David Cameron's mackerel pate and Harry Hill's Eskimo bananas feature in Cottingham school's celebrity cookbook
A BANANAS recipe from a comedian, a celebrity chef's take on a burger and the prime minister's pate have helped make the perfect mix for a school's fundraising recipe book.
Youngsters from Cottingham Croxby Primary School wrote to a host of famous people asking for their contributions to the book, which will be sold in aid of gardening projects for pupils.
The idea was the brainchild of teachers Julie Bushell and Sue Shaw, who run the school's gardening club
"Mrs Bushell and I talked to the children and it seemed like a good idea," said Mrs Shaw.
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"Then before we knew what happened children were writing to all sorts of people in their literacy classes.
"We ended up with 63 replies."
One of the pupils, Sophie, 9, wrote to David Cameron and was amazed when he sent her a recipe for mackerel pate and a reply on headed Downing Street notepaper.
"It is good of you to get in touch," the letter says.
"Mr Cameron was interested to hear about your fundraising cookbook and has asked me to send one of his favourite recipes to be used in the book."
Sophie said: "I wasn't really expecting to get a reply because David Cameron is quite busy."
TV presenter Fern Britton sent the school a handwritten note and a recipe for a salad and bacon wrap.
Comedian Harry Hill sent instructions for his "rather simple" Eskimo bananas and Nigella Lawson supplied the details for a hamburger.
Other replies came from chefs Rick Stein and Antony Worrall Thompson, Hull actor Sir Tom Courtenay and Cottingham's MP David Davis.
Teachers also supplied recipes, and Cottingham businesses The Purple Cow and Dolly's Country Larder got involved.
Head teacher David Ledgard said he was delighted with the response.
"We were overwhelmed," he said.
"Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay said they were too busy but almost everyone else sent us something."
Mr Ledgard said pupils enjoyed getting involved in gardening, with each class growing their own fruit and vegetables.
The school garden was launched eight years ago by a teaching assistant and now produces a variety of fruit and vegetables with school-grown potatoes, onions and salad leaves used for the Year 6 leavers' barbeque.
The school has already built a greenhouse out of 1,500 plastic bottles, but Mr Ledgard hopes to improve facilities in the garden by buying a £500 polytunnel with funds raised by selling the book.
The book was launched on Thursday with pupils and their families getting to sample some of the recipes.
The cookery books are on sale for £4.50 and are available from the school in Bricknell Avenue, The Purple Cow in Hallgate and Dolly's Country Larder in King Street.
For more information, call the school's reception on 01482 846171.
David Cameron’s smoked mackerel pate
2 smoked mackerel fillets
400g cottage cheese
400g Greek yoghurt
Juice of one lemon
Fresh black pepper
Tsp strong horseradish sauce
Few drops Tabasco
Method: Peel the skin off the fillets and put in a bowl. Shred using two forks. Mix all ingredients, stirring vigorously with fork. Add pepper to taste. Put in fridge. Serve on toast.