This blog post is part of my French Kids School Lunch Project. Every week, I post the school lunch menus from a different village or town in France, where three-course, freshly-prepared hot lunches are provided to over 6 million children in the public school system every day. These meals cost, on average, $3 per child per day (and prices for low-income families are subsidised). My hope is that these menus (together with my other blog posts about the French approach to kid’s food) will spark a conversation about what children CAN eat, and how we can do better at educating them to eat well.
This week we’re in Manosque, a small town best known for being the home of L’Occitan en Provence (some of my favorite French beauty products). Nestled against the highest hills in this region (the forested Verdon Regional Park), Manosque is a gateway to the sparsely populated foothills of the southern Alps. In the surrounding countryside, medieval villages surrounded by lavender fields (that’s why those creams smell so good) are tucked into the valleys between forested hills. It’s amazing to find such a wonderfully preserved region so close to the bustling Mediterranean coast.
So, what are children eating this week in Manosque?
Monday, December 5th
Grated carrot salad
Spaghetti with carbonara sauce
Tuesday, December 6th
Green and white bean ‘duo’
Fromage blanc (a creamy soft cheese with a slightly thicker consistency than ricotta)
Organic seasonal fruit
Wednesday, December 7th
Couscous and vegetables
St Môret cheese
Crème au chocolat
Thursday, December 8th
Chicken scallop with olives
Salsifis (‘purple salsify’ is a traditional vegetable in southern France)
Crème renversée (a sort of baked custard, like creme caramel without the caramel)
Friday, December 9th
Macedonian salad (a mayonnaise-based salad, somewhat like a French version of coleslaw)
Blanquette de la mer (a seafood dish)
ps Crème renversée is one of my favorite French desserts. For a great recipe for the ‘ Crème renversée of my dreams’ see La Tartine Gourmande, a delectable website run by a French expat living in the US.