I recently had the pleasure of visiting two great primary schools in Co.Clare; Ennis CBS and Scoil Mhuire School in Lahinch. I was invited to speak as part of their Schools’ literacy week to share our story and introduce them to the Duck Egg & Lime Recipe and Activity workbook. After an interactive cooking demonstration, I opened the floor to questions from the pupils. I was absolutely blown away, not only by the standard of questions that came my way but also just how eloquently they were able to get their point across. It would seem that in 2019 primary school children have a level of confidence and maturity I could have only dreamed of in my teenage years.
In both schools, I prepared the ever popular ‘Brownie in a Mug’ recipe and explained how rewarding it is to prepare dishes for themselves. I do my best when discussing eating habits with kids not to come across overly preachy. Kids these days are bombarded with grownups telling them to eat fruit and veg and avoid processed sugars. I’ve noticed over the years at the cookery school that kids lose interest, the second ‘healthy’ is mentioned. In my opinion, children who are are exposed to what exactly goes into the snacks, make more informed decisions when reaching into the cupboard.
There are a number of reasons when doing Kids cooking demos that I like to share the ‘Brownie in a Mug’ recipe with the children.
- As it only involves a handful of straightforward ingredients, kids see how easy it can be to prepare their own food. This breaks down the notions that they have formulated that cooking is an unattainable task.
- They physically see the amount of sugar that’s required. Kids are generally shocked by this fact. They come away seeing brownies as definitely only treat foods!
- During the demo, I explain to them how you have no control over what goes into the processed treats you buy in shops. The important lesson that foods they prepare themselves taste nicer and are better for them.
- The Brownie is baked in the Microwave for about 1 minute – The realisation they can do this without much help from a grown-up offers them a real sense of independence.
I would like to send a massive THANK YOU to Ms Shine at Ennis CBS, Scoil Mhuire, Lahinch’s Mr. Curry for inviting me to their respective schools. I was made feel so welcome. And also to Ennis and Lahinch Bookshops for the opportunity and suggesting me as Guest Author to both School. Thank you all.
Photos Credit: Ms Shine, the boys and girls of Ennis CBS