Young cooks learn from rural experts

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Photo: Samantha Nieman, 8, puts the finishing touches to the macaroni cheese created by herself, her brother Jesse, 10, and Rural Women member Jean Letham.

By Mick Jensen

Demand exceeded supply at another successful school holiday cooking day run by Mid Canterbury Rural Women.

Twenty eight youngsters, aged between eight and 12 years, paired up to work with 14 experienced rural cooks at the cook and eat session held in the food technology room at Ashburton College.

Places filled fast on the free programme, which was funded by Ashburton council, and there was a final waiting list of 12.

The food menu included banana and chocolate chip muffins for morning tea, macaroni cheese, carrot coleslaw and layered parfait for lunch and decorated cup cakes for afternoon tea.

Youngsters were given a brief lesson in food hygiene and food preparation and as each dish was made, they washed up and prepared for the course.

Mid Canterbury Rural Woman Trish Small, one of the organisers, said her team of volunteers had thoroughly enjoyed the day and interaction with the youngsters.

The young chefs had been enthusiastic, listened well and had good manners.

There had been a good rapport between students and Rural Women members, said Mrs Small.

There were six boys and 22 girls at the Cook and Eat Class, which ran for the first time last year.

Youngsters took away any left over goodies, as well as a printed recipe book of what they created on the day.