With most children now at home after the closure of schools – as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic precautions – many parents are at a loss as to how to keep them busy and entertained without resorting to plonking them in front of the TV all day.
Well, how about getting them cooking and baking in the kitchen? According to a recent article in The New York Times, cooking is a way to talk to youngsters about health, healthy ingredients and healthy eating. It can also bring families closer together.
Donna Verrydt, organiser of the children’s national cooking competition taste Bud Battle, says: “Getting kids in the kitchen provides them with practical experience with many essential skills, and cooking as a family brings everyone together and creates a bonding experience.”
So what other benefits are there to cooking and baking with your kids in the kitchen?
Indeed, some of last year’s Taste Bud Battle entrants are back for more, bolstered by confidence and instilled with a newfound love for getting creative in the kitchen. All of them with the support of their parents and other family members.
The theme for this year’s Taste Bud Battle is Fruity Fun which means the creative options are endless. Entrants can bake with fruit, cook a savoury dish using fruit or even make a dish that just looks like a fruit. Dishes can focus on just one fruit or feature a medley of fruits and fruit can be the actual dish, the accompaniment or the sauce! And remember, some produce that you may think of as a vegetable, may actually be a fruit such as pumpkin, butternut, chilli, capsicum, cucumber, tomato, olives, aubergine, sweetcorn, avocado and green beans!
Entry for Taste Bud battle 2020 is now open, with four age categories available this year: pre-primary (four- and five-year olds); junior primary (aged six to nine); primary (10 to 13) and high-school (14 to 19). Full details on how to enter, and stand a chance of winning prizes of over R50 000, are available on the Taste Bud Battle website at www.tastebudbattle.co.za.
Taste Bud Battle sponsors include Capsicum Culinary Studio, Snowflake, Cresta Shopping Centre and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre with more to be announced soon.
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