The children tried different styles of cuisine, tasted and created their own recipes. They engaged and shared experiences with people from different countries like Cameroon, Syria, France, Spain, Srilanka, India and China.
It was like going on a world adventure without leaving England!
The Journey Firstly they set off for India, where a guest chef, Andy Tibb from Poco Culina came and showed them how to make ‘masala’, dips made from a mixture of different Indian spices. Secondly, the children then got to taste and make Srilankan food. In Eastern style, the children were also hosted in Syria by Hanan. Hanan got them to taste and make fresh Syrian food with. On the menu were: Foul and Fattoush salads including a rich pudding, LaialyAlSham (Damascus night). These were all quick to cook and healthy meals.
Finally, the children had Edufun founder Regina, from Cameroon who showed the children some typical Cameroonian food. Their favourites were ‘puff puff, plantain, guava, passion fruit and mango smoothies. They children tasted and cooked on a real tropical journey.
Language exploration and creativity
After Asia and Africa, the children travelled back to Europe to explore some of the languages they encountered including French and Spanish language. Some of the words the children enjoyed learning were ‘Namaste’, which is a formal greeting, ‘Satay’, a Malaysian dish which is meat grilled on a skewer and it also contains peanuts, and ‘paratha’ which is a type of Indian flat bread.
“Have good Practice for the Future” Lula.
As the children created their recipes and learnt new words, they also came up with many expressions. Some particular words which they invented as they moulded the ‘paratha’ dough in their hands to get it into the right temperature and shape: ‘the magic happened’, ‘mine is called Bob’, ‘mine is warm’, ‘this relieves stress’, ‘this is so good, ‘it smells like curry’. These expressions indicated how much the children were engaged and how much learning took place. In my opinion, this is vital in a world where one’s culture can sometimes be supressed. The fact that the children and their families showed genuine interest, brings hope for the future especially in terms of future opportunities for these young people. A parent expressed her child’s experience this summer with Edufun:
‘Fia has loved her time at Kid's kitchen...she always proudly explains how she has made all the different foods she brings home and enjoys sharing it with us. Along with learning languages, playing games and making friends, she has been very well cared for in a warm environment. Thank you.’
As Regina stated:
‘Summer 2018 was empowering, full of learning, creativity, appreciation of differences and curriculum support’. This is what Edufun is all about.
Edufun gives children a head start for the future.
By Lula Hureau