Title: Entertaining Cooking Classes for Kids
Author: Jennie Gandhi
Cooking is an art, a daily routine transferred to a passion. In the ancient times, women of India were known to be masters in cooking and since years they have undertaken this routine activity. Over the period of time women started taking this activity as lucrative career option and have achieved great success in the same over past several years. Tarla Dalal and Neeta Mehta are live examples of the incredible success achieved in the cooking field.
In the present times, men have also started taking interest in cooking. There are men like Sanjeev Kapoor and Hari Nayak who are widely acclaimed for their art in cooking. It has become a huge industry with different styles of cooking and varieties of recipes.
The most interesting aspect is that this simple everyday activity has beautifully transformed from a routine to career to profession and then to a fun activity. For women it was a routine and then a career and men made it a profession with few undertaking it as a passion. When it comes to a level of fun filled activity then children are the ones who enjoy it to the fullest.
Obviously children cannot cook as Sanjeev Kapoor and Tarla Dalal but there are some who really love to cook. Some love helping their mothers in the kitchen and some children just love colorful salad dressing. There are children who pursuit this as a hobby and enjoy whole heartedly in making cakes, chocolates, and biscuits. For such children there are many hobby classes where they can master the art of cooking.
Cooking classes for kids has to be fun-filled and entertaining. Children won’t prefer joining any kind of hobby classes where they feel bore. It should be such that it provokes their desire of learning cooking. There should be different batches for children of different age groups depending on which the type of recipes should be selected. For example, a group of 5-10 years will be keener in learning cakes and chocolates but a teenage group will have a better focus on learning and may go for salad dressing or basic breakfast recipes.
These classes can be more exciting with funny chef hats and aprons. Hats and aprons should have designs and pictures like cartoons, cookies, cakes, fruits, colorful salad dish, and ice-creams that children will love wearing. Trust children will love coming to the class without fail and will learn all that is taught with extra energy and excitement.
Furthermore, there are various other options to make the kid’s cooking classes more exciting. It also depends on the ambience, the type of utensils, and obviously the kind of teacher. A gentle, friendly, and soft-spoken teacher holds the power to make any type of class more intoxicating. When it comes to children, the kind of teacher plays a vital role in making children learn and also promote their skills and abilities.
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About the author:
Jennie Gandhi has a passion for writing and writes on diverse topics including fashion, beauty, automotive, educational, motivational and even technical.
Title: Learn How To Cook This New Year
Author: Tricia Oliver
Teaching children how to cook is a wonderful opportunity and a great start to teach how to become independent. Cooking should not be relegated only to mothers and the house help. If all family members should eat together at the dining table, then why shouldn’t they cook together as well? In fact, I think it is great if all members of the family are involved in cooking for the whole family.
The great thing about teaching kids cooking skills is that it involves learning many things – from chemistry, to culture and geography. Kids are always open-minded, adventurous and creative when trying out new activities and endeavors. Also, teaching children about cooking gives them knowledge about a variety of foods and flavor, about presenting dishes, and on becoming a sophisticated and nutritious eater. Best of all, teaching your kids how to cook can be a great bonding activity for everyone.
Instead of just letting the children stay home in front of the computer, playing computer games or Play station, or watching reruns of The Simpsons, why not enroll the kids in a cooking program? In Port-Colborne’s After School Approach called Health and Youth, children and teenagers between the ages of seven to fifteen can enroll in an after school program offered for free. The Community Living eight-week after-school cooking program is funded by the local office of the Ministry of Health and Promotion. The feedback from the participants has been very positive so far. For instance, twelve-year old Marissa Dottorio thinks that the program is a better alternative in using her time wisely, and to get away from home and school. She likes the things they have been learning in class and she is able to make new friends.
Likewise, Danielle Rock also enjoys the opportunity for her to cook desserts in the classes. She also enjoyed the other activities such as yoga and arts and crafts. The classes typically start at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. with around twelve children in each class. The children can do many activities besides cooking like playing games, learning how to kick box and dance. Cooking menus begin from the most basic, such as a light vegetable snack or sandwich and a pudding for dessert. As the classes progress and as the kids learn about basic food preparations, more challenging meals are presented. They also learn how to cook food with cookware such as a dutch oven. One can refer to the Dutch oven ebook for Dutch oven information on ways to use this common kitchenware.
About the author:
For Tricia, the home is the best place to be.
Title: Cooking With Children: Cupcakes
Author: Mark Etinger
Need cooking ideas for kids? The answer – cupcakes. Whether you’re young or young at heart, cupcakes are universally loved. What’s not to love? They’re light, they’re flurry, and they’re smeared with deliciously creamy, sweet icing in all manner of delightful flavors. They look gorgeous, too – whether it’s chocolate sprinkles, crushed nuts, M&Ms, or a smiley face, cupcake frostings just make you happy. The best thing is, cupcakes are super easy to make, so they’re perfect for cooking with children.
Cupcakes are one of the easiest cooking recipes for kids around, and they’re almost foolproof, so they’ll empower your children and give them a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Cupcakes are also great for getting your kids’ creative juices flowing – supply them with plenty of food coloring and toppings, and watch them mix and match colors and create culinary works of art fit for photographing.
To make an easy children’s cooking vanilla cupcake, you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter 2 cups of white sugar 4 large eggs 1 cup of milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two muffin trays with cupcake cases. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs gradually. Then, add the dry ingredients gradually, along with the milk and vanilla. Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases, bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, and then allow them to cool on a wire rack.
Next, the fun part – icing. This is where cooking with children gets interesting! Prepare a basic vanilla butter icing by combining, in an electric mixer:
1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter 6 to 8 cups of confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup of milk 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Add all ingredients gradually. Once your icing is done, your kids can go wild with jazzing up the icing to make their cupcakes look dazzling.
Divide up the icing into five or so small bowls and show your kids how to add a drop of food coloring to each bowl to turn white icing into pink, green, blue, and yellow icing. When you’re cooking with children, every step in the process is an opportunity to educate – show your kids how a drop of yellow food dye and a drop of red food dye will make orange icing! It’s an art class and a cooking class in one.
Fill other bowls with plenty of different toppings, such as chocolate sprinkles, M&Ms, rainbow colored sprinkles, jellies, rice crispies, and glazed cherries, and watch your little ones decorate their iced cupcakes with smiley faces, fairies, Martians, rainbows – and more abstract images!
Cooking with children is never just about baking – it’s about developing confidence, creativity, and life skills. Always teach your kids the importance of cleaning up after cooking; show them that it can be fun by singing a cleaning up song, and always tell them how much you appreciate their help.
About the author:
PlayingKitchen.com is the premier children’s cooking resource on the internet, offering informative articles and videos, regular contests, and cooking recipes for kids.