Ever since Mairlyn Smith first came to work with Les Petits Chefs, I knew we were kindred spirits. None the least because we both agree on the importance of eating breakfast. I live with someone (that would be you, Mr Neil), who isn’t a fan of breakfast – he would start the day fuelled with coffee only. Me? I need to sit down with food, a paper and a coffee (and preferably a lot of time). Breakfast is, in fact my favourite meal of the day. But let’s face it, we don’t always have a lot of time for a proper breakfast. And sometimes, a quick bowl of cereal doesn’t cut it, nutrition-wise. I know after certain foods in the morning, I can be hungry 30 minutes later. Not great when you need a lot of energy to teach little people! But it’s all ok because now I have discovered Mairlyn Smith’s breakfast grab and go cookies. Seriously, for the non-breakfast eaters out there, this will change you life. Well, it will definitely make your mornings a lot better, that’s for sure!
For the Petits Chefs this week, not only was it a lesson in nutrition (every ingredient is in these cookies for a reason!) but also in measuring (and math!). Cooking classes, especially baking (though all cooking really) are about so much more than just food preparation. This week we (re)learned how to properly measure dry ingredients (scoop and sweep!), how to measure liquids like oil (glass measuring jugs, checking the level of liquids at the height of the jug, not from above), a bit of math and also some ingredients substitutes. – since we obviously cannot use walnuts at school Mairlyn explained how we could simply use a little more canola oil to make up for the lost fats. In any case, the boys had a long list of ingredients to work with and the lab was a hive of activity for much of our hour.
While the cookies baked, Mairlyn had a captive audience as she talked to them about how chocolate is made – she’d brought cocoa nibs and cocoa pods in for them to take a look at (and taste!) and the boys were genuinely interested. It’s what I love about these classes – yes, many of the boys are certainly interested in eating the results of our classes (especially classes like this!) but so many of them are genuinely interested in food and cooking in general.
And a few of the cookies didn’t make it the (10 metres) outside the school doors. I saw the telltale chocolate chip smudges around the mouths 😉 And no-one even could taste the “secret ingredient” (strained prunes – they were quite tickled that they would be eating baby food!). Or any of the other healthy ingredients. “So good” “Delicious” The BEST” were the descriptions I heard. One of the boys’ mums whipped up a batch the following day and declared them “addictive”. In the best possible way, you understand!
I managed to save a couple of cookies to taste and they did not disappoint. Truly like a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form, these will set you on your way in the morning with very little fuss. Mairlyn says you can freeze them and pull them out of the freezer the night before, grab them on the way out of the house and be set for the day. I know I’ll be making a batch or two this weekend!
Read all about the various ingredients in the cookies in Mairlyn’s Deconstructing Breakfast Grab and Go cookies article.
Get the recipe for Mairlyn’s Grab and Go cookies here.
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