Halfway through the morning, with tomato fondue bubbling on the stove, chocolate eggs on the countertop and 11-year-old Hannah shaping rabbit pancakes in a hot skillet, I realized: online cooking classes with kids really work. Until then, I have to admit that I didn’t think much of virtual cooking classes. How much could young children really learn just by looking at a screen? It took a class with Darina Allen to convince me.
Over the past Easter break, out of sheer desperation, I signed Hannah up for a 90 minute cookalong at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, hoping it would entertain her for a morning while I work.
- Ballymaloe Cooking School: www.cookingisfun.ie; Recipes from Bord Bia’s Learn to Cook with Neven: www.bordbia.ie/neven-maguire/
- How to Cook by Darina Allen and Learn To Cook with Neven by Neven Maguire are available now.
Six online cooking classes for kids
Books for cooking with children
- DK Children’s Cookbook By Katharine Ibbs – each of the DK children’s cookbooks is a treasure trove of easy-to-follow recipes.
- Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain – Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has a slick way of telling beautiful stories that result in recipes like pea and mint risotto or very berry breakfast muffins.
- GIY’s know-it almanac by Michael Kelly and Muireann Ní Chíobháin – lots to do here, but also recipes for home-grown veg treats.
- Cooking for Your Kids by Joshua David Stein – this collection of recipes from chefs around the world shows that everyone is in the same boat when it comes to putting food on the table for their kids. Although this book is aimed at parents, there are plenty of playful recipes: Spicy Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Sweet Potato Gnocchi, or Pork Zucchini Dumplings.