L9 Cooking

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Aim: To help develop cooking skills and their practical application. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Life Skills Project L-9


Taster 1
• Bible recipe cake’ template
• Various ingredients, e.g.
— Salmon
— Cinnamon
— Pomegranate
— Avocado
— Sesame seeds
— Banana
— Tomato puree
— Yeast
— Leek
— Spring onions
— Couscous
— Garlic
— Parsnip
— Lime
— Lemon grass
— Pork
— Chicken
— Broad beans
— Runner beans

Taster 2
• £5 per pair
• Cooking facilities
• Cooking utensils
• Local supermarket

Taster 3
• Cooking ingredients
• Cooking facilities
• Cooking utensils

Christian Faith
• Bible KJV
• 1 cup butter
• 3 cups sugar
• 5 eggs
• 3 cups sifted flour
• 3 teaspoons salt
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon spices
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3/4 cup chopped almonds
• 3/4 cup finely cut figs
• 3/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup water
• 10 inch tube pan
• Sharp knife
• Mixing bowl
• Measuring cup
• Skillet

• Cooking ingredients
• Cooking facilities
• Cooking utensils
• Decorative items
• Computer
• Flip chart pad & pens


Taster 1 - Name That Food

Aim: To identify different types of ingredients useful in cooking.

How many times have we all said those famous words "I don’t like that” without ever trying the food. Without wanting to sound like a nagging parent, give it a try!

• Place various ingredients on a table next to a letter or number that identifies the different ingredients.

• Get the group to individually wander around the room, and to then touch, smell and taste the ingredients in order to identify’ what they are.

• On a piece of paper get the group to write next to the identifying number or letter the name of the ingredient.

• Finally ask them to come up with a dish where it is used.

• Go through the answers awarding one point for each correct answer and a further one if they name a correct dish. Give a bonus point if only one member of the group identifies the ingredient or if a unique dish is correctly named.

Give yourself a bit of time beforehand to identify which foods you want and where you can get hold of them.

Tips / Advice:
• Make sure that you have a variety of challenges.
• Make sure you use ingredients that the group will realistically cook with.
• Think about whether the ingredients are in season.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Make sure that food which can and cannot be eaten is clearly identified.
• Check whether anyone has any food allergies and if so take appropriate precautions.

Taster 2 - Ready Steady Cook

Aim: To cook on a budget

Ready Steady Cook is a TV cooking programme. Two members of the public, provide two celebrity chefs with a bag of ingredients they have bought, usually to a set budget of £5. The two teams are designated ‘red tomato” and “green pepper’.

• Tell the group that their challenge for the evening is to make a two course meal within a £5 budget.
• Give the group time to get into pairs, and then think about what they are going to make.
• Take the pairs to the local supermarket and give them £5.
• Instruct the group to meet at a predetermined place in fifteen minutes.
• Give the group 45 minutes to cook and serve their two course meal.
• Arrange a taste test where everyone can sample each other’s meals.

• identify where your nearest supermarket is and how you will get your young people to it OR provide a range of ingredients.
• Think about who is going to pay the £5.

Tips / Advice:
• Have a selection of recipe books or recipes printed from the Internet available to look at for inspiration.
• On the SBC website there is a recipe finder function that allows you to search recipes by ingredients (www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes).
• You might like to add a twist, by instructing the groups to swap ingredients.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Ensure that food safety standards are maintained.

Taster 3 - Food Heaven, Food Hell.

Aim: To try new recipes

The TV show Saturday Kitchen has a segment called “Food Heaven or Food Hell, where viewers decide whether a celebrity guest should get the food they really like or really hate cooked for them.

• Having identified dishes that an individual does not like or has refused to try, set their partner the challenge of cooking that food to a standard that is liked by the individual.

• Give the group some time to think about and research how they are going to cook the dish.

• Tell the group that they have 45 minutes to complete the task.

• Get each member of the group to taste the dish they thought they wouldn’t like and see if they have changed their opinion.

• In the previous week to the activity identify a dish that an individual does not like.
• Have a selection of ingredients available that will be necessary to cook that dish.

Tips / Advice:
• Have a selection of recipe books or recipes printed from the internet available to look at for inspiration.
• On the BBC website there is a recipe finder function that allows you to search recipes by ingredients (www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes).

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Ensure that food safety standards are maintained.

Christian Faith - Bible Cake

Aim: To understand what the Bible is like

Get the group to decipher the recipe shown on the BibIe Recipe Cake” template.

The answers are shown below:
• Genesis 18:8 “And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them.’
• Jeremiah 6:20 “To what purpose cometh there to me frankincense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country.” (Sugar)
• Isaiah 10:4 “And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the peoples; and as one gathered eggs that are forsaken, have I gathered the earth.”
• Leviticus 24:5 “And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof.”
• 2 Kings 2:20 “And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein.”
• Amos 4:5 “And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim free will offerings and publish them.” (Baking Powder)
• Exodus 30:23 “Take thou also, unto thee the chief spices; of flowering myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half as much.”
• 2 Chronicles 9:9 “And she gave the King a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and spices in great abundance.”
• Judges 4:19 “And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk and gave him drink.”
• Genesis 43:11 “Carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and myrrh, nuts and almonds.”
• Jeremiah 24:5 “Thou saith Jehovah. God of Israel: like these good figs, so will I regard the captives of Judah whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans, for good.”
• 2 Samuel 16:1 “And when David was a little past the top of the assent, behold, Ziba, the servant of Mephiboseth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred clusters of raisins.
• Genesis 24:45 “And before I had done speaking in my heart, behold Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the fountain, and drew: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.” (Water).

Read out 2 Timothy 3:16.

Think about:
• Is the Bible more like a rule book, a set of instructions that might come with a new oven, or like a recipe?
• What does it mean to be inspired by God?
• Does anyone read the Bible? Why? How has it helped them.

Ensure you have all the ingredients in enough measure.

Tips / Advice:
• In order to follow this recipe you must use a KJV Bible.
• The F(JV Bible fits this activity well, but normally it is best to use a more appropriate translation that is accessible to young people.
• Be prepared for some challenging discussions!
• You could lay the ingredients out and match them to the clues.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Ensure that food safety standards are maintained.
• Check for food allergies.

Project - Hell's Kitchen

Aim: To plan, prepare, and cook a meal for over 10 people

Project Description:
As a group you need to plan a meal for over ten people. This could be a meal for...
• The BB group
• Parents as a fundraiser
• A Church event e.g. alpha
• Valentines day
• Christmas meal
• Themed evening e.g. Mexican night

Think about:
• What is your event?
• What are all the different things you will need to plan over the coming weeks?
• What tasks need to be assigned?
• What is the time line for what needs to be achieved, by whom and when?
• Do you need to advertise the event?
• Are you going to decorate the room?
• Who’s going to create a menu and invitations?
• Can you book the premises?
• What are you going to cook?
• How are you going to cook it? Produce a plan to place on the kitchen wall.
• What ingredients do you need?

Tips / Advice:
• You could use this activity to raise funds for a special cause.
• When you’ve completed the project don’t forget to review what you did, how it went, and what you got out of it.

Safety Issues I Risk Assessment:
• Ensure that food safety standards are maintained.
• It’s best practice to have someone with a food safety certificate involved in the cooking.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Life Skills Project L-9


  • challenge Plus
  • cooking
  • seniors

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