IT’S a truth universally acknowledged not many headmasters would give their precious evenings to cook for a bunch of teenagers. But that’s exactly what happens at St David’s College every Thursday night at Lion’s Gate, Mr Russell’s family residence at the school.
The informal evening is about studying and cooking with Year 11 boarders set to take their GCSE exams this term. Study skills approached are many and varied due to the different learning styles of the pupils involved.
Dishes cooked up in the Russell kitchen have included: Courgette Carbonara; Haggis, Tatties and Neaps; Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Chorizo; Vegetable and Vegan curries; Homemade Burgers; Chicken Satay and Rice; Spicy meatballs and pasta and toad in the hole.
When asked why he has introduced the study evenings, Mr Russell replied: “I have a passion for cooking and want to impart some of that enthusiasm to the children.
“I want them to know that nutritious food is easy to prepare (most recipes I do have only five ingredients.
“Families should eat together and at SDC we see our boarders as family.
“It also takes the grind out of study, chunks the sessions and provides comfort through the adversity of study.
“Revising should be a pleasurable activity, after all it should be about refreshing not re-learning.”