For this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24, I am thrilled to be participating in an event showcasing cooking with kids. Foodbuzz partnered with Frigidaire to produce an extra-fun 24×24 event. Frigidaire’s Make Time For Change program supports Save the Children’s efforts to ensure that kids will have access to healthy foods this holiday season and all year long. To recognize Frigidaire’s charitable partnership with Save the Children, this month’s 24×24 was to feature kids’ meals or parties.
As regular readers of this blog know, I run a cooking club for 9-11 year old boys called Les Petits Chefs. I was excited to submit a proposal for the boys to contribute to a bake sale we held at school last week to raise money for the Pakistan flood relief. Our Grade 4 teacher hails from Pakistan and has been working to raise awareness about the devastation to her homeland caused by the recent floods. The bake sale was her idea and I really wanted to be able to have my cooking club contribute some baked goods as well as chat with them about how lucky they are compared to many many children across the world. We each made little sacrifice for those children suffering in Pakistan – the boys gave up an hour of their time as well as the privilege of eating what they cook immediately (which is what normally happens) and I donated the $250 stipend provided by Foodbuzz to the International Development and Relief Foundation.
I chose three recipes to make within the hour we have allotted to club time each week (ambitious I know but the boys are such pros in the kitchen now, I thought they could handle it!): Honey Joys and Chocolate Crackles (treats from my childhood) and Super Charge Me cookies as a somewhat healthier treat.
We attacked the Honey Joys and cookies first, since they needed baking in the oven. We had the most excellent Rosewood Estates honey to use…
from the Kellogg’s Australia website
90g butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes
Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare 24 patty pans (paper baking cups). Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy. Add Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes and mix well. Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases. Bake in a slow oven 325°F for 10 minutes.
The Super Charge Me cookies recipe can be found over on Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink and be Vegan website and includes a whole lotta healthy stuff like oats, spelt flour, flax meal and just the tiniest hint of sweet with maple syrup and chocolate chips.
4 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Bubbles®
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
250g copha®*, chopped (vegetable shortening)
3 tbsp cocoa
In a large bowl, mix the Kellogg’s® Rice Bubbles®, icing sugar, cocoa & coconut. Slowly melt the copha® in a saucepan over a low heat. Allow to cool slightly. Add to Rice Bubbles mixture, stirring until well combined. Spoon mixture into paper patty cases and refrigerate until firm.
The day of the bake sale dawned bright and clear. I arrived at school around 7.40 to be greeted by one of my students claiming he had already had “like 14 treats” (he hadn’t!) but it really set the tone for the day.
There was an excellent buzz from early in the morning to well after lunch (yes, people donated a lot of baked goods!) and the boys were super excited for their first bake sale of the year. What was really heartwarming was how the whole school rallied around this very worthy cause; from Grade 3 through Grade 12, parents, teachers and admin staff – it was a true coming together as a community for the good of those in need.
A fabulous day with over $800 raised from the sales! I was happy to be a part of it, with my small contribution, but more importantly, I was pleased that my club boys took an hour out of their time to think about others less fortunate and do something about it. So proud of my Petits Chefs Thank you Foodbuzz for giving me the opportunity to help children both near and far.
If you would like to contribute to the Pakistan Floor Relief through IDRF, you can donate here.
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