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.

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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.

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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.

More details released soon. But first, we have a book launch coming up 26 November, 2016 and you are all invited! Head on over to eventbrite and collect your tickets!@

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In the meantime, here is a recipe you will use over and over again!

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients

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

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Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180*C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add milk while beating.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, fold in flour, add chocolate and combine.
  4. Roll dough into small walnut size balls. Place on baking trays and press down lightly with end of fork.
  5. Bake in moderate oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
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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...