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Cooking with Kids These School Holidays

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

School Holidays are here, so it’s the perfect time to rally up the troops and have a little fun in the kitchen! Cooking with kids, including baking or even just simple prep-work gives them vital skills, plus who doesn’t love a little good, old-fashioned family time at home when the weather starts to turn?

Prahran Market has run many children’s workshops in the Omega Neil Perry Kitchen in Harvest Hall and around the Market, so we’ve come up with a few tips for cooking with kids these School Holidays.

  1. Make it fun – getting the kids in the kitchen when you’re pressed for time or feeling stressed is generally not the best way to start. And if they’re only just learning the basics, things will move a little slower and you’re likely to be left with a bit of a mess at the end. This is all part of the process, and the more fun it is, the more they will learn.
  2. Embrace the chaos – Cooking with kids is messy; accept it. If you’re constantly cleaning up and fussing about the mess while you’re cooking together, this will taint the experience. Let it go and clean it all up in one go, when you’re done.  
  3. Sneak in the fruit and veggies – the more interaction children have with fruit and veg, the more likely they are to accept them as part of their diet. Let them chop (if safe to do so), grate, handle and taste test. Find recipes they are most likely to enjoy and ensure you use the freshest ingredients you can find from the Market to ensure maximum taste.
  4. Focus on favourites – if there’s something your child enjoys eating, then teach them how to make it. Whether it be a risotto, pancakes or mac’n’cheese, now is the perfect time to make it without all those preservatives, and they’ll be more likely to get excited about the activity too!
  5. Venture from sweets – kids love to bake and, let’s face it, baking is generally something we prefer to do rather than making the weekday meal. But by getting children to help with those everyday dishes, they’ll gather new skills, feel a sense of reward being part of feeding the family, and will have a new appreciation for what you do every day.

If you want something super simple and quick that’s also ready for the kids to eat in no time, try buying some in-season fruit (2-3 varieties), cut into chunks, dip in orange juice and then in desiccated coconut – sweet and healthy. You can even make them into skewers!

Need a little food-spo? The Prahran Market website has plenty of recipes, but we’ve selected 10 that would be great for you to try with the kids, and to expand their ingredient repertoire.

If you make any dishes with our delicious Prahran Market produce, feel free to share it on socials. Don’t forget to tag @prahranmarket or #prahranmarket – we love seeing you get creative in the kitchen!

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