Les Petits Chefs Food Revolution Week 4

Jamie Oliver Spaghetti and meatballs post picture

This was a special request from Henry and Charles this week: Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Check out the wonderful technique in the middle row – that’s Liam working out how to divide the meat into four equal parts!  As you can see from the bottom row, some of the meatballs were larger than others and they didn’t cook so evenly.  I have no problem posting these pictures because we all learned a good lesson about food cooking more evenly when it is the same size.  We ended up cutting the larger meatballs in two which helped… Some more excellent knife skills being displayed here: garlic, basil, onion and peppers (don’t worry – noone rubbed their eyes with peppery fingers this week!).  I love that each week, the boys are actually requesting jobs to do as they learn what they do and don’t like doing and what they need more practice with.  Look at Oliver’s fine onion cutting technique in the lower left hand corner!

Below is one of my favourite photos of the week:

An excellent tomato squashing technique…

The boys helped me with the plating of the final dish:

Did the boys like it?  Well just seconds after I took the photo of the completed dish, they were digging in…

And literally minutes after I took that photo, I turned around to find this:

Success? You betcha!

33 Responses to Les Petits Chefs Food Revolution Week 4

  1. penny aka jeroxie April 21, 2010 at 06:41 #

    That looks really good. Love the tomato squashing action too.

  2. Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 21, 2010 at 06:54 #

    That squashing is just so beautiful. Truly it is.

    I also like imagining their faces after demolishing the plate of food. I hope some sauce ended up on someone’s nose.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 23, 2010 at 06:51 #

      See I KNEW you and Penny would love the squishing action!! And yes, there was sauce on noses and cheeks!

  3. Mr. Neil April 21, 2010 at 08:23 #

    Maybe you can do an extra portion on Tuesdays and bring me home a sampling of the boys’ cooking?

    Just for an objective assessment, of course…

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 23, 2010 at 06:50 #

      Neil I have enough trouble asking them to save it until they get home – some of them are eating it in the car on the way!!! I am not sure how they would feel about a tasting portion for you…

  4. Maria April 21, 2010 at 10:22 #

    Food always tastes better when it is made with love:) I am glad they enjoyed it!

  5. 5 Star Foodie April 21, 2010 at 10:52 #

    Mmm… yummy spaghetti and meatballs!

  6. Rochelle (Acquired Taste) April 21, 2010 at 12:23 #

    Forgot the oregano?!?! That’s one of the things I always have around my spice rack 😛

    Glad to see the boys are learning more than just what good food is, but the reasons why things are done a certain way like being the same size 😀

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 21, 2010 at 21:19 #

      Well since we’re working in a science lab, we don’t have a spice rack!!! 😉

      Yes, we are learning lots of useful life lessons in this club!

  7. K a b l o o e y April 21, 2010 at 12:48 #

    Great post about the little chefs, as usual. Who knows, you guys may form a catering company, so long as you follow child labor laws. The mustard and balsamic were interesting surprise ingredients. Looked yummy. I’ve got to start doing these with Moochie.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 23, 2010 at 06:49 #

      Oh I think the boys would LOVE to work at a catering company – as long as they could eat what they make!!! Yes, Jamie uses a lot of balsamic vinegar in his dishes – it adds a nice sweet tartness..

  8. Bibi April 21, 2010 at 16:25 #

    That looks and sounds delicious. I love Jamie and most of his recipes.

  9. Andrea@High/Low April 22, 2010 at 00:14 #

    Love the last photo! The meal looks great…btw, I have the same striped kitchen towels!

  10. Indigo April 22, 2010 at 05:26 #

    I LOVE what you’re doing here, and especially that you can really see the kids picking up skills and learning about what they’re doing. Plus, yum, that looks amazing. I’d be right behind you with a fork at the ready!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 23, 2010 at 06:47 #

      It’s so rewarding, you’re right, and I hope they will remember some of this when they are older. I know that when I was younger and took “Home Ec” in Grade 9, we made Welsh Rarebit and I can still remember how to make it. If you ask me what we did in Math in Grade 9, well, I couldn’t tell you!

  11. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 22, 2010 at 15:31 #

    Yum… What a tasty dish. As always your chefs did an amazing job! LOVE it!

  12. The Duo Dishes April 22, 2010 at 19:23 #

    Love the little hands in each photo. It’s so cute.

  13. Fuji Mama April 22, 2010 at 20:23 #

    I love it! That last picture is so telling! 🙂

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 23, 2010 at 06:46 #

      Little monkeys!! I turned my back and the plate was nearly clean enough to not have to go in the dishwasher!

  14. Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) April 23, 2010 at 14:32 #

    Their skills never cease to amaze me! You must be so proud of the boys 🙂

  15. Kate at Serendipity April 24, 2010 at 02:38 #

    Oh, Mardi, I love this. What a good thing you’re doing with the little chefs! Your photos capture the moment very well, I think–especially the last one!

    You could start a cooking school for kids–they could come after school and learn how to cook ‘real’ food. Hmmm….

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 29, 2010 at 08:12 #

      I would LOVE to start a cooking school for kids… Maybe when I retire from teaching French? 😉

  16. Tracey@Tangled Noodle April 25, 2010 at 10:08 #

    Have I told you how wonderful your Petits Chefs are? Kudos, Mardi, for instilling in these boys an ever-growing love and appreciation for good food and cooking. If I were a guest in your class that day, I would have eagerly dueled forks to get a portion of this plate of spaghetti!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 29, 2010 at 08:13 #

      Tracey you would have had quite the fight on your hands! And thank you – I am so loving cooking club and am glad the boys are too!


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