Suggested Cooking course for Duke of Edinburgh
How it works
Children for the “Life Skill” section of the Bronze and Silver are expected to do one hour a week or two hours every two weeks. We do three hours every three to five weeks, which allowed for rugby matches, swimming galas etc. Each session actually lasted between 2 ¾ hours and 3 ¼ hours, with a fair amount of running around, and the children were utterly flaked at the end.
The children were actively involved in all the cooking, but they were not necessarily responsible for the whole of every dish. They ate what they produced and are expected to practice something at home. Photographic evidence required and possibly parental feedback required!! Parents to be invited to the end of the last session so that the children can serve them what they have cooked.
Cost per head is £160. Ideally there will be 6 teenagers in total.
We find that Sunday afternoons have worked best because it suited the children’s activities best. I am open to other suggestions. Saturday mornings could work as well…..
A discussion on different cuts of meat and what they mean to the cook
How to cook a steak
How to make lovely herb butters
Mashed and Smashed Beef stew
Bolognese: how not to taste like school mince and what to do with it
(Cannelloni / lasagne / shepherds pie)
One egg dish (scramble, boil, fry, omelette)
The difference between the labels when buying a chicken
Roasting a chicken
Thai Chicken Curry
Chicken chorizo casserole
Chicken stock and what to do with it – soup
One egg dish and a pudding (crumble and custard?)
A discussion about the principles of cooking fish.
Steamed cod / seabass with ginger and spring onions
One egg dish / pudding (meringues?)
Compare / contrast different types of pasta and talk about why you use one type or another for various sauces.
The boys can make their own bolognese (proving that they can)
Crème brulee (with a flame thrower)