NEA 2 Star profile for Samosas and mango chutney

Use the Star Profile in the Nutrition Program to evaluate your results.

In this example, I’ve made samosas and served with mango chutney – an example from OCR exemplar.

First decide on the the Tasting words you are going to use – Descriptors

I’ve chosen easy to hold, spicy, golden, tasty and crisp pastry.

Then I’ve given each descriptor a mark out of 5.

So easy to hold = 5, spicy = 4, golden = 4, tasty = 5 and crisp pastry = 5.

Put these marks in the Rating column.

Now get 2 or 3 people to taste you samosas and give a mark for each descriptor. Put their name on +Add Taster

The tasters are called Jenny, Ali and Mosha.

Now complete the Evaluations for each descriptor. Think about the marks the tasters have given.

Export as a jpeg.

You can put this image into your work.

How to check if your recipe is vegan

The Nutrition Program identifies vegan ingredients when you enter them in My Recipes and shows if your final recipe is vegan.

This example shows a Vegan sponge cake which is made with vegan ingredients and not made with eggs.

Enter the ingredients in My Recipes

When entering strawberry jam it shows as Vegan. You can also see if each ingredient is vegan.

When all the ingredients have been added, check in Nutrition and you see a tick at the bottom of the list which shows if the total recipe is vegan.

See the vegan tick at the bottom of the screen.

Now complete the Food Label and add your photo of the finished dish.

On the left hand side you see Other information and Vegan is ticked.

Export the work and it shows vegan on the label.

This Food label shows the nutrition of the sponge cake and also a tick beside Vegan.

You can now add the Method for your recipe in Recipe sheet. This means all the information you need for your dish is stored for later use.

You can see that this recipe is high in sugar – but it is a cake so only eaten in small portions!

To do

Try entering your own recipe and test if it is vegan. You can use one of mine which has been tested for classroom use.

Food and Nutrition GCSE results 2019

These are the results for 2019 summer GCSE.

There were 5.5 million exams taken altogether and Food and Nutrition was taken by 0.9% of total.

The charts below show the results for male, female and total and the % for grades 7 , 4 and 1. The chart shows disappointing results for boys – only 50% got grade 4-7 so this needs looking at and maybe get evaluation on results in NEA 1, 2 and written exam.

Home Economics GCSE plods on with only 3528 candidates. Reading newspaper reports of results, we are not doing enough to get any mention of Food and Nutrition in the newspapers – this could lead to extinction!!

Results on JCQ site

Food and Nutrition GCSE 2019


Aquafaba – the food science of cooking

Aquafaba is the liquid you strain off from a can of chickpeas and it’s used by vegans to replace egg in cooking.

Aquafaba is made up of water, protein and starch and the word comes from the Latin aqua – water, and faba – bean. Other beans as well as chickpeas made good aquafaba.

It can be used as a thickener, binder, emulsifier, foaming agent and gelling agent to replace egg.

The aquafaba science website says there is a lot more science to understand how it works.

The nutritional analysis for aquafaba is on The Nutrition Program. Use 3 tablespoons of chickpea water to replace one egg.

Other egg replacers include

  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • flax egg – 1 tbs of flax seed powder + 3 tbs water

Funding the Nutrition Program

Teachers have been discussing ways to fund the Nutrition Program during these tough economic times.

Here are some ideas

Teachers make bids through curriculum development, the exam budget, and  IT central funding.
Others have asked the PTA and governors and said about grade improvement – I have no proof that the Nutrition Program improves grades but I hope it produces good quality work.
This link was suggested by The Food Teachers Centre
The purpose of the pupil premium is to improve attainment for disadvantaged learners. It follows that the funding should be used to ensure these pupils receive consistently excellent teaching.

Pupil Premium is available to
Local authority maintained schools, including special schools andpupil referral units (PRUs)

Voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement

Special schools not maintained by the local authority

Academies and free schools, including special and AP academies

Some schools choose to use the PP funding to purchase ingredients and equipment for FSM pupils.