Mushroom Crate Gardens
In 2008 the Chelsea Award winnning nursery The Cottage Herbery joined in a schools and families project in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
The town of Tenbury was celebrating its 150th Annual Show. Schools, children's centres and community groups worked together to create all kinds of wonderful things for the show.
Several primary schools in the area took part in a growing project with Kim Hurst from The Cottage Herbery, to create mini gardens in mushroom crates - the holed plastic crates which greengrocers use to stack mushrooms and other veg which need air.
The gardens were displayed at the 150th Show in August and produce from the edible plants were sold there.
Salad Dressing in a Jar The easiest way for children to learn to make a salad dressing is to assemble the ingredients in a jar and give it a really good shake. Dressings need a really good mix in order to emulsify, and shaking it is quite a good way to do that without getting an achey arm whisking or splashing everywhere. This video version from Look and Taste Tips youtube channel is a mustard one (because it was made to give a great tip about using up the last sc...
Celery Stalk Rose Prints This is a lovely idea I saw on Maureen Cracknell's Homemade site. It's a cute thing to do next time you have a recipe which needs a whole head of celery in one go and therefore you cut off the stump rather than peeling individual stalks, or you can do the same with a head of crunchy lettuce. So next time you have one of those recipes, get your paints out and let your kids make some pretty art or some greetings cards. The original is h...
Egg Herb Garden This is a fun way to grow a small herb garden, which would make a sweet gift from a child to a cook in their family. The infographic below shows you all the steps you need to know, the main thing is to take the top off carefully so you may want to help children with this or take the top off before they get started. Large plants will obviously need transplanting - this one features a tomato which would need potting on. But chives, basil, thyme, parsley,...
Bird's Nest Easter Cakes Every childhood should include making an Easter egg nest cake, and there are various traditional versions using shredded wheat, cornflakes and other breakfast cereals. We found this version on Oscar's Lunch youtube channel- it is a cute little time lapse video running you through the steps to make it in less than a minute. There is also a proper recipe and instructions over on the delightful Oscar's Lunch blog, which you can find here....