Movie theme school holiday cooking classes

Bring some movie magic to life these school holidays with The Essential Ingredient’s kids’ cooking classes inspired by classic films.

Kids love movies, and spend hours re-watching their favourites, play acting, quoting lines and singing songs. Then there’s the compulsory toys, costumes, and assorted merchandise parents are persuaded to buy. The whole family can end up living in a Disneyesque world, populated by dolls, gadgets and bath towels from the same licensed franchise.

Instead of just watching their favourite DVD for the 15th time, why not expand your kids’ skills with a movie related cooking class? Cooking is an essential life skill, it helps kids develop confidence, expands their palate, and helps foster patience, attention to detail and the importance of following instructions. It fires creativity and brings puts their maths and science knowledge into a real life setting.

And best of all, the mess happens in The Essential Ingredient Cooking School’s own kitchen, not yours. Parents get to go off and do their own thing while the kids experience the hands-on fun of cooking without Mum or Dad’s help.

Cowabunga dude!

There will be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pizza class on Tuesday September 26th at 9.30am, where kids will make a crispy, crusty pizzas, and take home their own dough to make another at home. We’ll have a wide array of toppings for the kids to use, but it might not be quite the weird and wonderful combinations that the Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael would order (jelly beans and sausage, peanut butter and clams, butterscotch, onions and anchovies)

Classic Italian

For fans of the canine classic Lady and The Tramp, we have a class on homemade Italian spaghetti and meatballs on Wednesday September 27, at 9.30am. Led by Nonna Angie, the class overs making Napoletana sauce and proper Italian meatballs served with spaghetti. Angie may even teach the kids how to sing Bella Notte.

Knotty problem solved

Budding bakers are sure to enjoy the Tangled bread braiding class, inspired by Rapunzel’s long plaited tresses. Chef Jace leads this class on how to mix, rise, plait, decorate and bake challah bread. Again, kids will be able to take home some dough to practice with. It happens on Thursday September 28, at 9.30am.

Chill time for parents

So you’ve seen Frozen more times than you’d care to mention, and are ready to “Let it go, let it gooooo”.  Sign up your child aged 8 or over to the Frozen Inspired Sweet Treats class on Tuesday October 3 at 9.30am. Kids will make an edible version of Elsa’s frozen creations, and troll rock biscuits just like Kristoff’s cute family.

All classes are run in The Essential Ingredient’s cooking school, in our store at The Junction Fair, and are open to children aged 8 and over. They are not suitable for people on a gluten free or nut free diet. The Lady and the Tramp class is not suitable for vegetarians. Participants need to wear enclosed shoes and tie back long hair.

For more details and to book, visit our cooking school page.

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