The little chefs

Anukriti Sharma
Friday, 7 July 2017

Kids have forgotten the connection between nature and food since their focus is constantly on processed food.

A fun workshop for kids who can try their hand at cooking is coming up at 212 Junior.

Ever wondered how to draw kids into easy cooking and divert their attention from mobile phones and iPads? In fact, you can also teach them how to prepare their own healthy sandwiches instead of munching on chips and burgers. Arina Suchde is organising a workshop to solve all these queries through a fun-filled session at 212 Junior, Phoenix MarketCity, Viman Nagar, this Sunday.

Talking about the workshop, Suchde says, “It is a fun workshop for kids who can try their hand at cooking and learn what goes into making dishes. I will explain to them how to make butter in the old-fashioned way or instant ice-cream without freezer. Kids can also learn how to make fizzy cold drinks without adding preservatives. This will be a fun activity where kids can use their own imagination, dance around and cook.”

She also says that even with kids’ addiction towards junk, she will be teaching healthy versions of those edibles. “We will be preparing healthy versions of all the foods because kids are addictive to junk food anyway.

This will be an interactive session where they can still prepare food on the same lines but a healthy and natural version of it,” she says.
The ingredients that they will be using are easily available.

Suchde explains, “Kids love everything colourful. In fact, nowadays, on their play dates, kids prefer baking, decorating cookies and much more. So parents can take the effort and help them indulge in something creative like this where they can bake muffins while the kids can decorate them with ice frosting or bake their own version of pizza with the kids rolling out the dough.

Whatever I will be teaching the kids at the workshop, they can easily go back home and prepare them since the ingredients are easily available in general stores and are not complicated. This is a good way of diverting the mind of these youngsters who are so engrossed in their iPads and mobile phones otherwise. They have forgotten the connection between nature and food since their focus is constantly on processed food.”

She further says that artificial colours that are added in processed foods act like slow poison. So ideally you should go for natural colours. 
Suchde says, “People can improvise with beetroot juice and mix it with wheat dough to prepare pink rotis or prepare green pasta with spinach.

To create orange food, add carrot puree in the food. All these innovations require a little bit of research and effort from the parents’ end.”

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Magic with Food at 212 Junior, lower ground floor, July 9, 11 am-1 pm

 

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