In my short (so far) teaching career I've been brave enough to attempt cooking a few times. Now you may think I'm stark raving mad. And to be honest you're probably right, the chances are I probably am stark raving mad. But by my logic my teachers in school tried to teach us some of the basics of cooking so I'd like to pass on my wisdom! While my teachers were crazy/daft enough to attempt scones, fairy cakes and pasta dishes I am not that crazy. As you may remember from tp3 I attempted smoothies with 3rd class and only made a small mess.
Pancakes!! Now I have a recipe I love to use which is a Jamie Oliver special so I'm not giving away any trade secrets by posting the link here. But I'm not brave enough to try this recipe with a large group of infants....so I admit I cheated a little. I bought ready made ones and used the microwave. Of course there's still cooking involved for this if you're an infant. So we discussed safety in the kitchen as a SPHE lesson and talked about all the things needed for pancakes. Then we went to the staffroom and sat around the big table! I brought in sugar, lemon and some of the kids had some fruit that they like on top. They took it in turns to help teacher to heat up the pancakes, then choose their topping and eat it-no plates we used kitchen roll to avoid the mess! Yummy!!
Krispie Nests!! Like Rice Krispie cakes but they're nests made out of Shreddies. Again we were careful to discuss the safety issues and what we should do while in the Kitchen. While each group was cooking with Teacher, the others were doing art. Lessens the mess. So I halved the Shreddies and melted the chocolate. Then the kids dipped their own piece of shreddies into the melted chocolate and put three mini eggs on top! We left them to dry and harden before they were taken home to be eaten....It was lent after all! Not sure everyone liked Shreddies but they looked FAB!!
Wise words today? Safety in the kitchen lessons are not as much fun as the cooking but equally important! Also, make enough yummy treats for the teacher too! They deserve it!