Les Petits Chefs bake and taste with Sarah Elton

Kids learning about apples from Sarah Elton on eatlivetravelwrite.comRegular readers of this blog will know that I recently reviewed Sarah Elton’s latest book “Starting from Scratch” and I loved it.  Ostensibly a book for teaching kids about food, it covers a variety of different aspects of food education.  It’s the essential book for a curious kid but one which offers adults a whole lot of information they’ll no doubt find interesting as well!

As a huge fan of Sarah’s work, I was so excited when Sarah agreed to come and work with Les Petits Chefs this week – Sarah was keen to chat with the boys about the concept of “taste” and how we taste with more than just our tongues, and I was keen to round out the class with a bit of baking – Sarah’s “out of the box” chocolate chip/ oatmeal cookies from the book.

We started out with the baking portion of the lesson. We measured, mixed and stirred…

Kids mixing butter and sugar on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids mixing butter and sugar for cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids scooping and sweeping on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids scooping and sweeping baking powderon eatlivetravelwrite.comKids mixing dry ingredients into wet for cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comSuch a super easy recipe – I can’t imagine anyone who would find this recipe challenging. And whilst I don’t suggest that “cooking with kids” is simply baking, one of the things I am trying to instill in the boys is that “from scratch” really is much easier than they imagine, with the bonus being that with a “from scratch” product, you actually know all of the ingredients that go into it and you can control how much sugar, salt etc… is being used.  These cookies have very few ingredients and were so easy to make that I hope the boys WILL try them at home. I mean, if they are going to make/ eat cookies, I’d rather it be these kind!

Kids scooping cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids scooping cookies on baking tray on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids baking cookies from Sarah Elton's book on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys had really done a number on the butter (who needs a microwave to soften the butter and who needs an electric hand beater to cream the butter and sugar together?) and so by the time we got to scooping out the cookies on the tray, the dough was a little sticky… But we managed to make 24 even-sized cookies (with even a little left over, it sadly didn’t fit on the tray).

Sarah Elton Starting from Scratch chocolate chip cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs the cookies baked, Sarah gave the boys a GREAT lesson all about how we taste our food (who knew that some people have more tastebuds than others?) and provided some different types of apples for the boys to sample, asking them to think about the colour, the smell, the first impression when they bit into the slices, the taste in their mouths and the taste after they’d eaten them. The boys recorded their responses…

Kids tasting apples and describing them on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe managed to get beyond “It tastes good” which is a fair reaction when you’re starving, smelling the chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven and you’ve been at school for hours 😉  The boys did a pretty decent job of thinking about all of Sarah’s questions (and listening to her, it’s armed me with some great ideas for conversation starters about food with the boys, moving forward!).  Who knows, maybe we have some future sommeliers in the club (“Wait, you mean people get PAID to drink wine?”).

Meanwhile, about those cookies:

Sarah Elton chocolate chip cookies from Starting from Scratch on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose would be some of the best looking cookies I’ve seen in a while. And made in just about 30 minutes. I mean really, why WOULDN’T you bake these from scratch?

Thank you Sarah for coming to share your expertise with the boys. We’re so grateful.  I know a few of the mums have already purchased your book and I hope everyone who reads this post will as well.  Even if you don’t have kids or your child doesn’t seem interested (yet), it’s a great place from which to start conversations about food with kids (yours or someone else’s!).

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7 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs bake and taste with Sarah Elton”

  1. Mr. Neil wasn’t holding his breath waiting for a cookie in his lunch this week: I mean, the LPC devotion to their #1 taste tester only goes so far, right? 😉

    Re tastebuds, there’s an easy way you can test to see if your tongue is set up to be a “super taster”. Alas, the boys will be disheartened to hear – generally speaking – women have more tastebuds than men…

  2. I totally want to do an apple taste-test with my own boys this weekend just for fun. That is, if they aren’t too busy walking to Bloor St. to buy their mom some flowers. 😉

  3. Love these li’l guys. They’re so talented.
    I have my favs among apples, I must admit. Quite picky, actually.
    There are those I love for eating raw (Fuji/Gala/Pink Lady)
    and mostly just Grannies for baking. They hold their crunch quite
    well and add a wonderful tart again the sweetness in a pie or cake.


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