Event: Kids Cooking Corner School Holiday class
Where: 24 Dalley Road, Heathcote
Cost: $30 pp
Contact: ph – 0430 013 336, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Cooking Corner is a hidden gem tucked away in the leafy hamlet of Heathcote in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. The business was started a year ago by mother of three Robin Smith and has already attracted an enthusiastic local following through little more than word of mouth.
After many years working in her family’s chain of hair salons, Robin made the gutsy decision to follow her own passions. She quit the hair dressing game and plunged into a professional catering course at TAFE. She’s also had a life-long calling to work with kids and hence the idea for the cooking school was born. Together she and her husband Craig, a builder, converted a granny flat under their house into a bright and airy kitchen workshop. When you enter the cooking school through the Smith’s spacious back garden, you are greeted by a scene reminiscent of the classic TV series The Good Life. Plump, fluffy chickens wander past the vegetable patches and under the orange tree where ripe fruit carpets the shady ground. It’s like a small piece of country living transplanted into suburbia. Harvesting this bounty is all part of the fun for the kids. Meanwhile inside the kitchen, the kids who are serial visitors, all know the drill but Robin goes over the rules for our benefit. Rule number 1 is to have fun, rule two is that a mess is allowed and rule three is that you can eat as much as you want while you’re cooking. I like this class already.
The menu varies from class to class but is always simple and fun as Robin likes to encourage her charges to experiment at home. Today we did mouth watering honeycomb chocolate cheese cakes, strawberry ice cream and jaffa biscuits using fresh oranges from the garden.
The school holiday classes last for 90 minutes to two hours with a maximum of 6 children. Robin is extremely easy going and the students can participate as much or as little as they like. Naturally they all get into the fun stuff like crushing biscuits and whipping cream cheese. Robin is mindful that young attention spans are prone to wander so she often moves the action outside to collect fruit, vegetables and eggs when the chooks are laying. She doesn’t mind if the little ones want to take time out to bounce on the family’s super sized trampoline.
At the end of the session everyone gets to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Our morning’s efforts yielded splendid results. The cheese cake was decadently rich with a moreish toffee crunch. Yet the strawberry ice cream was the highlight – straight from the ice cream machine it is pure heaven. My girls and I needed no persuasion to wolf it down.
Robin also holds afternoon classes during the school term and opens the place up for birthday parties on weekends. Imagine a party where the kids prepare all the food and someone else cleans up afterwards? It sounds ideal to me.
Mumabulous Verdict: 9/10
This is a lovely way for primary school aged kids to spend a couple of hours over the school holidays. The fact that the students keep coming back is the best endorsement any teacher can get. I’d encourage Shire Mums to check it out and spread the word.
Can we go back to those people’s place again Mum?
The picture says it all.