A Tasty Childhood: Cooking with Kids
I’ve heard people say that there are two groups you don’t want to work with – kids and animals – because they are so unpredictable! Well, that’s kind of true – they can be unpredictable but that’s what I love about working with kids – they are full of wonderful surprises and there is always a good belly laugh waiting to be had!
My life has always involved being around kids. I love their easy-going and fun approach to life and there is no judgment – you can just be you! Oh, us adults can learn a thing or two!!
This week I had the opportunity to take my mobile cooking class to a friend’s home where her 12 year old daughter and her 12 year old friend joined forces to learn how to make spanakopita and triple chocolate chip cookies.
I wondered how they would go handling filo pastry – it is a very delicate and thin pastry that even after years of using it, I still need to be careful. These girls aced it! They handled the filo beautifully and approached the challenge with ease. I love that about kids, they just jump in and go for it.
Taking this cooking class with these two young ladies was a breeze and so much fun and starting early 2017, I will be offering mobile cooking workshops for people of all ages at very affordable prices.
So buckle up foodie enthusiasts because In Sofia’s Kitchen is coming to a place near you…
Here is a list of some of the classes we will be offering next year ---
- A Tasty Childhood: Cooking with Kids
- Cultural Feasts: Mediterranean Cooking
- Mums & Bubs: Cooking for babies & toddlers
- Christmas Baking: Sweet Delights
- An Organised Life: Menu Planning, Pantry Perfect, Unclutter Your Home & more.
In the meantime, here is a recipe you will use over and over again!
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
500g unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups of caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
395g can of sweetened condensed milk
5 cups self raising flour, sifted
1 packet dark choc bits
1 packet milk choc bits
1 packet white choc bits
- Preheat oven to 180*C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
- Using an electric mixer cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add milk while beating.
- Using a wooden spoon, fold in flour, add chocolate and combine.
- Roll dough into small walnut size balls. Place on baking trays and press down lightly with end of fork.
- Bake in moderate oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
What do you do when you run out of filo pastry? You improvise and make up a batch of dough and create a large calzone! Brilliant thinking girls! Champions...