Scottish parents are by far the most enthusiastic about cooking with their
children a new survey has revealed. The telephone survey was carried out
in Scotland, Wales and England on behalf of Kingsmill Whole White ( the
only white bread available baked with one third wholemeal flour ) to
coincide with the launch of a new cookery book "Creative Cooking With
Kids", written by leading children's cookery writer Annabel Karmel and
produced by Kingsmill.For your free copy of "Creative Cooking for
Children" please write to :- PO Box 3007, 69 Monmouth Street, London WC2H
The cookery book features 18 fun packed pages filled with exciting recipe
suggestions for 'Summer Fun', 'Winter Warmers', 'Lunchbox Delights' and
'Festive Favourites' - which are promised to provide hours of amusement
throughout the year for bairns and parents to enjoy!
The independent research was carried out by Prescient during March 2002
and parents of 4-10 year old bairns were questioned. In answer to the
question - "What would you say are the benefits to the child of cooking
with a parent? - the Scottish top 5 responses were :-
Encourage them to cook in later life 90%
Spend time with their family 23%
Teaches them to follow instructions 37%
It's fun 13%
Gives them confidence/independence 13%
Unfortunately traditional Scottish fare doesn't seem to rank high in the
list of Scottish bairns favourites as the research reveals that their top
5 favourite foods are :-
Meat Dish 13%
Chicken Nuggets 12%
Spagetti Bolognese 8%
Hopefully 'Meat Dishes' includes the traditional Scottish favourite of
steak pie - or indeed mince and tatties!
It is encouraging however that Scottish parents not only topped the poll
but seem determined to turn away from convenience foods that can be cooked
in the microwave - only 6% said that they preferred that alternative to
traditional methods. This weeks recipe - Sunshine Toast - is one that
children will enjoy making with their parents and is recommended by the
Wallace sisters, 7 year old Kenzie and 5 year old Caitlin, who taught it
to their granda - the SI's own Peter Wright!
You will need: 1 slice of bread; margarine; 1 medium or small egg; large
cutter; baking tray
Heat the oven to gas mark 6, 200 deg c, 400 deg F
Step 1 Dip a piece of kitchen paper into some margarine and rub it all
over a baking tray.
Step 2 Spread margarine on one side of the bread. Press the cutter hard
in the middle of the bread.
Step 3 Lift out the shape you have cut. Lay the bread on the tray, with
the margarine up.
Step 4 Break the egg onto a saucer. Carefully slide the egg into the hole
you have cut.
Step 5 Bake for seven minutes on the top shelf of an oven, or for a
little longer if you don't like a runny yolk.
Step 6 Lift the pieces of bread carefully off the tray. Eat it while it
And be like Kenzie and Caitlin always wash up afterwards!