Our top reasons why kids should be cooking from an early age
Plus, a family friendly recipe with lots of tasks for the little ones to do!
Reading, counting, measuring, shaping, timing, to name a few – there are so many skills that can be developed in cookery, from simple recipes to more complex dishes for the ambitious mini Mary Berry at home! It may start off a little messy but kids will learn lifelong skills, from cracking an egg to baking a cake.
We all know about picky eaters, from toddlers to teenagers. By bringing children into the kitchen to taste, smell, sample ingredients and dishes, help cook or bake on their own, they are encouraged to try new things, explore their senses and develop a taste for foods that they thought they did not like. This expands their palette as they become more comfortable with the idea of new foods and trying them, as well as teaching them about different food cultures.
Children love to show what they can do and achieve, and cooking allows them to do this, whether they’ve helped decorate a cake or made pasta and tomato sauce on their own, it boosts confidence and gives you the opportunity to applaud their work.
Cooking with kids allows you to talk about ingredients and engage children to think about healthy foods and why these are important. You can discuss with a three-year-old why eating a colourful rainbow diet means you get lots of vitamins and minerals, which help you grow, develop and stay healthy. Research often shows that home-cooked food makes for happier, healthier children and adults. Not only health but sustainability can be explored – you can get children really thinking about where their food comes from.
Cooking together is great family time, whether you are planning a new recipe or simply discussing the day’s events! It means you spend time with your children being creative, working things out together, learning, chatting and enjoying the results as a family!
Did you know? We offer parents the option to book a class and bring one child for free, or vice versa, if you book for your child and you need to accompany them, you can do this for free. Please note we do have a limit for two accompanied bookings per class. See our classes and courses, including our Kids baking Course and Teen Cooking Camp!
PANCAKES (griddle cakes)
250g/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
350ml/1 ½ cups milk
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
- Place dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Separate the eggs.
- Beat the egg yolks and then add the milk and oil to them. Mix well.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff
- Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix sufficiently to moisten them. Do not over-mix or heavy pancakes will result.
- Fold in the egg whites.
- Place spoonfuls on a greased, hot griddle.
- Turn pancakes when bubbles form on the surface.
- Eat hot with mashed up banana, syrup, jam, butter and cream.