We meet on Thursdays after school to learn to cook, learn new skills and share the food together.
On Thursday 22nd June it was still so hot that we made some dips:
The dips were quite easy to make and there was no cooking involved. Only chopping and mixing the ingredients.
To dip in the dips we had some slices of wholemeal bread (much healthier than white bread), some carrot, cucumber and celery sticks (cutting the carrots into sticks was quite hard work, wasn't it?)
Then we had time to enjoy dipping into the salsa and guacamole. Some of the children loved both, some preferred one of the dips but they all had a try.
This is perfect for a lovely lunch when it's hot.
But actually, in hot countries people drink hot drink to keep themselves cool so we thought we'd have a go.
We made a
There was a lot of chopping and the children did that really well. They are getting the hang of the hand forming a bridge while the other cuts. We also had some softening of butter (sometimes with a little too much energy...) and mixing garlic pieces before spreading in the slices of the bread.
Not everyone liked the soup unfortunately. This could be improved by using different vegetables and making it a little more runny (using more water). Some of the soup could be whizzed a little before adding the vermicelli too.
But it seems that the garlic bread was a big success. And it is true it was delicious.
Well done everyone for all the work and for trying some new food.
Today (Thursday 8th June), we informed the children about the health and safety rules first:
We also informed the children that at cooking club, we try everything. We might not like it, but we give it a try. That's how we discover new tastes and new food.
Then we started on our first activity: we made pains au chocolat and chaussons aux pommes. These are simple pastry goodies: roll a rectangle of puff pastry around 2 squares of chocolate or a handfull of chopped up apples. Easy peasy!
Then we made hot chocolate: we warmed up some milk and added some bits of dark chocolate. We stirred et voila! Delicious (if a bit hot....)
Today (25th May) we made:
This was our last cooking club for this group and we hope you enjoyed it. Thank you for being a great crowd and trying new food. And thank you to all the adults who managed to come and support cooking club, your help was greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again next year.
Apple muffins are really easy to do. Just make sure you measure the ingredients carefully and only mix the wet and the dry ingredients at the end. Give it a few stirs, not more.
As for the berry smoothie, 3 ingredients, press the button, count to 10 in French, et voila! Delicious. Just look at the faces of the children!
Today (18th May) we prepared
This was a simple recipe where everyone had one job to do. Then we put it all together and tasted it.
We peeled and cut up onions in little bits, we chopped up tomatoes, peppers, parsley and squeezed lemon juice out of lemons. Then Mrs Perrin prepared the couscous (we used couscous instead of bulgur wheat) by pouring boiling water over it and covering it for 10 minutes.
When the couscous was ready, we mixed it all up and added some very fragrant mint leaves.
It was then time to taste. Most children found it delicious and some said that was the best dish they had ever tasted! That has to be a success!
Today (11th May) we made:
These were fun to make. We chopped spring onions, we cut tomatoes and boiled potatoes in slices, we cut the bunch of parsley in to small parts and we squeezed the lemon juice out of the lemon.
Then we assembled it all with a bit of cod fish and some frozen peas into a bit of foil before closing it to make it into a little parcel.
When it was cooked, we tried it. Some didn't really like it, probably because they are not too keen on fish in the first place. But well done for trying. Others loved it and couldn't get enough of it!
As always, thank you very much to all the adults who came today and helped around the table. Your help is invaluable and greatly appreciated.
On Thursday 4th May we made
ONE POT SPICY COLOURFUL RICE
It was all hands on deck for peeling and cutting and trying not to cry with the onions! Then it was frying and stirring and waiting for all the rice and mixture to cook. A delicious smell drifted in the classroom and the corridor once we added the spices (but our dish wasn't too spicy, just right).
While this was cooking, we prepared carrots and parsnips. We peeled them then cut them in thin strips to attempt to make chips. This time they didn't burn but they could have done with a little longer in the oven. We will eventually get them perfect! The children gobbled them up so they can't have been that bad. And the rice was a real success. A quick and easy recipe that can be done anytime.
Today (Thursday 27th April) we made:
Red pepper soup and Soda Bread
One group made the soup with Mrs Perrin (chopping, stirring etc...) and the other group made the bread with Mrs Suttle (weighing, mixing, kneading).
When all was cooked, we tasted the soup. Quite a few children said they were not really looking forward to it as they thought they wouldn't like it but nearly everybody loved the soup and the bread.
Why don't you try it?
Today (Thursday 20th April) we made
Eggy Bread and Banana Smoothie
We cut different kinds of bread (mini pittas, seeded slices and brioche). Then we prepared the mixture: eggs, milk and salt and pepper. Sooooo easy! And then we dipped our bread in the mixture, making sure it was nice and soggy before frying it. It was delicious! And sooooooo easy!!!
Then we drank a banana smoothie: banana, milk and honey. Sooooooooooo easy!!!!
Great cooking club everyone!
On Thursday 30th March, we made
Pancakes and berry smoothie
What fun we had making these easy pancakes. The hardest part was mixing and making sure the lumps disappeared! Then Mrs Perrin fried the pancakes (but didn't flip them!) and we ate them with lemon juice, honey or sugar (but only a little).
And with that, we had a glass of berry smoothie: defrosted frozen berries, milk and honey. That was absolutely delicious!
This was our last cooking club for Year 1 and 2. But don't despair, you can all come back next year for some more cooking fun!
On Thursday 23rd March we made
This was a really easy recipe. The children worked beautifully and were very excited to weigh, mix and see it all coming together in the saucepan on the stove. Then we poured it in the tray and it didn't take long to bake. Luckily Mrs Perrin kept an eye on the trays and took them out on time. Then she made sure they were cooled down before we could try them.
While the flapjacks were cooking we made a delicious hot chocolate. And it was sooooo simple! Warm up the milk, cut the chocolate bars into squares, put them in with the milk and stir. When the chocolate is melted, mmmmmmm, it's all mixed deliciously.
On 16th March, we made
All kinds of sandwiches
We learnt to spread butter on our bread, cut tomatoes and cucumbers, grate cheese and mix tuna or boiled eggs with mayonnaise. Then we spread them on our sandwiches and cut them into pieces so we could share them together.
We tried different kinds of sandwiches, bread and filling. Some we liked more than others, but we all learnt to try new tastes.
On Thursday 9th March we made
The children had the opportunity to try something they didn't seem familiar with, which is always a great experience. They peeled and chopped the vegetables, cut the tomatoes carefully (use the bridge so you don't risk cutting your fingers!), grated the carrots and learnt how to boil an egg hard. When all was ready, they also had the opportunity to clean and tidy the tables to make sure it was all ready for the food to be shared.
While the eggs and the pasta were cooking, the children watched 2 short videos about pasta, where it comes from and how it is made. They loved seeing the pasta coming down in different shapes from the mould and being cut by the machine.
Some of the children were not too sure about the pasta salad but tried anyway; and some came back for seconds and thirds!
Well done everyone for another really good cooking club session.
On Thursday 2nd March we made Pizza!
Well, that was exciting. Everybody had a favourite topping. Some children did get their wish.
We made 2 pizzas. One had ham, tomatoes and peppers. The other one was vegetarian (only vegetables, no meat). On the second one we put tomatoes, peppers, mushroom, sweetcorn, pineapple and lots of cheese on the top.
We learnt to cut (make your hand into a bridge and pass the knife under the bridge), to grate cheese, to roll the dough, to spread the tomato paste. And we learnt to try something we think we don't like.
We had enough time to share the pizza and eat together before heading home. We might not be hungry for dinner after that...
On Thursday 23rd February, for our 1st cooking club, we made: Scones
What fun we had and we have already learnt lots of skills. We have learnt to weigh flour and butter, mix with a spoon and our finger tips, grate cheese, roll the dough into a ball, roll it out, use a cutter and place it on a tray. Then we brushed a little bit of milk on top before our scones on a tray were put in the oven.
Then we cleaned up and were rewarded with our wonderful cheese scones and raisin scones. We are very proud of what we have done on our first cooking club.
On Thursday 9th February we made FLAPJACKS and HOT CHOCOLATE
We made 2 different kinds of flapjacks: one table put chopped up dried apricots, the other table put bananas and raisins. The 1st ones were a bit dry but the 2nd ones were really lovely.
This time we chose to make them as healthy as we could so we used only a little bit of sugar and honey. That way they were still sweet but with natural sweetener.
Flapjacks are easy to make and quite versatile. You can put apples and sunflower seeds, or pear and almonds, or lots of other combinations.
The hot chocolate was so delicious! And so easy to make.
We hope you have had a good time at cooking club this term. We hope to see you next year for some more cooking fun!
vegetable crisps and lots of different sandwiches
What a session that was! We peeled the vegetables, then we peeled them again to make thin strips. That was hard work but we all did beautifully. We mixed the thin strips with oil and salt and cooked them in the oven.
While that was going on, we prepared lots of different sandwiches (on wholemeal bread of course). Tuna mayonnaise, egg mayonnaise, ham and cheese, ham cheese and tomatoes, tomatoes and cheese etc... We practiced buttering the bread too. It wasn't as easy as we thought.
In the end, we had a nice tea with lovely sandwiches. Our vegetable crisps didn't turn out as good as we wanted though, so this is still something we need to work on. Well, we never stop learning. Thanks to Mrs Beechin, they didn't get completely scorched...
On Thursday 19th January, we made a PASTA SALAD.
Well, that was something new! While Mrs Perrin cooked the pasta and then cooled them down, we chopped, we grated, we peeled, we cut ect... And we added all our chopped up vegetables to the cooled pasta before eating everything all up.
Sometimes we can be a bit fussy but the rules of cooking club are very clear: try everything. So we did and it was delicious.
Here is what we put in our pasta salad:
cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, mushroom, sliced chicken and grated carrots.
If you want to try this recipe at home, you are free to use our one or add anything you like. You could put in onions, garlic, cheese, celery, sweetcorn ect... What a healthy dish!
Remember:We used white pasta but it would be much better to use wholemeal pasta. In white food like pasta, bread or rice, all the goodness has been taken out. If you use wholemeal, you put lots of lovely bits in your body.
Look at us at work. It was really great!
Well done everyone, that was amazing!
The Year 2 children made the dough with Mrs Perrin. They worked wonderfully well weighing the ingredients, mixing, stirring, gathering and finally rolling up the dough.
The Year 1 children did all the fillings: they grated the cheese (no ready-grated cheese for us, we can do it ourselves!), cut the ham, chopped the tomatoes in half ...
Then both group filled the rolled out dough with ingredients. Afterwards, it was rolled-up, cut into slices, put on the tray and given to the oven to bake.
Super! Congratulations everyone for this great session.
Look at the children in the photos. May be some of them will become famous bakers...
We learnt to mix, break eggs, measure, mix again and put into a paper case with 2 spoons: one for scooping, one for scraping.
Then we took our fairy cakes home. When they are cold, we can ice them with icing sugar. Mix a little bit of water with your icing sugar and drop a spoonful on your cake. You can add decorations to make them fancy.
In term 2, we have been working with year 5 and 6 to learn to make some lovely dishes, both sweet and savoury.
Once again the children worked on their own and made some lovely cookies. This recipe is great when you don't have the time to put the dough in the fridge as you can use it straight away and cut your shapes.
If it is a bit dry, add a bit of water. If you want, experiment by adding an egg.
Once the cookies are cool, have fun decorating them.
It was such an easy recipe, the children were left to make it on their own. From looking at the recipe, weighing, mixing (a lot of elbow grease!), scooping, placing on the tray and then, after waiting what felt like aaaages (only 10 to 15 minutes really), we tried and it was delicious!
It was so good, most took the recipe home to do it again, and again and again....
Remember: sugar is not good for us. We can easily half, or even quarter the amount of sugar from the sweet recipes we find online or in recipe books. It will taste better and be much healthier.