Cooking is my passion, but it hasn't always been this way. Eating...yes, but loving to cook came later in life. I didn't even have the basic knowledge of how to cook until I was in college and having to fend for myself.
Sadly, most schools have taken home economics and cooking classes out of the curriculum, and with everyone's busy schedules, we struggle to find the time or patience to teach cooking basics to our children. Learning to cook is not an instinctual skill, the basics really have to be taught, and I am looking forward to getting these kids comfortable with cooking (before college!).
Recently, TV has made cooking cool again, (thank you Food Network). It is also thanks to all my foodie parents for instilling youthful interest, passion and confidence into this next generation of chefs and encouraging them in their food exploration! I know there are a lot of excited kids out there who are looking forward to this fun-filled week. There are probably a lot of parents who are looking forward to dinner being brought home to the family each night too, so I thought this might be a good time to give a glimpse at our menu for the week:
Lasagna, caesar salad, garlic bread, cannoli
Quiche lorraine, arugula salad, french bread with fresh herbed butter, chocolate pots de creme
Fish tacos with chipotle cream, corn and avocado salad, rice and beans, pico de gallo
Thailand: Waterfall beef salad, Thai noodle salad, cucumber relish, peanut and tamarind sauce
America: Macaroni and cheese (of course!), with salad
Besides cooking their own lunches in the style of the country of the day, we have lots of crafts, games and skills classes planned too:
-Taste test competition (Top Chef)
-Paper flower making (for centerpieces)
-Mystery box challenge (Master -Chef/Chopped), with suprise guest chefs to assist
-Crazy napkin folds and table setting challenge
-Knife skills and kitchen safety (with test and certificate)
-smelling challenge (identifying herbs and vegetables by smell)
I've dreamed of teaching kids in the kitchen for a long time and am so excited to have an almost
fully booked* World Cooking Camp, introducing cuisines from around the world to your kids. I am also excited to announce that I have a fabulous intern, Marie-Amelie, coming over from France, just to assist us and be a part of this camp.I know it's going to be a full week, but it will be filled with learning and will bring our kids memories that will cary them through adulthood.
Give a man a fish, you feed him a meal.
Teach a man to fish, you feed him a lifetime!
*We have one spot left and we want to fill it! Please tell your foodie friends with kids (or foodie kids with parents who are your friends!) about us so we can fully book our first annual World Cooking Class for Kids!
Contact Heather Adams at 703-244-6263 or at firstname.lastname@example.org