This is by far the most meaningful class that we have ran so far and I cannot wait to do it all again in the very near future. I decided to create a class where the kids prepare, make and serve dinner to their families and then sit down and enjoy it all together, after all, we are called The Family Table. I could instantly tell how relieved the mums were to have a night off from making dinner but I think the part that they loved the most was seeing what their kids created and hearing from the kids about all of the different steps they took to create that meal. It truly got me a bit emotional but it hit home that this is what it’s all about. This is at the end of the day exactly the moments that I want to be involved in helping to create at dinner tables everywhere.
The kids got stuck into making their Tiramisu for dessert. This is a quick and easy dessert to make that they could simply put in the fridge and grab it out later on to serve it up.
We then got our hands a bit dirty crumbing the chicken for our parmigiana.
We peeled our eggs to go on our Caesar salad, cooked up our bacon and even made our own fresh aioli. The eggs and bacon came from Freckle Farm and it’s a place that most of the kids are looking forward to visiting one day soon. The beautiful lettuce for our Caesar salad came from Dean and Alison’s farm New Reefs Hydroponics. They have the freshest herbs, lettuce, rocket, baby spinach and bok choi that you have ever tasted!
Once we had all of the food ready, it was time to set the tables and welcome the families back by taking them to their seats and getting them a drink of Cloudy Mountain Cordials Orange Cordial. Then it was time look at the proud faces of the kids and the happy faces of the families when the kids served up their dinner (it really was a priceless moment that I won’t forget anytime soon). This was followed by dessert! We plenty of mums that were very surprised that their kids actually ate their dinner (winning)!
The kids even helped to collect all of the plates and put the scraps into the bin before heading off home with all of their recipes and a sense of accomplishment about what they created and more importantly who they created it for. I can’t wait to hear the stories of them cooking it up again soon.
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Trudie Bishop is our Chief of Foodspiration and an experienced home cook with a passion for learning and getting kids of all ages in the kitchen.