Boredom busters: School holiday kids' kitchen project
If you’re under 15 read on — grown-ups, this is not for you. This is a kids-only kitchen project that involves sugar, food colouring and tasty things to eat. You’ve completed this year’s first term, it’s time for a treat and something you’ve made yourself comes with lots more rewards. Offer to make Mum and Dad something for dinner at the same time and they’re sure to allow a sugary treat — just be sure to share them around.
Popping corn at home is brilliant fun — I’m not talking in a paper bag in the microwave, but in a pot, in oil. This method heats the oil to the correct temperature, then by waiting 30 seconds brings all the kernels to a nearpopping temperature so when it goes back on the heat, they all pop at the same time producing an incredibly good sound. Adding your own colours to glaze the popcorn is fun and will help you understand how to handle food colour with respect.
After all the fun sugary stuff, it might be nice to make something sensible, a little healthy and a bit of a treat for Mum, Aunty, Grandpa, Grandma or your little sister or brother. They are awesome for the lunchbox too.
There are two really good things about this recipe — you use up the bananas from the fruit bowl that you no longer want to eat because they are too ripe and you get to eat chocolate cake with a buttercream icing that is to die for.