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Jun 27, 2012 07:47 AM

Never Seconds: Delightful School Food Blog

Martha, a 9 year old from Scotland, recently started a Food Blog based on her school lunches. I started following it after hearing some media reports about her School deciding she must discontinue it (probably because the food looked so abysmal!); Jamie Oliver even got involved. After the media storm, they have allowed her to continue.

Besides being a darling writer, she gives a first person account of school lunches, and she invites other students from around the world to do so too. She is also fundraising for Mary's Meals to help underprivileged schoolchildren afford meals.

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  1. It was mentioned in the "Best Food Blogs" thread and that got me reading it on occasion as well!

    1. I like the way she gets so excited when soup is on the menu. I added to my blog folder.

      1. I have only read a little bit, but I have a hard tie believing that this is actually written by a 9 year old. I don't doubt that she may have taken the picture(s) and lived the experiences that are written about in the blog, but the writing seems a little too polished.

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        1. re: DougRisk

          I believe I read somewhere, not on her blog or here at Chowhound, but on one of the news sites that carried an article about food lunches, that the idea stemmed from of a conversation about the school's lunches with her father and that her father helps her with the blog.

          1. re: MonMauler

            OK, that makes complete sense to me. I mean, the very first thing I read was:

            Eating Batteries

            Not me, but my camera


            I mean, that is something a 9 year old simply would not say.

            1. re: DougRisk

              Oddly enough, that to me sounds just like something one of my kids would have said at 9. The other one maybe a little later, like 10.....

              1. re: dbrodbeck

                Here it is, word for word:

                Eating batteries
                Not me, my camera! My best laid plans to take a photo of my school lunch everyday was ruined by a battery eating camera. So no pic of my Shepherd's pie. Tomorrow I hope normal service will resume and I will begin my blog properly, no more false starts!


                "My best laid plans ..."


                "Tomorrow I hope normal service will resume and I will begin my blog properly..."

                Come on, do you really think that those likes were written by a 9 year old? I mean, if you do, fine. No worries. But, I don't believe it for one second.

                And, there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with a 9 year old writing about her school lunches and having an adult help with it. It sounds like a nice little project.

                1. re: DougRisk

                  Perhaps it is a difference between British and American English. I have nown quite a few British kids who speak like that.

                  1. re: dbrodbeck

                    Well, most of my family is from Great Britain, so, I guess we will need to disagree. But, I will say again, I have never heard a 9 year old say, "My best laid plans...".

          2. re: DougRisk

            Quite - not only does the writing seem somewhat polished, but also perhaps a little contrived? Something is not right with this picture.

            1. re: DougRisk

              It has correct grammar and spelling, beyond that I see no reason to suppose someone other than a 9 year old wrote it.

              1. re: dbrodbeck

                Jeez...does a 9 year old's blog need to be picked apart for her grammar? I think the overall premise is much larger than that. So what if her poppy might help.