by Seasons Pantry owner & founder Russell Hill
Ok, so the weekend has arrived and it’s time to keep the kids busy. Why not get them involved in some cooking? Don’t be alarmed…I’ve got all the tricks of the trade to keep the little ones interested as well as making some delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy. I get that the initial part doesn’t sound like much of a parent pause, but once you’re done (and you may actually find it fun) you can put your feet up for a few minutes, whilst they enjoy their homemade treats!
Three Steps to Kiddie-Cooking Success
Make the Time
The single reason I hear all the time for not cooking with the kids, is that people don’t have enough time, but it doesn’t have to be the commitment one might think. One hour on a Saturday is all it takes. Saturday brekkie is the ideal time, since it’s the most important meal of the day and a great chance to introduce your kids to a handful of ‘must know’ dishes.
Keep it fun
When planning a children’s party, centred around food (we sometimes host kids cooking parties), our focus is the fun-factor; making delicious food that is far from laborious.
Think Chocolate Mud Pies, Oreo Plant Pots and Flapjack Fingers.
Don’t worry about kitchen Gadgets
At the Seasons Pantry kitchen, you won’t find high tech equipment or kitchen gadgets that cost the earth. Get creative with what you have. You wouldn’t believe the number of things that can be used as a shape cutter!
Have a go at this super quick and easy recipe this weekend…
Jam Splodge Biscuits
175g Unsalted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla extract
¼ cup soft icing mixture
1 cup plain flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 raspberry jam
- With Mum or Dad’s help, preheat the oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Beat the butter, vanilla and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium until pale and fluffy. Add the flour and cornflour, and mix for 30 seconds or until a dough forms. The mixture should be like play dough!
- Lightly dust your hands with some extra flour, and then roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Place each onto the trays about 2cm apart and use your fingers to flatten slightly. Create a big thumbprint in the centre of the dough to create an indent, and then fill each with a small blob of jam (1⁄2 teaspoon).
- Ask Mum or Dad to transfer the biscuits into the oven for 10 minutes or until they turn light golden on the edges and the jam is bubbling.
- Once baked, allow the biscuits to cool on the baking trays for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Seasons Pantry – Honest, Thoughtful Event Catering
Seasons Pantry is a caterer with a conscience. Based in Rugby, the Seasons Pantry kitchen is always filled with visitors (mostly because of the cake) and we welcome the chance to cater for large numbers – it’s what we do best!
We pride ourselves on creating fresh, seasonal menus, delivered with style. We cater for children’s parties, meetings, funerals, christenings and many more! Our presentation is set to impress your guests or wow your workforce. With a professional, dedicated approach to sourcing sustainable, local produce, our menus always create a lasting impression.