Monday, August 16, 2010

Plotting and scheming in a fun, fun way!

Recently it has seemed that my life is quite food-focussed, and in a good way! I recently signed up as a Thermomix consultant, have started stocking up on healthy, whole-foods and am really excited at getting my family onto a healthier and more sustainable diet. I also made jam. Me - the person who messes up a sweet recipe without even trying! I made the most amazingly dee-lishus strawberry and apple jam in 45 minutes with my new Amazing Kitchen Assistant, Madame Thermomix!

A few months ago I started up my Juno Events and Juno Junior kids' party businesses, and I must confess things have been a bit slow (stoned snail pace, actually) to get started, so I got my thinking cap on and tried to think how I could make my business stand out a bit.

The answer actually came to me from about 5 sources all at the same time.

1. My kids became even more obsessed with Masterchef than I was
2. My son went to a Father-Son cooking class with his dad and loved it
3. All of my kids have been having as much fun with the new Thermomix as I have, and really getting into the whole concept of whole foods and really Making Stuff From Scratch
4. I started watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - the US one, and found I had tears in my eyes at nearly every episode.
5. My mother spoke to a friend of hers about my new gadget, and my love of food, and she mentioned that there was a Junior Masterchef about to come out.

Well - that had the efffect of that delightful lightbulb popping up over my head and I realised (about time too) that kids cooking classes are the way forward for me. I do love kids, I really do. I'm also no pushover and have no problems whatsoever in doing what it takes to maintain discipline in group situations (aka - I have a reeeeeee-ly good Cross Voice when required).

So, I love kids, I love food, I'm passionate about sustainable living and would love to share the benefits of healthy cooking and eating, and I've also got my Cert IV in Training and Assessment, which has taught me all about OHS, lesson planning, learning styles and much more.

I would be eternally grateful for any feedback any of you lovely blog-followers could provide. I've got a few ideas on how to actually run this, including:

1. Full-term courses one day a week afterschool (like sports etc.)
2. Parent and toddler cook-together classes
3. Hosting kids' cooking themed birthday parties
4. School holiday half-day activities

With each class the children would get to take home a main course dish to serve a family of 4, probably, thus freeing up Mum or Dad from cooking dinner that day. They would also get to take home samples of anything else we've made - bread, pastries, cakes - whatever we get up to!

Venues at which to hold these classes seem to be everywhere near me, with the local council running a whole heap of lovely community centres which all seem to have very well-planned kitchen areas.

So - that's my idea, and I'm running with it! Let me know what you think! Would you send your child to something like this? Do you think they'd even be interested?



kitchenmage said...

Great idea! You'd have kids and parents eager to play. I know kid's cooking classes are becoming more popular here in the states. I've been toying with the idea myself since I wrote the kid's cookbook...well, actually I want to do family cooking classes, more like the Father/Son thing.

Good luck with the new venture!

Sparkly Tiara said...

Ooooh - you wrote a kids cookbook? Is it on sale online anywhere? I'd love to take a look - I'm in the process of building up some kid-friendly recipes!

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

I think it's brilliant. Get onto it straight away. Create a new blog to go along with it, scope out the venues, plan the meals and run. Ideally if you could start before the new MasterChef it'd be great. I'll run a post once you're getting underway!! Good luck x

Sparkly Tiara said...

Thanks, PPMJ!

Melissa@Suger Coat It said...

Ooooo. Great idea. And my Dad has one of those spesh machines and loves his to death.

And as PPMJ said, let me know when you are under way and I'll do a post about it. Love it!

Sparkly Tiara said...

Thanks for the comments! I'm going utterly insane and feeling like I'm chasing my tail in circles trying to get a straight answer regarding legalities and whether or not this would have to take place in a registered commercial kitchen or not. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!

Nadiah said...

I just wanted to tell you that both the url and the title of your blog made me laugh - 2 laughs in as many seconds! (Yes, feeling a bit random this evening).

Anonymous said...

Sign me and my offspring up. We'd definitely come to a few classes.

goonerjamie said...

My 5 year old is mad about cooking, and normally helps me out cooking the dinner. She can name most of the herbs we grow and just invented a cheese-free pizza as I don't eat cheese. She would love somehing like this.

Flex said...

Those are brilliant ideas. I would probably want to sign-up in one of your classes.
-training and assessment

MMBB said...

That's a great idea!

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