The Burgh’s School Council came up with the idea of a fundraising cookbook back in August 2008. The production of this wonderful recipe book then became a whole-school project. Many of the Burgh children, parents, grandparents and teachers sent in their family favourites. The children also researched how to make healthy versions of their favourite meals, tested them and wrote them up for the book. We ended up with nearly 200 recipes in the 96-page book, which the children have also illustrated.
To maximise fundraising, enterprising pupils in Primary 6 have written to various well-known chefs, celebrities and other public figures, asking them to sign copies of What’s for Tea?, which will then be auctioned. They have even written to the Queen, who wrote back to wish the pupils every success with their project. Chef Martin Wishart (of Restaurant Martin Wishart, Wishart’s Cookery School and Cameron House Hotel fame) has already been in touch to say that he will sign copies and has sent the school a cheque for £200.
Provost Sheena Richardson formally launched the cookbook at the school’s Winter Fair on Saturday 5th December and there have already been over 200 copies sold. The book retails at a very reasonable £7 for one copy or three for £20 and can be ordered by printing off the attached form and sending/taking it to the Burgh School Office. order-form-front-jan01-copy1
The cookbook has two main aims – to get people excited about cooking and to raise money so that every class at the Burgh can have its own raised bed in which to grow fruit and vegetables. This will really help the children with various strands of the Curriculum for Excellence, including health and wellbeing. Their fundraising target is £2000.
One of the main driving forces behind the recipe book, Fleur Hoole commented:
‘The children have been so excited about this project and really wanted to get everyone cooking. I hope that Primary 6’s efforts will pay off and that lots of celebrities and chefs will take up their idea of signing copies for auction.’