Long way from lumpy custard as boarders feast on tofu lasagne
IT'S a long way from ladles of lumpy custard slopped into a bowl by a less-than-impressed dinner lady.
From tofu lasagne to ginger and rhubarb sponge, the modern boarding school pupil has a rarefied menu to choose from.
The country's 23 fee-paying boarding schools have moved a long way from the traditional meat and two veg. Instead, boarders -- who pay anything from €5,000 to €23,000 for a year's stay and tuition -- have a variety of options.
At St Columba's College in south Dublin, pupils can have banana bread or a hot croissant for their morning snack before feasting on pesto pork chops, vegetable teriyaki and roasted cherry tomatoes and cheese flan for lunch.
They can polish this off with some almond bake tart and a "light custard".
In Rathdown Girls' School in Glenageary, there is bean and vegetable quesadilla, tofu lasagne or sweet potato filled with feta cheese to whet pupils' appetites before the evening feast of focaccia topped with smoked ham, mozzarella and sundried tomato.
By comparison, Blackrock College boarders -- who pay €17,500 a year -- seem hard-done-by in the exotic food stakes with a Thursday supper of Toulouse sausage with champ and caramelised onion gravy.