Rachel’s Creative Cooking
Recently I was invited to join in a Creative Cooking workshop for ages 7+. I didn’t quite fit the brief, as I’m (very slightly) too old, but no one seemed to notice.
The workshop was very much a hands-on experience, allowing the children to think for themselves by finding the correct ingredients; a well-stocked pantry table was displayed neatly so all the ingredients could easily be found (sprinkles and chocolate had to be hidden!). Working in teams, the children were keen to assist each other to make the sure the recipes were followed precisely.
What surprised me about this class of 12 was their eagerness to learn, their teamwork and their ability to listen. Rachel controlled the class in a calm, authoritative but friendly way, and everyone responded very well. Basically, if she said do, they did; I was very impressed.
The children, many of which had attended workshops before, swiftly got on with the tasks in hand, demonstrating excellent weighing, measuring and all-important knife skills.
Time passed so quickly that before I knew it lunch was ready. Who says pizzas need to be round? This was a creative cooking workshop after all!
Great concentration was needed for the spiderweb decoration on the millionaire shortbread. Practice makes perfect for this one, I obviously had a lot to learn. I could tell the others were keen to learn, and it was refreshing to hear them compliment each other on their different designs. I have a feeling there are going to be lots of spiderweb designs on future cakes baked at home!
Next on to the mirror glaze cakes. This was very technical, something I’ve never attempted before. With precise measuring, and careful stirring, the glaze came together, and the end results were spectacular.
I loved my time in the workshop (who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?). Asking the children what they enjoyed most about the day, the comments were all positive, with cooking new things being a very popular response.
If you would like your child to get involved in a creative cookery workshop please visit www.rachelscreativecooking.com