Ready, Steady…Cook

Some Year 6 children recently visited Hylands School to take part in the special ‘Ready Steady Cook’ event. The KS3 Coordinator at Hylands wrote to the school and said “We are pleased to say that (your pupils) were a credit to your school. All were confident, independent and enthusiastic chefs. They produced a range of different dishes and worked superbly in their team.  Please pass on our thanks and well done to the pupils involved.”

Isabelle in Redwood class wrote about the experience…

Recount – Visit to Hylands for Cooking Workshop

On Saturday 14th May, I visited Hylands Secondary School for a cooking workshop.  The workshops were offered as an opportunity for year 6 pupils to visit Hylands as part of a joint gifted and talented programme with local primary schools called HATs.  When we arrived at the school two year 10 pupils, who guided us to the Technology Department for the workshop, greeted us. The pupils were kind, helpful and told us more about the school. We got to meet the teachers there and they told us a little about Hylands.

Firstly, my group had a bag full of different fresh ingredients to use to make our dishes. They also provided us with a spare tray that we could use if we wanted to, for example butter, cinnamon and milk. Next we were told that we were going to be making a starter, main and dessert, using the ingredients that they provided us with. I decided to make:

  • Starter – Salad with white onion, red onion, red pepper, yellow pepper and tomatoes.
  • Main – Pasta with home made tomato sauce.
  • Dessert – Fruit Pie.

In order to prepare the tomato sauce, we chopped the onion and cooked it in some oil with tomato puree and some tin tomatoes. At this point, we also put the pasta on to cook for ten minutes and waited for it to go soft! To go with the main meal, I also prepared cheese sticks by twisting together pre-made puff pastry and cheese. To prepare the fruit pie, we chopped peaches, pears and grapes and added them to a pie dish. We blind baked our pastry case first and then covered the whole pie with pastry; topped with two sliced peaches.

All in all, it was a great day and opportunity for myself and other LMPS pupils. We got to visit a local secondary school, use their cooking facilities and I now am definitely going to cook more at home in the future!

Isabelle C, Redwood