Cookery Doodle Doo on BBC Radio!

This afternoon Cookery Doodle Doo’s Katie Elfer and Shoshana Plail from spoke about last weekends fantastic turnout at the Brighton Food Festival on BBC Sussex radio.

You can listen to the interview here

Cookery Doodle Do were thrilled to take part in the Brighton Food Festival this April. Hundreds of children from Brighton & Hove and further afield took part in the free event which included children’s food workshops and drop-in “Food Bravery” challenges at the Brighton Dome. All activities were based on the Brighton & Hove Children’s Festival theme of Bravery and Courage.

Super Tongue Challenge!

Katie Elfer, founder of Cookery Doodle Doo led the Super Tongue Challenge workshop. “in the workshops we talked about the 5 different tastes – sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. The children bravely agreed to be blindfolded and have different foods placed in their mouths including pepper, cheese, powdered blackcurrants, tonic water and popping candy. We looked at the theory of the tongue ‘taste-map’ and some of the scientific reasons (ah hem..excuses!) why children prefer sweeties to broccoli – it’s all about evolution of course! The children then used their knowledge and took turns to sort toy groceries into ‘taste’ fishing nets.  The children were all so enthusiastic and up for the activities – I was really impressed.”

Live Food Show – Popcorn Master Class

Katie and Becca showed children and parents how to make some unusual popcorn flavours, such as cheese and marmite, and cherry with chocolate.

Becca’s popcorn hat (a cowboy hat with caramel popcorn stuck to it in an oh-so stylish way!) was a success with the kids.

We made all different flavoured popcorn over the day including:

  • Banana Custard
  • Marmite and Cheese
  • White Chocolate and Cherry
  • Cadbury’s Creme Egg
  • Toffee Double-Popping Popping Candy
  • Fizzy Popping Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

The children got involved in the show and got to try some very strange kitchen equipment too – using hairdryers to melt chocolate and shaking in a hamster ball to mix the flavours! Needless to say, the kids had lots of  fun and the samples didn’t last long.

If you didn’t make it along – don’t worry. The Food Festival is back in September with a special children’s area so keep an eye out for our workshops and shows!


Mango and Coconut Lollies

What fab weather we are having this week! Maybe just a bit too dark too early for a proper evening BBQ on the beach but a lolly can certainly be a yummy after dinner treat!

I first made these visiting family in Oz when we found some spare mangos in the back of the fridge. They are full of fruit and perfect to cool off in the late September sunshine.