During the school holidays, Jack and I were invited to Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School. We were going to learn how to make and cook Moroccan Style Meatballs. It isn’t very often we get to spend time together so for us it was going to be extra special. When I told Jack that our day out would involve a train journey and it was being held in London, he became super excited and couldn’t wait!
After a pretty uneventful train and tube journey, we arrived at Shepard’s Bush just in time for our class. We were both given aprons to wear and we spent some time mingling with other bloggers and their children. When everybody had arrived we were introduced to Jack and Frankie, they were going to be showing us how to cook our dish.
The focus of today’s lesson was the children, we wanted them to produce a healthy balanced meal. Both Jack and Frankie made the short lesson really fun and interesting and you could certainly see some of the Jamie Oliver influence. Well, it is his cooking school after all. When we walked into the main cooking area, each activity station was prepped and ready to go. Each of the ingredients were already measured and waiting for us to use. Frankie also introduced us to the Hotpoint Induction Hobs which we would be using. I loved how quickly they heated and cooled. There was also a great safety feature which meant if the frying pan came off the hob it would automatically turn off. Although we weren’t using the ovens Frankie and Jack both mentioned how great they were.
Moroccan Style Meatballs
Jack doesn’t like getting his hands messy, so making the meatballs was my job. I picked up some great tips such as making sure the meatballs were compact. It meant they wouldn’t break apart as easily when putting them in the frying pan. The other tip I also picked up was NOT to keep stirring them. Every time you stir the meatballs (or other food items in a frying pan) you are letting the cool air in meaning it takes longer to cook.
Jack loved the pestle and mortar, so much I am thinking of buying him one for his birthday. He had fun grinding everything together into a paste, I could have probably left him all day doing that.
One of the highlights from the cooking experience was showing Jack how everything is adaptable. Recipes can be changed and ingredients can be altered. He decided to keep the Olives, Sundried tomatoes and chickpeas, he then learnt he doesn’t actually like olives. Still, he was proud of himself for trying them all and he LOVED the meatballs!
Win with Hotpoint
Children aged 13 and under are being encouraged to share their favourite healthy recipes. It should include –
- no added sugars
The emphasis on the competition is healthy eating so no sweet treats, cakes or desserts. The healthier the better. Check out here for more information on how to enter.
The prizes up for grabs are –
1st prize – Hotpoint oven and a family trip to Warner Bros.Studio Tour London – The Harry Potter Tour
Runners-up – 4x £50 Currys PC world vouchers
*We were invited to Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School to learn how to make Moroccan Style Meatballs