Summer Cookery School
For the past week I have been busy teaching children between the ages of 7-13 the wonders of food in a Summer Cookery School that spread over four days. With the classes ranging from 8-11 pupils all the children had the opportunity to get stuck in and cross off skills in their Cookery School Passport. As well as going home with some of the food they had baked the children also had an apron, recipe sheets and biscuit cutter prizes (if they were lucky enough to win them). Lunchtime was based around the family style dining concept where we were all involved with cooking and serving lunch.
The Cookery School wasn’t just about cooking, it was about learning new skills, trying new foods and watching food science in action. When making the pizza dough the children were able to watch a glass of yeast, warm water and sugar come to life and while making the freezer bag ice cream we used an electric thermometer to note the impact adding salt to the ice made to the temperature. A popular part of the school was a cookbook table where the children had a large choice of books to read including Funky Lunch, Fiona Bird’s Kids’ Kitchen, My Daddy Cooks and Revolting Recipes.
Over the four days of cookery school we cooked over 18 recipes along with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to eat throughout the day:
- The Americas – beef burger, bean burgers, chunky salsa, baked tortilla chips, baked doughnuts.
- Picnic – We managed to dodge the rain showers and ate lunch on a picnic blanket on the playground. Sausage rolls, pizza pinwheels, broccoli & feta frittatas, spicy chicken drumsticks, jelly boats and mini baked cheesecakes.
- Italy – pizza, focaccia, lemonade, pasta, freezer bag ice cream.
- Cake & Biscuit Decorating – Made sugar cookies & fairy cakes in the morning and then in the afternoon decorated the cakes and biscuits using lots of different methods. Lunch was tortilla wraps, veg sticks and fruit jelly.
I enjoyed running the Summer Cookery School and the children seemed to have a good time. It was fantastic seeing their confidence with cookery grow over the week. The feedback from both the children and parents has been very positive so watch this space for similar Cookery Schools in the future holidays. To be kept up to date with future courses subscribe to our newsletter.