Les Petits Chefs were fortunate enough to welcome Adell Shneer back into the lab this week for her FIFTH visit (she’s come before to make cheese blintzes, help our with our Food Revolution Day event, make Pad Thai and soup and pasta and each time, we’ve all had so much fun!). When she suggested something with a Hallowe’en theme for this session a few weeks ago, I knew the boys would love it. My only caveat was that it had to be something challenging for them. Adell came up with the idea of making some sugar cookies and bringing them in for the boys to decorate with proper Royal Icing so she could show them some techniques (making a border around the edge then filling the cookie with icing and using toothpicks to make patterns in the icing).
She arrived with some gorgeous pumpkin shaped cookies and a few she’d decorated to give the boys an visual to work with. Everyone was very excited to see these as they entered the lab!
Adell demonstrated the techniques and then sent the boys off to their stations to work through each one. It was MOST organised and not at all the sugar-high chaos I had imagined!
There’s really not much to say about the photos from this week. The pictures really ARE worth a thousand words. I can tell you, though that despite the SUGAR factor, the boys really were extremely calm. Who knew – give the boys some sugar to play with and they’ll focus brilliantly!
I’m particularly impressed with the boys’ piping skills – as evidenced by my adult macaron and pastry classes, this is a skill not everyone seems to naturally possess yet the boys approached this with their typical “can do” attitudes.
Like last week’s sushi class, the boys easily kept their focus for the entire hour, proving that when they are completely engaged in a task (oh and when there’s a yummy treat at the end of the period), even tired and hungry after a long day at school, they can produce some beautiful food. Speaking of hungry, ahem, yes, some of them had black mouths after “testing” the black sugar whilst they worked LOL!
And hey, even *I* managed to make a halfway decent cookie – check it out:
A HUGE thanks to Adell for taking time out of her busy life to work with the boys. We SO appreciate it.
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