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COVID 19 UPDATE:

Apologies for being absent and quiet over the last 4 months, as many of you know, I had a baby girl (Annabelle) in April, right in lockdown! Due to the combination of these two things, I have had my hands rather full and life is definitely not like I have ever known it before!

Prior to Covid-19 I had hoped to only take the summer term for maternity leave but as Covid continues, it is unfortunately looking impossible for me to be able to run any after school clubs within the government guidelines. With this in mind, I am looking forward to resuming clubs at both Sandfield and Boxgrove Primary Schools in January – assuming things improve or we find ways to adapt.

My best wishes to everyone and I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy. I will email out booking links as soon as they open for January! 

Booking will soon open for Spring term clubs!

Now offering a range of courses for all ages and abilities, Cooking Adventures wants to make food fun and exciting for everyone.

Whether you are already a food lover wanting to develop their skills and knowledge in the kitchen or you are still waiting to be inspired by food, we have a workshop for you!

Being able to cook is an important life skill to have. Being able to enjoy food and create delicious, nutritious meals for others to enjoy is even better. We believe the earlier children are introduced to new foods, the more likely they will be to  develop a broad and balanced palate. This is why at Cooking Adventures we offer classes for children as young as 4 years old.

All classes are led by a qualified school teacher with enhanced DBS  and certificates in first aid and food hygiene, health and safety. You provide the venue, Cooking Adventures will provide the ingredients and resources. Participants will leave with a wipe clean recipe card to cook again at home.

After-school Club

Autumn Term Clubs starting week beginning Monday 17th September.

Liz Freeman has been successfully running after-school cookery clubs for the past 7 years, initially as a teaching assistant, and since as a qualified primary teacher.

The children at Boxgrove Primary School in Guildford have been thoroughly enjoying the clubs offered this last year. Booking is now open for this year!

 

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NEW RECIPES – with a couple of favourites mixed in!

Boxgrove Autumn term clubs:  Years 1+2 will start on  Tuesday 17th September, Years 3-6 will start on Friday 20th September. This club is only open to pupils of Boxgrove School.

 

Sandfield Autumn term clubs:  Years 3+4 will start on  Wednesday 18th September, Years 5+6 will start on Thursday 19th September. This club is only open to pupils of Sandfield Primary School.

Clubs will run for 10 weeks during which the children will learn how to prepare and cook food.

The aim is to give children a chance to discover food in a new way, to let them explore and experiment with food in a fun and safe environment.

Children will learn and practice:

  • How to follow recipes
  • Safe knife skills for cutting/preparing a range of ingredients
  • The basic principles behind making pastry, pizza and pasta 
  • How to make simple base sauces which they will then be able to adapt as their cooking knowledge grows.

Ingredients, aprons and all equipment will be provided each week. For the first week, containers will be given to the children to bring their food creations home in but for the following sessions we ask that either they wash and re-use the container from the first week or that they bring another suitable container from home.

All children will receive a copy of the recipes each week to take home. These will be laminated so that they can be wiped clean in order to last.

Cookery is a great way for children to:

1. Enrich their maths skills;
2. Expand their oral vocabulary;
3. Learn scientific concepts;
4. Boost reading skills;
5. Gain life skills;
6. Develop fine motor skills;
AND promote social skills!

Enrol your child now!

School Workshops

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Cooking Adventures run school workshops offering a range of topic-themed cookery days within your school.

Cooking Adventures  visits your school, sets up and runs the workshops for you. These days are a great alternative to school trips. The workshops offer an affordable way to engage children in a new topic without the expense of travel.  Content and style of the sessions are adapted as necessary to ensure fun is had by all, including any children with special educational needs.

Who runs the class?

A qualified teacher with knowledge of the current curriculum runs all school workshops and will consequently link all activities into the children’s current learning. They are a qualified first aider and level 2 certificated in food health and safety.

Depending on the room and facilities available, we will accommodate for an average group size of 15 – 30 children. Please note the structure of the workshop will be agreed with you in advance.

How much will a workshop like this cost?

A half day workshop will cost £90, whilst a full day cost £170. This price includes all equipment but excludes the cost of ingredients. The reason for this is that we always endeavour to keep costs minimal and ingredients required for various themes does vary.

Please contact us to get an accurate quote for your required workshop.

Pictures below are from our most recent workshop which was a day of Indian Cookery for 90 children in Year 4.

  • The workshop was split into 6 groups of 15 children – 3 groups made Vegetable Samosas; 1 group made Paneer Tikka (Vegetable) Skewers; 1 group made  Chicken Balti and the final group cooked Chicken Korma. In the afternoon, all 90 children had a chance to taste every dish along with some poppadoms and mango chutney. As an example, the ingredients for this workshop cost £100.

This particular range of dishes was selected to meet a range of dietary needs and, of course, was completely nut-free.

When the children were not cooking – they were provided with a classroom based maths activity involving adding/subtracting money in the context of an Indian Restaurant using a menu to plan a meal/event to match a budget and set criteria.

Children’s Parties

Cooking Adventures run fun parties for up to 12 children aged 5-11.

Parties are run in your own home or a local venue, as arranged by Cooking Adventures. Fun, as well as, health and safety are high priorities for all our parties. Cooking Adventures will work with you and your family to plan the party based on a theme your child will love.

We provide all utensils and ingredients needed. the children will work together to cook their own lunch or tea, perhaps even the birthday cake! Throughout the party your child will have great fun with their friends whilst learning a few key skills for life. We also offer you the option to purchase ‘Cooking Adventures’ goody bags for each child, the contents of these can be agreed prior to your party.

A standard goody bag might include: Paper chef hat, wooden spoon, cookie cutter, mini rolling pin and a couple of bonus recipe cards.

Please contact us for more information or to book.

Safety:

As a qualified primary school teacher and first aider, the lead for all parties will ensure safety precautions are taken at all times. Activities planned will therefore take into consideration, the age and number of children participating.

Courses

Cooking Adventures offers a range of cookery courses to suit all ages and abilities.

Courses are run at a number of venues across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

Courses are broken into categories, first by age, then by style of cooking. Courses are run by a qualified teacher and first aider.

 

6 year olds and under.
Ages 7 – 11 years
Adults

 

Recipe Books

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Hardback Cover offers long lasting protection and a luxury feel.

Containing nearly 50 recipes taking you from breakfast through to dinner.

Easy to follow with tips and tricks throughout.

 

The perfect book for those with young families as many recipes are suitable for cooking WITH the kids.

For those who prefer their recipes stored electronically here is an Ebook version which is compatible with Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iPad®, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers.

Click on the picture above to preview, purchase and download your copy now.

Need HELP with a Dinner Party?

Wanting to host a special dinner party or event but unsure what to cook, how to design a menu or how to cook that special something?

No need to worry anymore, Cooking Adventure’s Liz Freeman is here to help! Support ranges from helping design a menu for the occasion through to teaching you how to cook the desired menu so that you can wow your guests. This service is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customise your event to suit you.

Please contact us at info@cookingadventures.co.uk for further information

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