If someone had told me a few weeks ago that my two young girls, aged 2 ½ and 4 ½, would sit quietly through a one and a half hour cookery workshop I would never have believed them. My children are somewhat restless to say the least, known for their enthusiasm for climbing and jumping from anything in sight, and getting them to sit still for more than 10 minutes is no easy feat. So it was with some trepidation that I took them along to the half term Brazilian themed ‘Cook up a Carnival’ cookery workshop at Maggie & Rose in Kensington.
On arrival at the club we received a warm welcome and were led by the girls taking the workshop down to the cosy snug area for a brief introduction and then on to the lovely kitchen area where the cooking would take place. I was extremely impressed by the facilities and the equipment, which are first class. The two girls in charge of the workshop were charming and also cleverly adept at ensuring that discipline was maintained, which is essential to ensuring things staying in control when dealing with a group of some 10 children aged between 2 and 4 let loose in a kitchen!
The theme of the workshop was Brazilian street food and the dishes on the menu were Cassava bread and Chicken with rice and beans. The children were encouraged to try the different ingredients and compare the tastes and textures and there was a short break for a story and a snack. At the end of the workshop the finished dishes were packed up and given to us to take with us, so the children could enjoy the fruits of their labour at home.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and expertise of the girls in charge, my fears were unfounded and my children sat calmly throughout the workshop, getting on with the tasks in hand and enjoying a lot of tasting along the way.…Although they did go a little wild afterwards in the fantastic upstairs play area – which they loved! All in all a very successful outing and something I would definitely contemplate repeating!