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French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 16

Wagyu Steak Sandwich - half - Sapore AUD18
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Welcome Back!  So, did you figure out what salsifis, a vegetable served on the menu for Day 15?  YES, you guessed it!  White Radish!  The French kids are eating savory donuts made with white radish.  That is impressive!  Would love to try that dish.  Seems a bit complicated to make. But, I will investigate and if I seems easy to make and delicious to eat, I will put it in the list of recipes served in the Pau school lunch program.  And, here we are back to our Friday school lunch menus for Toms River, NJ and Pau, France.  If you have been reading the other school lunch menus for the previous 16 school lunch days, you will know by heart what is on the menu for lunch on Fridays in Toms River, NJ….Yes!  Pizza day…Domino’s Pizza served with Rosati’s Italian Ice.  For Pau, the menu has rotated yet..which means it changes daily, it doesn’t seem to repeat.  Lot of preparation for the dietitian and chef for the meal planning; yet more flexibility to put in seasonal foods and local specialities.  So, as they say “without further adieu”  …the menu for DAY 16~!  Bon Appetit!

Toms River, NJ

Choice of 1 main dish, 2 sides and served with a half pint of milk

Domino’s Pizza or Tossed Salad with Tuna

Green Peppers with Ranch Dip

Rosati’s Italian Ice


Pau, France

Served with slices of baguette and water

Cucumber and Corn Salad

Paella with Fish

Slice of Comte Cheese

Cup of Peaches


What do you think about what the French kids are eating?  Paella with fish…that must mean that they are preparing paella with pieces of fish instead of mussels (which is a normal ingredient in paella).  This is probably wise to do as I don’t think that mussels are well liked by younger kids, especially 3-5 year olds.  Plus there is more of a risk of food “intoxication” with mussels, and so for this I don’t believe the chef wanted to take the risk to prepare the paella this way.  Using fish you can be sure to prepare the dish until all the meat and fish is well cooked.  There is of course, the typical slice of cheese and fruit for dessert.  Overall, perhaps a nice menu for the school lunch.  Do you agree?  Don’t hesitate to send me your school lunch menus, your thoughts, your ideas…I will publish them…



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2 Responses to French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 16

  1. Amanda October 13, 2010 at 21:30 #

    The French menu sounds like something I would serve for a weekend brunch! Good lord.


  1. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - October 9, 2010

    RT @mbrighton66 French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 16:

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