|Display name||Brid McKibben|
|Bio||Operational Support Officer (Food & Nutrition)for Highland Council, Catering Services|
|Member since||2nd June 2020|
Hi Gerry - we adapt meals where this can be easily done, we try not to adapt menus due to workload in the kitchens but sometimes we will put an 'easy' alternative such as baked potato with suitable filling where needed.
We don't require a medical letter but we do ask for GP/medical practice name.
We are just about to launch an online application process which we hope will prevent a lot of crossed wires in kitchens. We did a big push on allergen training Nov 19 and now have an online training module for EY staff as I felt that was an accident waiting to happen! During lockdown it was evident when we had many relief cooks going into kitchens and not being able to find the relevant info on special diets that we needed to tighten up our records which cooks are doing now.
Happy to send you sample of our SD menus so you can see the type of things we provide and when it's ready will send you a link to our SD application process.
Brid @ Highland
10th February 2022
Thanks Jayne - it's the storage space is an issue too regardless of packaging. If more LAs request 4 ltr tubs I think they may be more inclined to provide them without committing to a certain volume.
19th August 2021
In Highland we didn't get a chance to test the new Middleton reduced sugar mixes before using them for the new regulations. We have had a lot of negative comments from cooks and pupils about them and reduced sales. I think I remember that some folk here had trialled them on kids and had opted to keep the McDougall's mixes although smaller portions as the latter tasted and cooked better. After having analysed some of the McDougall's mixes, the portions sizes are working out at very small to be compliant for sugar in the Secondaries, especially the Brownies. I was wondering what anyone else was finding? Thanks in advance
23rd June 2021
Thanks Christine. Its getting the offering on Fridays to meet the energy requirements I'm struggling with as it is a grab n go day. I can make the standards but struggling with the nutrition requirement
3rd March 2021
Asymmetric weeks - I'm struggling to get my energy up to the level required in secondaries. I'm putting in the required amount of veg plus soup and can just about manage it but I know as I'm doing it that come the actual analysis this will have to change and this nutrient standard won't be met. How is everyone else managing on asymmetric weeks? Sorry if this has been discussed before.
3rd March 2021
THanks NIcky - I didn't realise he had already sent it to Sue. Cheers
18th February 2021
Is it possible for Gerry to share the link to the online training on the new regs he mentioned the other day? Would be good to accompany the rollout of the HEiS2020 doc to education with a link to the online training. Sorry if I've missed it. Thanks Brid
12th February 2021
Also should say I'm following
25th January 2021
Hi from Highland
25th January 2021
We used an old standalone version of Saffron since I started in 2017 but we have now got the go ahead to get the up to date FDH hosted version in Highland so I'm keen to learn from others too.
22nd January 2021
Compliant Ice creams
17 Aug 2021