places, we seem to end up always making our own food using different ingredients from different parts of the world. I love this with my family.

I love everything about cooking. From preparing the fresh ingredients, then serving the food and seeing everything eaten with enjoyment. Even peeling potatoes is an art to me!

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Keywords (not used): 
family, home cooking, recipe, love