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whiz bang ing. for 11 year old

post #1 of 16
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I'm giving private cooking lessons to an 11 year old "on the spectrum" which essentially means he needs lots of attention.....
Last week I took 2# of dry ice to keep the ice cream maker frozen, but let him play with the smoking liquid.
We made pesto, tomato salald, mango sorbet and mango smoothie......

Any suggestions for alittle food science that an 11 year old boy would be enthralled with?
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post #2 of 16
Well, my grandson really enjoys it when we take one of Grandma's empty wine bottles, pour some cheap shampoo in it, a splash of vinager and some baking soda and put the cork back in it. It starts to foam and blows the cork out the top so it bounces off the ceiling, and then foams over.

I love watching him and seeing how much he enjoys it, but I had no sense of humor about it when my kids were little.

I suppose you wanted something a little less explosive?
post #3 of 16
I don't know if this helps?
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post #4 of 16
Dough! Kids love to play with all types of dough. How about Garde Manger techniques like Chaud foid. Then there's edible garnishes like the Bird of Paradise, rutabaga daisys, tomato roses, carrot palm trees, etc, etc, etc. Well maybe the Chaud Foid is too complicated but it and garnishes are a starting point. Knife skills. Some may say or think that knife skills may be beyond the maturity of an 11yo but..... you may be surprised. That's about when I was introduced. There's emulsification of oils and eggs and/or vinegars (ie how to make mayo's and Vinaigrettes). How about stabilizing technique for egg whites and making meringues for decoration. Souffle's always a crowd pleaser for kids. Shows some patience in the kitchen too.

But above all one important thing is respect for all things in the kitchen!:)
post #5 of 16
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wow, Andy not sure what brought on those comments, stupid is an ugly word and as to respecting peoples' strengths and weaknesses I hope you'll read back alittle further in the archives......I've been designing and teaching cooking classes/camps for children for numerous years. My three sons learned to cook as soon as they possibly could (actually getting down all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies at 18 months)....my 18 year old was diagnosed at 3 with atypical PDD and deemed uneducable by the educational system....but could make apple strudel at 4, invent 7 step dishes at 6, had his own set of knives....so I trully get that appearances may be decieving. "on the spectrum" is a short cut term that covers alot of ground, I thought it an important adjective to use.....most 11 year old boys need stimulus and alot of activity, Alex needs more finessing.
James' (my youngest son) favorite cookbook is the Pastry Professional tome....you can break down any recipe into parts and it's got lots of pictures of fancy desserts. :)

NowIamone....I'm thinkin' explosions are not good in someone else's kitchen.

Oldschool...brilliant!!!! souffles, emulsions, meragines.....eggs are wonderful play toys aren't they. He uses kitchen knives...they are dull and he has all his digits but scares me with his flat fingers hanging out in line of the blade....that may be the next class. I hesitate veg/fruit carving. His family may never see a whole apple again if I start with swans....
the obstinant compulsion part is what makes Alex not within society's mainstream so I'll take care not to provide too many attractive nuisances that will cause him problems....cooking should be fun and if your family is ticked because they have little bits of veg./fruit and nothing is left whole for months.......
here are some more 11 year old appropriate things:
molding chocolate cups on balloons or in bags....
wonton wrappers filled or made into cups....
fillo dough, always a good class
Lavosh or yeast doughs good too.
he loves lasagna from a certain restaurant

Now to keep his mother (visiting father/grandmother) from correcting him as we cook.....that too is the next conversation. Who wants to do anything when everything you do is scrutinized and critiqued? They are in a viscious cycle....

Thanks Kuan, hi to Garrett. :)
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post #6 of 16
Shroom, what about choux paste piped out of pastry bags? Almost as much fun as playing in the mud.
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post #7 of 16
I withdrew my posts--I may have taken something wrong in the past and if I did I apologize sincerely.
post #8 of 16
Shroom,

I forgot to mention the science about the dough. Yeast and how it interacts and reacts with, heat, flour, salt and sugars. As you well know all have their place in successful baking. Show what happens when over mixed, under mixed, when salt is added directly to the yeast bloom, yadda, yadda, yadda.
post #9 of 16
- making parmesan biscuits
- to go with your chocolate painting - paint it on some leaves e.g. vine leaves to make edible decorations
- sugar frosted violets etc
- making cups out of tortillas - spray with oil, tuck into muffin tray, bake for 10 mins to make a holder for foods
- spun sugar
- slushies (no kids I know can resist them - but it sounds to basic - anyhow :) )
- "spiders" - cola with icecream (too simple probably also)
- crunchy honeycomb (like in the middle of chocolate bars)
- make caramel/ caramel brulees


i like nowIamone's idea - could you do it outside so as to save their ceiling?

Sounds like great fun!

DC
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post #10 of 16
I started cooking at a very young age and by the time I was 8 or 9 I was inventing my own recipes and cooking on my own... One of my favourite recipes when I was about 10 or 11, was bread pudding. I think that is a good beginners recipe for kids... Another good recipe for kids are Rock Cakes... There is a link for you for the Rock Cakes, and I would post my favourite recipe of bread pudding, but I am not at home at the moment and I haven't finished adding all my recipes to my laptop yet.

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post #11 of 16
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thanks guys.....all great suggestions.

the last two classes have been 2 hours.....

pate choux is one of my son's favorite things to make....what's not to love?
eclairs are yummmmm.......

It's been a few years since I've taught culinary intensive camp.....10 days/3 hours of cooking with 12-15 year olds (pretty sure that was the age spread,may have been 11-15).....I've never been so worn out teaching in my life.
We did make ice creams, using ratios and making our own flavors.....seems like we made chocolate numerous times to get the tastiest version...:)
we did work with eggs....eggs are amazing things.
Asian ingrediants...wontons, crab rangoons, fresh spring rolls, rice noodle salad.....
one of my buddies is a pastry chef, he did ice/chocolate molds...balloon cups, etc....
a food writer/reviewer told the kids how he reviewed restaurants, Very illuminating.
we visited a friend's restaurant in walking distance to get a tour and talk about what it's like to own a restaurant that buys local food.
oh, fillo dough day....how many shapes and fillings can you imangine? yep, boy howdy that was a day.
First class was not every tomato is the same....we tasted a dozen tomato varieties, oils, vinegars, sweetners.....develop that palate and break any preconceptions......

Inner City fourth graders were a blast.....we made one thing a week for 10 weeks, I learned so much working with these kids.

Oldschool, I very much got my inspiration from Julia Childs....mistakes are just opportunities to learn.
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post #12 of 16

pancakes

  • Scots or amercan pancakes are so adaptable to sweet and savoury ideas.
  • Make abatch of both and go wild with the variations
  • Had 3 sons at that age and it worked a treat
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post #13 of 16
I hope that shroom forgave me for what I said before--now I realize she is really on my side (I am on the autism "spectrum"). She is a sweetie. Sorry for what I said, was a mistake.
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forgiven and forgotten...thanks Andy.
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Good post send!
post #16 of 16
Shroomgirl, proud of you! Sad to hear but proud for 18 yrs old!

Kids like to build, you might wanna try "elevated" preparations like fried vermicelli, waffle "house" with syrup "plumbing", spiral kabobs. More, colorful risottos -you can make most flags. Collagen/Gelatin transformation. Homogenization/Separation examples.

Good luck!

C
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