First Aid For Children in the Kitchen

Children In The Kitchen: A Recipe For Disaster?

You soon discover with children they want to know everything; what is in the cupboards, what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and more often than not, what you’re cooking. Children in the kitchen is going to be fun and exciting but also a hazardous event. However when you know what to look out for, along with what are the most common accidents in the kitchen, then you will soon find that these common accidents can be avoided when using basic first aid.

Here are our 5 most common things to watch out for and some top tips in case you or your children are in a sticky situation! So the only thing you need to worry about is how good the food is going to taste.

SAFETY NOTE… As a parent its always good to know that you can administer basic first aid, however if its a serious injury and you are unsure about what to do in a situation, contact 999 or seek advice from a medical professional in any cases.

 

1. Pepper/Chilli Burns.

Things to watch out for: Using pepper and chilli’s in the kitchen to spice up a recipe, is exciting however once these spicy ingredients touch the eye or a small cut, the chilli’s and peppers start to burn.

Top Tips: Wear gloves or even glasses, to stop the excess spices jumping into the eyes and cover any cuts that you or your child has with a water proof plaster.

Action To Take: The child my not be able to open their eyes, as this can be very painful. The thing to do is to flush your eye out with water until they can eventually open them – this could take 5-15 minutes. Bathing the area around the eye with a wet flannel may help if the child won’t let you put water in their eyes, or using an egg cup filled with luke-warm water to ‘tip’ into the eye can be more comfortable than splashing cold water in their face – no child likes that very much!

Chilli in the eye can be pretty miserable for all involved, so this is definitely one best avoided!

For more information for kitchen mishaps, have a look at My Morning Chocolate.

2. Opening cans.

Things to watch out for:  Be careful when opening cans as the can opener could slip – opened cans will be sharp; children and adults can find it easy to slice a finger.

Top Tips: Use a magnetic can opener to avoid any slip-ups when trying to tackle those tough tin openers. The magnet holds the lid instead of you trying to handle it which can be safer for little fingers.

Action To Take: If you end up cutting yourself on a tin can, apply pressure to stop the bleeding (a clean tea towel wrapped around the affected area can work if you don’t have bandages).  Keep the hand raised above the heart and if the cut is deep or the bleeding does not cease then seek medical attention immediately.

Take a look at NHS Cuts and Grazes for treating minor cuts.

3. Peas and other objects getting stuck up the nose.

Things to watch out for: Peas do not belong up the nose, nor do any other objects. But some times these things have to be tried and test in the mind of a child. So watch out.

Top Tips: Make sure your child knows that peas belong in the mouth and not up the nose, or any other small objects. Action should be taken immediately in situation like this.

Action To Take: When this does happen try making your child sneeze. If it isn’t to far up the nose then try and pick it out with some tweezers. If all fails, its time for a visit to the hospital.

For more guidance check out the Baby Centre, which has top tips and some stories.

4. Burns.  

 Thing to watch out for: Children could get burnt in all different way, grabbing metal handles of a hot pan, touching the surrounding areas of a stove, or even touching a hot stove, and reaching out and touching hot food and drinks.

Top Tips: Keep the hot pans and food to the back burner of the stove, so little hands can’t reach out.

Action To Take: Hold the burn under cold running water and keep there to cool for about 10 minutes. Do not place the area next to ice as this can cause damage to the skin. After 10 minutes, wrap the burn up with cling film. If the burn looks serious or affects an area of skin larger than the palm of your hand – get to a hospital straight away. 

For more information visit the NHS burns and scalds page.

5. Cuts with knifes and broken glass.

 Thing to watch out for: When using knives when there are children around, extra caution should always been taken, along with broken glass in the kitchen area.

Top Tips: Always point knifes them away from you and your fingers when cutting. If a glass has been broken sweep up with a brush and put it into a separate container and warn others about the accident in case there happen to be small pieces left. Use a sponge or a small cloth to collect the small pieces left behind and remove children from the area while you are clearing up the breakage.

Action To Take:If the cut does occur hold the injured area to reduce the blood flow, reducing loss of blood, and then cover with a plaster. However if the cut appears to be deep and serious, or there is glass in the foot or hand, do not attempt to remove the object but get to a hospital straight away.

For first aid advice on cuts and bleeding visit the St Johns Ambulance page.

 

Safety Note… As a parent its always good to know that you can administer basic first aid, however if its a serious injury and you are unsure about what to do in a situation, contact 999 or seek advice from a medical professional in any situation big or small.

 

Summer Berry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Blackberries are a great ingredient to add to sweeten and excite things up, along with packing in one of your 5 a day. They are best picked towards the end of Summer until the beginning of Autumn when they are most ripe and juicy. Finding blackberries is easy, when you know what to look for. You will usually find them growing around and on bramble bushes, field hedgerows, along the borders and of course if you get seriously stuck – in Pick Your Own farms!

Here Are Some Handy Tips For Choosing That Perfect Blackberries.

  • The best berries are the ones that are off the common trail footpaths and on rougher ground, these are for the more serious pickers.
  • Be extra cautious when approaching blackberry bushes, as they are covered in thorns and you’re more than likely going to get scratched. Wearing thick gloves and long sleeves can help prevent children’s tears.
  • The darker the berry the better it is, as it will be riper tasting just right. Try not to pick blackberries when they are red as they maybe un-ripe and taste rather bitter. If the berry easily pops off as you pull it then it is nice and ripe.
  • Once picked eat them within a day or two or keep them within a cool dry place. Blackberries freeze well, so do not be afraid to freeze them if you want to save them for a rainy day. Spread a single layer of the unwashed berries on to a foil covered tray, just so they don’t stick together, and place into the freezer until solid.

Why not have a look and try out our brilliant Blackberry and White Chocolate Cupcake recipe below or visit our Top 20 Blackberry Recipes on our Pintrest board at http://pinterest.com/cookerydoodledo/blackberry-recipes/ 

Top 10 Things to Cook Before You Are 10

This year is a big year for me. Not the biggest, but certainly bigger than I am happy about. I’ve taken to looking at those anxiety inducing ‘LISTS’ that suggest bungee jumping, running a marathon, eating a scotch bonnet in the bath, swimming with otters and so on. None of this very much appeals.

I do think that at life’s milestones there are certain activities which are expected, or at least if not expected then desirable to have perfected. Cooking yourself a decent meal must rate up there with teenage boys learning to wash effectively – failure to do so can lead to all sorts of unpleasant side effects.

It is a sad fact that parents are time-poor and children are living increasingly sedentary children lives. We are bombarded with the message that children need to eat healthily. It’s no surprise that this affects their wellbeing, but arguably it also impacts their confidence, finances and sense of independence later in life.

I remember aged 12 my first attempt at cooking myself a meat-free Christmas dinner – baked beans on packet noodles. Why on earth I decided to forgo the crunchy fluffy roast potatoes, rich gravied chestnuts and honey-sweet carrots is beyond me. I imagine at this age it was more a political stand than a foodie-one!

Thankfully, my cooking skills have moved on some way now and nothing gives me greater pleasure than showing my little boy the delights of well-cooked food. I like to think that by getting him rolling fresh pasta, bashing the heck out of yeasty dough or even stirring a rich warming stew I am setting him up with one of life’s most essential skills.

So while I may never swim with otters, I will write a new, more positive list here of the skills and recipes that my little boy and I can enjoy together as he grows up.

Top 10 Things to Cook Before You Are 10

  1. Cook pasta and make a simple tomato sauce without a jar.
  2. Dress a salad…because there is nothing worse than being served a wilting, naked salad.
  3. Make a perfect cup of breakfast tea. At some point I will want pay back on all those early mornings and be brought tea in bed
  4. Bake and decorate biscuits. Ok, so it isn’t terribly healthy but imagine the happiness it will bring on Mother’s Day/ Grannies Birthday to give freshly baked goodies
  5. Make bread. It is shocking the amount of rubbish that gets added to most breads these days so show them how simple the real stuff can be. Nothing beats the homely smell and punching a kneading the dough is great therapy later in life.
  6. Learn ‘The tricks’. By this I mean the nifty ways you have learnt to peel and chop a garlic clove, de-stone an avocado or peel an egg underwater.
  7. Make soup. There are a million variations and there’s no better way to use up random veg or make a hearty meal with a few pence. An absolute must-have skill for the inevitable days when clothes, bands, booze and romantic pursuits start eating away at their finances.
  8. Try something not strictly ‘child friendly’ e.g. olive/brussel sprout
  9. Create a family pizza . Easy-peasy and a great way to explore different vegetables
  10. Make jelly. You’re only a child once after all!

Blueberry and Ricotta Muffin Recipe

View our recipe instruction video for making these delicious Blueberry and Ricotta Muffins.

PRESS RELEASE: Children Explore Mini-Beasts in Hove

PRESS RELEASE 

10th August 

Children Explore Mini-Beasts in Hove

Local children enjoyed learning about garden wildlife yesterday at the first Bug Hunter’s Fun Day organised by children’s party company Cookery Doodle Doo. Working in partnership with The Garden Café and Friends of St Ann’s Well Garden, families were able to make the most an afternoon of free bug-themed activities in the sunshine.

Armed with maps and free ‘bug kits’ children were encouraged to get mucky searching for ladybirds, snails, beetles and butterflies. Park Wardens displayed local museum exhibits and designed a quiz sheet so the children could put their knowledge to the test while also seeing some more exotic species up close.

Cookery Doodle Doo provided 200 freshly baked butterfly cookies and enough edible paint, play-dough, glitter, ‘fairy dust’ and candy floss to inspire any child!

Katie Elfer said “It’s lovely to be able to organise a free event for all the local families in this beautiful park. The children took to the bug-hunt with real enthusiasm, and we had lots of fun decorating our edible butterflies together – even if not all the sweeties made it onto their designs!”

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For more information please contact event organiser Katie Elfer:

M: Katie on 07588692955

E: info@cookerydoodledoo.net

W: www.cookerydoodledoo.com

Twitter: @cookerydoodledo

Information about the event organisers, Cookery Doodle Doo

Cookery Doodle Doo are a Brighton based company who organise cookery classes and parties for children and young people in the city. They recently presented live food shows at the Brighton Food Festival and were shortlisted for a ‘Business Mums Award’.

Launched in 2011, their unique approach to cooking utilises everything from hamster-balls to edible puppets to entertain and educate children.

More information can be found on their website:www.cookerydoodledoo.com

Gooseberry and Lavender Yoghurt Lollies

This is the time of year in Britain for juicy freshly-picked blackberries and lush sweet raspberries. Both are delicious in ice-cream or a frozen yoghurt dessert and when they are so abundant, it can be great fun grabbing the children and making an afternoon of collecting and creating these lovely iced treats.

Sadly I didn’t get to do any foraging today, other than in the local Co-Op.  Loathing the idea of paying for something so readily available practically on my doorstep this time of year, I bought instead some gorgeous tart gooseberries to try in this recipe instead.

This recipe works well with the fragrant Lavender sugar, but you could just as easily make it with regular caster sugar and a dash of vanilla.

PRESS RELEASE: Children become Bug-Hunters at New Fun Day launched by Local Companies

PRESS RELEASE 

6th August 2012


Children become Bug-Hunters at New Fun Day launched by Local Companies

Children’s party company Cookery Doodle Doo are working in partnership with local charity, Friends of St Ann’s Well Garden and The Garden Café to bring a new unique free fun-day to Hove.

The Bug Hunter’s Fun Day will be a free afternoon of family bug-themed entertainment in St Ann’s Well Garden on Thursday 9th August. Cookery Doodle Doo will be providing maps and equipment to encourage children to explore the local mini-beasts including butterflies, snails and woodlice.

After exploring the historic gardens, children can get creative decorating their own freshly-baked themed biscuits, making bug artwork and speaking to the Park Wardens about their exciting finds!

Katie Elfer, Founder of Cookery Doodle Doo said “It can be a challenge in the holidays to find new things to do with the family – especially if the weather is a bit unpredictable! The Garden Café is a cosy haven when it’ raining and perfectly located for a bug-hunting adventure in the beautiful gardens. Cookery Doodle Doo are excited to be working with the Garden Café and Friend’s of St Ann’s Well Garden to launch this free family fun day for local children.”

The Bug Hunter’s Fun Day will be held at The Garden Café in St Ann’s Well Garden on Thursday 9th August from 12-4pm

More details about this free event are available athttp://cookerydoodledoo.com/events/bugs/ or by phoning the organiser Katie Elfer on 07588692955.

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For more information please contact event organiser Katie Elfer:

M: Katie on 07588692955

E: info@cookerydoodledoo.net

W: www.cookerydoodledoo.com

Twitter: @cookerydoodledo

 

Information about the event organisers, Cookery Doodle Doo

Cookery Doodle Doo are a Brighton based company who organise cookery classes and parties for children and young people in the city. They recently presented live food shows at the Brighton Food Festival and were shortlisted for a ‘Business Mums Award’.

 

Launched in 2011, their unique approach to cooking utilises everything from hamster-balls to edible puppets to entertain and educate children.

More information can be found on their website:www.cookerydoodledoo.com