In the final week of the cooking course, we invited parents and friends to join us in the cafe space. Each class put on their own version of a cafe, complete with menus and a unique cafe name, like “The Yummy Cafe”.
Students greeted their guests at the front door and escorted them to their seats. We had beautiful handmade menus from which they could choose drinks, sandwiches, and a delicious dessert. The guests could ask questions like “What’s in a Shirley Temple?” or “What does it taste like?” You can see from the video that the kids did most of the work in the kitchen. They all worked really well together as a team, and I’m very proud of them!
I’m excited to see the next iteration of the cafe. Maybe we can include some seasonal drinks like hot chocolate or flavored tea.
Thank you to all the parents and families who came, and of course to all the students who worked so hard in preparation. Everyone did an amazing job!
Starting in September we laid the ground work for some of the main things we would be making over the next 3 months. Our overall goal is to invite our friends and family to a small cafe. We’ll be offering refreshments from 3 main categories: drinks, sandwiches, and dessert.
This month we started with mixed drinks. This was a good chance to practice measuring liquids using mL, Tbsp (tablespoons), tsp (teaspoons), etc. For younger students it was also a good chance to practice larger numbers.
The next challenge was sandwiches. We spent 1 lesson learning how to make bread, and another putting sandwiches together. The bread was a really exciting experience. It was the first time for many of our students to make bread from scratch. Even though we had a stand-mixer to help us, we still got our hands into that sticky dough to knead it. It was very cool to see it rise after some time.
The last step was probably the most exciting for the kids: cookies. Who doesn’t want to make cookies? By now, they were familiar with all of the necessary vocabulary (flour, sugar, baking soda, ect.) so following the recipe was pretty easy. In some classes, I let the students take the lead and helped out where necessary. They did a great job!
If you’re interested, here’s the recipe. I assure you, these cookies are amazing.
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
50g white sugar
125g brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
170 g chocolate chips
Preheat the the oven to 180 ℃.
In a bowl, add the white sugar, brown sugar, and butter. Mix until creamy (about 2 minutes).
Add the egg and vanilla and continue mixing.
Slowly add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Combine until a creamy batter forms.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop between 1-3 tablespoons of cookie dough on to a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Hi everyone, I’m really excited about this year’s cooking course.
Here is a quick summary of what we did in September. Many of our project oriented courses begin with a goal; the goal of the cooking class is for students to open and manage a small cafe for their family and friends. Of course, this will be done in English! In our cafe, we will serve some simple drinks, snacks and desserts.
The first third of the cooking class is devoted mostly to learning vocabulary that will be helpful in the kitchen. Without a solid foundation of vocabulary it is very difficult to understand or replicate any recipes. The vocabulary includes appliances, locations in the kitchen, words to describe flavor, common ingredients, and useful verbs.
With this foundation, we started by sampling some different foods and describing their flavor. Is ketchup sweet? Is it sour? What about mayonnaise? Over the next several weeks we made some basic food and drinks. Making pancakes was a good way to learn how to follow a recipe and find ingredients in the kitchen. Through mixing drinks we practiced measuring ingredients and in some cases converting quantities (for example, ounces to mL).
Although we’re not doing any serious cooking right now, the students have been very involved and seem keen to put on their aprons and get messy. I’m excited about next month, where we will try some slightly more complex recipes, including bread and cookies. See you then!