Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Orange mush and rye bread!

Hei taas! Nälkäiset linnut ovat taas täällä. Kiitos taas
kommenteistanne. On ollut mukavaa nähdä miten paljon keskustelua
kouluruokamme on herättänyt. Kommenteissanne on ollut myös paljon
kysymyksiä joten vastaamme tänään muutamaan.

Suomessa 1-2-luokkalaisilla on koulu 20 tuntia, 3-4 luokkalaisilla 23 ja
5-6 -luokkalaisilla 25 tuntia. Koulupäivät voivat olla melko lyhyitä ja
koulu voi loppua jo klo 12. Ekaluokkalaiset voivat osallistua
iltapäiväkerhoon, joka on maksullinen. Muutoin menemme kotiin tai
esimerkiksi isovanhempien luokse. Monesti menemme kuitenkin yksin
kotiin. On tavallista että vanhemmat tulevat töistä noin klo 17.

Tänään koulussamme vieraili paikallisradiosta toimittaja kysellen tämän
viikon projektistamme. Toimittaja myös ruokaili kanssamme. Ohjelma tulee
huomenna aamulla radiosta, laitamme mahdollisesti huomenna linkin tänne.

Tänään lounaamme oli kasvissosekeittoa, suomalaista ruisleipää, juustoa
ja tomaattiviipaleita. Keitto näytti mielestämme vähän oudolta, mutta
ruisleipä kruunasi aterian.

Hello folks! Hungry birds here again! Thanks again for your comments. It
has been very nice to see how much conversation our school lunch
raises. There have been also lot of questions so today we are going to
give you some answers.

Some of you were asking what we do when our school ends. In Finland
pupil in 1st and 2nd year have 20 lessons per week. 3rd and 4th year
have 23 lessons and 5th and 6th year have 25 lesson per week. So school
days and quite short and sometimes your school day may end as early as
12 o'clock. Pupils in the 1st grade can attend to special afternoon club
which their parents have to pay. Sometimes we go to our grandparents or
home with our parents. But in most cases we have to go home alone.
Typically our parents come home from work at 5pm. Many of us have made
some agreements with our parents that we do our homework and take some
snack before we can meet our friends.

Today in our school visited a reporter from local radio station making
some interview about our project in NeverSeconds. She asked lot of
questions what we like our school meals. She had also lunch with us.
Program will be sent tomorrow morning. If it's possible we send you a
link where you can here us.

Today our lunch was vegetable soup made from potatoes, carrots, onions,
broccoli and courgette. We also had pure Finnish rye bread, cheese and
tomato slices. The soup looked little funny, but the bread was a crown
of todays meal. You can reed more about rye bread from here:

Food-o meter: 6/10
Mouthfuls: 27
Courses: Main
Healthiness: 9/10
Price: 0e
Pieces of hair: 1 (really!)

See you again tomorrow! Bye!


  1. I think the soup looks delicious and am really enjoying your blog. Well done!

    1. Oooh, me too!

      I was looking at the soup, before I opened the comments section, and thinking "I would eat that!!" :)

      I think I might have liked a second tomato wedge, though. Not because I thought the lunch needed it from a health standpoint, but because I suspect I'd have put the cheese and tomato on my slice of bread and had an open-faced sandwich with my soup.

      How wonderful that Veg's blog has opened up such a wide range of communication, in so many nations, about school lunches. Not to mention that the kids are being allowed to be a part of the discussion.

      I also love the fact that Otava school uses colorful table-runners on the lunch tables.

  2. Hello everyone,

    Thank you VEG for sharing with us on your blog.

    Thank you Hungry Birds for sharing your meals, it's like travel on a plate (move away magic carpet!).

    Could you tell us how many people work together in the kitchen to make your meals? Do you know their names?

  3. Great posts, Hungry Birds! I love the mix of history and education along with the pictures and descriptions of your meals. :)

  4. looks like a real tasty meal to me. Guess I would have taken some more tomato, at least if it's a good one ^^

    Up to now, finland isn't that far away from germany in culinary style ;)


  5. I love the Hungry Birds!! I love Finland, I'm trying to learn Suomi. :) you guys are great!

  6. A lot of your meals seem a bit meagre and basic, which might be because they're free? Seems like you don't get a lot of extras (salad seems to be very limited and you only have one piece of tomato there). Just wondering.

    1. I guess that's because a lot of kids don't like salads and take only a little just to show they have eaten salad too. I'm quite sure Hungry Birds don't have any "one piece of tomato only" rule at school ;)

    2. I agree with Sara- typically schoolkids would take the food themselves, so not surprisingly there is not that much salad or veggies on the tray :)

      By the way- about the price of these lunches- when making comparisons between lunch prices between countries, please remember that the cost of foodstuff in Finland is somewhat higher than in most countries - if I remember correctly, about the highest in Europe... so less than 1 € per meal is not very much.

      -mother of a smaller "Hungry Bird"

  7. Chell>>> If it's anything like in a Swedish school, and it would seem like it is, then the kids are probably told that they have to eat at least one or two pieces of vegetable. I would assume that there are probably kids with more tomato on their plates, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were carrots and cucumber there as well somewhere. The kid who took the photo probably doesn't like vegs. :-)

    Do you mean meagre as in there's not much on the plate, or there doesn't seem to be much of a choice?

    1. Not much on the plate, I suppose I'm judging by UK standards as kids here would tend to go for and be given bigger portions I think. Maybe that's not a good thing though, I don't know.

    2. I'm sure they can always go back for a second helping. When I was in 1-6 grade (7-12 year olds) they'd always tell us not to put too much on our plate but go back a second time instead, so we wouldn't waste too much food if we felt full. :-)

    3. Yes now you mention it I think my Primary school had a similar policy. I was always quite a greedy kid though I think, and most of my friends were too so we always asked for loads.

  8. Here is article (+ pictures!) about Neverseconds and Hungry birds in Finnish news site:

  9. I would love to try the soup! It looks really delicious. And as I always say, I like how I learn new things from this blog. Never new zucchini was also called "courgette"!
    Is that butter you are served with bread everyday? Also, what kind of cheese is common in your school/Finland?