Teaching My First Cooking Class

Yesterday I taught my first kids cooking class. I am classing this new phase as “Jeanne & The Kids”. My special Sous Chefs for the day were Emma and Beckett. Their parents and I have all known each other for a long time, so it was very relaxed and fun for all of us. Today we learned how to make some yogurt and berry swirls and and some frozen chocolate banana bites. We all had a blast. We are already scheduled for more fun in the kitchen again next week. Both Emma and Beckett help their mommy cook so they already knew some of the basics.

I brought all the equipment for us to use and all the ingredients we needed, then I showed the kids how to make our recipes. The rest was up to their imaginations.

My basic tool box that I packed up to take with me. I am providing each household with a notebook that the kids can put all their recipes in as well, so they can go back and make them anytime they like.

Emma already knew how to use the measuring spoons and measuring cups. Then I had her read the recipes and instructions out to us. So I am not only teaching the kids how to cook, but I am also helping them with their reading and math skills as well.

These are the recipes we made. I started off with fun, simple recipes, with just a few basic ingredients. First, we made some frozen chocolate banana bites. We started with these so we could put them in the freezer while we made our yogurt and berry swirls.

Cutting the banana slices and adding the finishing touches.

After the bananas were dipped in chocolate and the finishing touches were added, into the freezer they went. Now it was time to make our yogurt and berry swirls.

Mixing and mashing the berries and then adding them to the yogurt mixed with maple syrup. Beckett had been eating the chocolate we had leftover from the bananas and was quite proud of his chocolate mustache and goatee. I brought fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries and all kinds of toppings, like granola, banana chips, chocolate chips and mini M&M’s.

The finished culinary masterpieces. Each one was a little different.

These were easy and relatively healthy snacks that can be eaten and enjoyed anytime. They disappeared into some very happy tummies very quickly too. I think it took longer to make them than it did to eat them.

Once the yogurts were eaten and everything was all cleaned up, it was time to go. But we all had so much fun together, we are already planning on doing it again next week. I already have my menu items all planned out. And yes, I am actually wearing one of my old chef’s coats, back from the days when I had to wear them everyday. Beckett was proudly showing off his Spiderman apron too.

*** I only show pictures of kids with their parents’ permission to do so. Toni and Shane, Emma and Beckett’s parents, and I have all known each other for a very long time and I was given permission to use their photos.***

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

30 thoughts on “Teaching My First Cooking Class”

  1. 1. Look at you color-coding your equipment! I love the notebook idea. Fantastic!
    2. I meant to mention that to you – I’m not sure how your theme works, but have you thought about adding a menu with categories to your blog? You thought about it for your nature walks but now that you do video and other stuff, it might be worthwhile to return to that idea.
    3. Your chef outfit adds a nice touch.

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