Hi again! Welcome to Day 8 for a comparison between two school lunch menus from two different countries: America and France. In America, we look at Toms River, New Jersey and in France a similar sized school district; Pau, France. Here is the menu for September 24, 2010. See my previous posts if you want to follow back from Day 1 to see the other menus.
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 Italian Ice
Served with slices of baguette and water
Wheat Grain Salad
Fish Gratin, Vichy Carrots (carrots cooked in mineral water and glazed with butter)
Here again are the links to Toms River, New Jersey school lunch menus, and Pau, France menus. Every Friday is pizza day in the Toms River school lunch program, with the same weekly menu: Domino’s Pizza and Rosati Italian Ice. As I mentioned yesterday, what is also interesting between the two systems is the WAY the food is served to the children. First, the schools in France are much smaller than in America. The school where my children go has 240 children, starting from 2 years old up to 11 years old. This is common in France, some village schools there are even fewer children! Also, school starts between 2-3 years old, when a child is potty trained and if there is space. The menus you see for France are also the menus served to very young children. There are no food substitutions for age! Finally, because there are fewer children served, the food is brought over to the table and someone serves the children rather than the children going over or passing through a serving area. There are three courses in France; the first course is served separately from the main course and dessert. This is the same at French homes, thus a continuum at school. I found the French menu quite interesting for today: does anyone else know wheat grain salad? It is good, resembles tabouli. And the Vichy carrots, also yummy! I have made those for my kids, simple yet delicious! They love them and eat them up like candy! Here is a link to a recipe if you are interested in trying them too. But keep tuning in and leaving me your comments…we are only halfway through our one month of comparing French to American school lunch menus. Still lots to see and comment on! Have any of you tried Vichy carrots? The mineral water that is usually used to cook the carrots comes from Vichy, a place in France known for its delicious water!