Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Fun Afternoon with Crafty Cooks

When the children were toddlers, I used to go to a few parent and toddler groups with them. It was an excuse to get out of the house and meet some new people. They were all very similar in that there were toys for the children to fight over play with followed by snacks, cups of tea and a few songs. I tried a few groups before settling with one we liked but I'd have loved to have been able to go to something like Crafty Cooks with the kids.

Crafty Cooks is all about cooking and baking with children from the age of 2 and a half using fun and easy to make recipes. It's a franchise that people can buy in to, allowing them to start up their own business by running classes or offering parties in their area. We went along to our local Crafty Cooks class for a taster recently as part of a magazine article I'm writing.

The kids have only ever been to one other cooking class which they went to on Christmas Eve to make goodies for Santa. They loved it! They love baking and helping me cook at home so I knew they'd enjoy the Crafty Cooks class. I knew I'd enjoy it as I wouldn't have any cleaning up to do afterwards.

The ingredients had all been set out when we arrived. Our hostess was lovely and very welcoming, especially since it was in her own kitchen! The kids popped on their aprons, washed their hands and took a seat at the table, ready to get started.

They made courgette cakes which is something I would never have thought of making but they were so good. The kids managed pretty well by themselves but the recipe was so easy to follow and fool proof so that even if a toddler threw all the ingredients in the mixing bowl at once, they would still turn out good.

Crafty Cooks provide their host with all of the recipe cards, utensils and bowls and because the classes are aimed at children, everything was easy for Z and Miss C to use. Z really enjoyed using the traditional scales to weigh his flour and he was very precise about it.

When the cakes were ready to go in the oven to bake, our hostess popped them in and then had a tasting session with the kids which I thought was a brilliant way to pass the baking time. The kids tried a few different fresh and dried fruits. Miss C wasn't keen on the dried fruits as she loves fresh fruit but Z surprised us by trying a little bit of everything and even eating a few grapes. He's a banana boy and won't eat any other fruit if he can help it.

When the cakes were ready to come out of the oven, our hostess let them cool and then we were able to try some. They were really good and Z said he was surprised because he couldn't taste the courgette at all.

We really enjoyed our Crafty Cook class and if you have one in your local area, it's definitely worth going along to the first class of the term to try it out. You can find out more about classes on the Crafty Cooks website.

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