Last month we headed to London to attend the Persil Cook With The Kids blogger event to experience a fun day out with the children packed with cooking up a storm using healthy food options. The event was held in the perfectly equipped Maggie & Rose in Kensington a venue designed with children in mind, every detail has been carefully considered from the dinky little stools to the lower placed hooks for the kid’s aprons. What a fabulous venue it is and as soon as we walked in the kids were in awe of all the things to look at as well as lots of new children to chat to. Siobhan was the oldest at 15 but took it all in her stride and joined in with all the activities, she is great with kids and looked out for her little sister Lara all day.
The reason for the get together of parent bloggers and their children was to to find out more about the Persil Washing Up Liquid launch as well as letting the children get messy and cook some healthy recipes. We had the expert guidance of Fiona Faulkner, a self taught home cook, author and food writer who was on hand to instruct the kids on how to make each recipe. We also had the pleasure of making a huge food mural in the shape of an Alice In Wonderland picture in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the wonderful book. Prudence Staite was leading the food mural as it is her expertise as a food artist and all the kids really loved getting stuck in and made the mural look so colourful and the finished mural was a masterpiece.
I have to say that although my kids have a 7 year age gap (9 & 15) it was equally as exciting for them both to be involved and they both really enjoyed the day. Which surprised me with my oldest Siobhan as she is always so reluctant to help me in the kitchen, Lara on the other hand loves everything about cooking and was thrilled to be involved. Having them both there ready to get cooking and food designing coupled with the fact I knew they were both having a brilliant time was really special for me and I’m so glad I captured it all on my camera.
What The Kids Cooked On The Day
After we had been treated to some healthy refreshments and very welcome cups of coffee, it was time to get organised and start cooking. Once all the kids had been separated into two groups they began the activities which for my girls began with working with Prudence Staite to make a colourful food mural. Something that they would not usually do and they had the opportunity to get messy – so they loved it! I think the final food art piece looked great and the best thing was the girls felt so proud that they had been part of it.
We had a sumptuous healthy lunch and afterward moved on to some healthy cooking, Fiona Faulkner was patient, friendly and helpful and her relaxed manner put the kids at ease right away. They made some Cheese & Salmon Scones (with added greens) perfect for lunch boxes easy and fun to make, and tasted really good too. Once they had made the scones and had a good taste of their work the kids made Sweet Potato, Apple & Cinnamon Pancakes and considering Siobhan will not eat sweet potato as she says she doesn’t like the taste, she soon changed her mind once she gave the pancakes a taste!
On the day I even had a short interview with Kineta (from Smoking Gun PR) who was putting together a video of the day with thoughts from the parent bloggers who attended. I’m not going to lie I was quite nervous at the prospect of being on camera, but Kineta was so lovely and put me at ease right away, so a big thank you to her for being so patient! I have another post coming soon with some fabulous photo’s of the finished food mural and a video of the day too.
The aim of the Persil campaign is to reach out to families and encourage them to cook together and forge some lasting memories in the kitchen, having some fun and cooking together. If you haven’t already seen them, Persil have a range of promotional washing up liquids with the ‘Cook With The Kids’ logo on the front, if you look for the code on the back you can redeem the points (10 points per bottle) to get rewards such as baking sets, aprons, whisks and Haven holiday vouchers. Every time you enter the code you will go into a competition prize draw to win a £250.00 supermarket gift voucher so if you do buy some it’s well worth taking the time to enter. For all the details and information on how to register to enter your points just head to the Persil Dish-wash Rewards website.
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