BIDEFORD students had the delights of veggie food brought to life during a visit from national healthy charity the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF.) VVF Food and cookery coordinator Jane Easton, led four special sessions at Bideford Community Colleg

BIDEFORD students had the delights of veggie food brought to life during a visit from national healthy charity the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF.) VVF Food and cookery coordinator Jane Easton, led four special sessions at Bideford Community College, with GCSE Food Technology students and GCSE Catering students. Teams were given a recipe and box of ingredients for one of the following: spicy bean burgers; chilli non carne; falafels in a pitta pocket; veggie sausages and mixed salad. Recipes were chosen specifically to get students to cook from scratch with 'staple' ingredients such as tinned pulses, vegetables, herbs and spices to show them that veggie food (all vegan, in fact) is affordable, easy to make and tasty.Jane said: "The students were delightful; they worked brilliantly and enjoyed the cooking process and the end results. Their response was extremely positive, with many asking for recipes so they could cook them at home for their families. Not only are meatless meals generally cheaper, but there are other important issues for students to consider too. As well as the well-documented health advantages of vegetarian diets, going veggie is one of the most effective things anyone can do to help cut their carbon footprint," added Jane.Head of department Stephanie Dyer said: "Our students really enjoyed the day and I was really impressed by how enthusiastic they all were. The recipes were all really well chosen and tasted delicious."Food Technology and Catering GCSE courses now feature vegetarian diets on the syllabus to reflect the large numbers of vegetarians, vegans and meat-reducers in the UK. If you would like the VVF to contact your child's school about a similar visit, call Jane on 0117 970 5190 or email jane@vegetarian.org.uk. Visit www.vegetarian.org.uk for free veggie advice and recipes.