The second session of my cooking class was International baking. I had 4 girls, all 8 years old (it can’t get much better than that).
We started off the first week making Venezuelan Alfajores sandwich cookies, Albanian cornbread with feta and green onion. Indian Nankhatai cookies and South African Karringmelkbesuits.
Since they were only 8, they were more about the creating, than the outcome. So I would invite them to use their creativity, after we completed the recipe.
This is one of the girls hand made cookie.
Each of the girls reminded me of our Aves, she would have loved being in this class.
I decided to start each day with a different approach, than I did with my cooking class.
I would find a book on video that had a story about a country that we were going to “visit” or a food that resembled one we would be making. They loved it.
And if you don’t know about StoryLine Online, and you have kids, you have to check it out!
The next week we made Egyptian butter cookies and Lithuanian sour cream pockets.
The sour cream pocket recipe did not work, something was off…
But who cares.
Next, we made mango cupcakes, and stuffed Georgian cheese breads.
I was really excited about this next recipe.
Mongolian sesame flat-bread crackers with a cream cheese spread.
But somewhere along the way, the soy sauce was heavy handed in the spread and it was too salty…inedible
But I will make that again.
We also made a really good cheese pizza.
And a not so good Romanian Easter bread.
The last day of class, I asked them to make something from the ingredients that we had left. Chopped style. They put so much heart into it. But…
You guys, this raised my blood pressure.
I just can’t with chaos.
But, they did so great.
They all used cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
Most of it wasn’t edible.
But that wasn’t the point. The point was to give them the freedom to create, with no boundaries.
I was very lucky to have that group of girls, It was such a great experience .