We went to our first Crafty Chefs toddler workshop last month! Seren loves helping in the kitchen and we haven’t had chance to do much cooking and baking together since Imogen’s arrival so I thought we would give this class a go.
Crafty Chefs offer a variety of children’s cookery courses and workshops. The North London franchise is run by Ailsa who offers weekly themed toddler classes (each one is based around a different children’s book) and a variety of other workshops aimed at older children. The session we went to was Guffalo themed and the children made ‘Roasted Fox Rolls’ (i.e. sausage rolls!). On arrival at Ailsa’s house the children coloured in ‘G is for Gruffalo’ colouring sheets and a Crafty Chefs’ certificate. Once everyone was there, we all took turns to wash our hands and the children put on their aprons (though Seren refused the apron) and took their places around Ailsa’s table.
Each child had ingredients and equipment set out for them and Ailsa guided them through the recipe. They started by breaking up bread into small pieces then chopping up an onion using child-friendly knives. We talked about where the different foods came from. The children then mixed the bread and onion into some mince. The red marks on Seren’s hands and arms are felt tip by the way! She is very much into drawing on herself at the moment.
Next they rolled out the ready made pastry then formed the meat mixture into a sausage shape and made up the Roasted Fox Rolls. Then they cut them up into smaller pieces and brushed them with milk. Ailsa talked the children through each step and the mummies helped them (which was a little tricky sometimes whilst juggling Imogen but we got there!).
Whilst the Roasted Fox Rolls were cooking, the children had a drink and fruit snack and Ailsa read The Gruffalo.
When the Rolls were ready, Ailsa put them into little boxes for the children to take home along with their colouring, certificate and a recipe card. Seren held her box all the way home (I don’t eat meat but have to say that the car smelt amazing!) and was excited to eat the Rolls for her tea. Daddy gave them a thumbs up too!
Crafty Chefs North London are running a series of festive workshops over the next few weeks! See their website or Facebook page for more details.
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