At the end of May, families from Hamilton’s Canadian Martyrs School and I created homemade salsa, homemade tortillas and roasted veggie stacks (a particularly artistic creation) with creamy dips from multitudes of colourful ingredients!
This was a hands-on cooking class* to teach kids and their families how much fun it is to create and eat your own beautiful, colourful and delicious foods that are also healthy for your body.
I love guiding kids especially to explore new tastes and flavours and create their own masterpieces that suit their family’s specific tastes! Then they can help out in the kitchen at home! It can be a team effort instead of one family member feeling the burden to manage meals all the time.
These recipe “systems” I developed allow kids to learn and hone skills in a self-directed way (with minimal parental supervision) and to open up to adventurousness, independence and trusting their senses and instincts in their food creativity. From a show of hands every child in attendance tried a new vegetable and most a new herb! Mission accomplished!
Funds for this initiative were provided through the Parents Reaching Out Grant. “Parents are a key part of Ontario’s success in education.” If you would like more information contact your local regional office of the Ministry of Education and lets teach kids together how to nourish themselves!
Thank you Canadian Martyrs Parent Council for your assistance at the class, for your commitment to healthy families and for sharing this collage!
Update: We’re so proud of the work we’ve done in our hands-on teaching and dinner party classes. Working with you, our clients has played such an important part in the new direction of Tree House Kitchen as a food literacy company, specializing in problem-solving skills and resources for busy families and community-members, like you! We hope you enjoy reading about our past classes, and also where we’re headed moving forward.