In anticipation of World Milk Day coming up on June 1, 2016; Peak Milk, Nigeria’s’ premium dairy brand, has taken its ‘Art of Milk’ initiative to the next level by engaging some secondary schools in Ikeja and its environs.
It was creativity galore when the Brand Team of Peak Milk recently visited Cayley College, Agidingbi and Wellsprings College, Omole Phase II. Students of both schools showed amazing talents as they gave their presentations of prepared meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner – using milk as the main food item.
Besides the Brand Team, also present at the event were star actress, Mrs. Sola Sobowale and head chef / MD, We are Food Limited, Mr. Adeniyi Williams who were members of the panel of judges.
For the organisers, the idea was showcasing ingenuity using milk in unconventional cooking practices.
Speaking on the initiative, Sobowale said: “Over the years, we have been eating the same kind of food. Milk is one of the essential foods we need. It is not just for Quaker Oats, pap or cornflakes. We have a lot of things we can do with milk and that is why I love the fact that Peak is making us use milk wisely”.
For Williams, the ‘Art of Milk’ initiative is very close to his heart and he believes everyone should get involved. “There is so much fun in the kitchen. I believe if you let these kids start cooking at 10, 11 years; by the time they are 18 to 20, I do not see why they can’t be the best in Africa”, he said.
As a food enthusiast, Williams also added that milk is important for all and sundry. “I still drink milk and I am 28. It is a good source of Vitamin D’ phosphorus, calcium and so on. Coming from the point of Western cooking, there are amazing things you can do with milk when cooking and baking – and that is what Peak is showing”.
In addition, the competition has helped students and their teachers to try out unbelievable recipes. Mrs. Deborah Oladimeji, the Food and Nutrition teacher of Wellsprings College, it was an exciting challenge. “We went through some recipes and tried to create our own taking into cognisance the period of the meals”, she explained.
Their presentation was Sweet potato pancake (made with milk) and beef kebabs (for breakfast); chicken egusi soup with vegetable and milk semovita (lunch) and milk rice with crayfish and pepper for dinner.
To enter the competition, schools in Lagos would enter in recipes using milk to email@example.com. Ten finalists will be chosen from which the winning school would emerge on June 1st.
The grand prize is a branded LED screen while the second and third prizes would be air-conditioning units for six and three classrooms respectively.
Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria produces Peak evaporated and powdered milk which contain essential vitamins and minerals. The range now includes evaporated (liquid) milk in sachets and smaller pocket-friendly sachets.