HALFWAY through the morning, as tomato fondue bubbled on the cooker, chocolate egg nests set on the worktop and 11-year-old Hannah shaped bunny pancakes on a hot frying pan, it hit me: online cooking classes with kids really do work. Until then, I have to admit that I didn’t think much of virtual cooking classes. How much could smallies really learn by just watching a screen? It took a class with Darina Allen to convince me.
- Ballymaloe Cookery School: www.cookingisfun.ie; recipes from Bord Bia’s Learn to Cook with Neven: www.bordbia.ie/neven-maguire/
- Darina Allen’s How to Cook and Neven Maguire’s Learn To Cook with Neven are both out now.
- DK Children’s Cookbook By Katharine Ibbs — any of the DK cookbooks for kids are a treasure trove of easily achievable recipes.
- Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain — Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has a nifty way of telling lovely tales that finish in recipes like pea and mint risotto or very berry breakfast muffins.
- GIY’s Know-it-Almanac by Michael Kelly and Muireann Ní Chíobháin — there’s lots of growing to do here but also recipes for treats using veg that you have grown yourself.
- Cooking for Your Kids by Joshua David Stein — this collection of recipes from chefs all around the world shows that everyone is in the same boat when it comes to getting food on the table for their children. While this book is aimed at parents, there are many playful recipes: Spicy scrambled eggs, smoked sweet potato gnocchi, or pork and zucchini dumplings.