Kids in the Kitchen
As a Mum of two young children, I know how important it is for them to eat good, healthy, home-cooked food. I really want to share some of my recipes and ideas with other families and inspire children to give new foods a try. With this in mind, I launched Kids in the Kitchen in 2016 offering both cooking classes and birthday parties (see below).Growing up I was always in the kitchen with my Granny and my Mum and thoroughly enjoyed it so I've always encouraged my children join in too. They enjoy cooking and baking with me but I understand that with the busy lives we lead that not everyone has the time to do this – let alone tidy up the messy kitchens once the cooking gets started!
My recipes are for traditional, home-cooked food - 'none of that packet mix stuff' as my Granny used to say! I have updated these traditional recipes with actual quantities instead of 'a bit of this and a bit of that' to help make tasty, wholesome food that the whole family can enjoy. I also have 'modern' recipes to tempt all budding chefs with too.
I have been a mum for over eight years so I understand the challenges of being a busy parent and trying to get our children to eat! I have also got experience working with children and have full PVG disclosure. I help at my children's school every week across all the age groups doing various activities so I know first-hand how to get children motivated and engaged!
Putting vegetables in sauces and making food fun is a great way to try and get the '5 a day' into our children (and ourselves!). I find if children have the opportunity to cook themselves, then they are more likely to try the results. By encouraging children to cook, we can then influence and shape the way they eat for life - as well as giving them skills they can use forever!
I offer two avenues for your children to try cooking for themselves. The classes and parties are aimed at children aged 5-12 but I do work with older children too, as well as small groups of pre-schoolers.
I run cooking classes where children make the menu for that day, then all sit down together and enjoy it. We may do an experiment or two (erupting volcanoes are a favourite!) and food taste tests to try them with different types of food. They can all take copies of the recipes home with them so they can make them again in the future. I hold a rolling schedule of courses (starting from £15 per child) I – check out my Facebook page “Kids in the Kitchen Aberdeen” for more details.
If you are looking for a different type of birthday party then look no further! From Toad in the Hole to not-too-spicy curries, and pavlova to sticky toffee pudding or delicious afternoon teas (with the full works of course), I've got ideas for everyone.
Children will learn some science behind the cooking as well as measuring, counting and understanding the concept behind cooking from scratch. All you need is a village or community hall with a kitchen and we are good to go.
Birthday parties start from £15 depending on the ingredients. Cooking utensils make fab party bags and I can supply these if required.
Also watch out for my new website – coming soon!
Let's get our Kids in the Kitchen and having some fun with food!
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