Sugar - sauces, desserts, jams and all things sweet were on the menu at the Meadows Children Family Wing. This was because TWI chef Nigel Tumber took his cookery workshop to the Cambridge-based children's charity this week.
Working with two groups of enthusiastic children from the Meadows' after school club, Nigel talked about the history of sugar and how it can be processed while he span it and made a large selection of goodies for the children to taste. Making the subject fun and completely hands-on, Nigel had no shortage of volunteers as he invited the children to join him in making sweet treats including caramel sauces, caramel puddings and lollies, sugar canes and rustic candy floss.
Nigel certainly stirred up interest among the children and is inspiring another generation of culinary experts with one of them saying 'I want to be a chef when I grow up'.
With an educational message to his workshop, Nigel also picked out everyday products from his demonstration box for the children to discuss; explaining how the sugars we make or that we find in the goods we buy can be both good and bad for our health.
Nigel has also been invited back to the community to run a Risotto evening, focusing on turning a basic homemade tomato puree into a full and vibrantly flavoured sauce for the dish. He will run this workshop for the Girl Guides.
The Meadows Children and Family Wing is a longstanding charity, supporting local families with babies, pre-school children and young people up to the age of 11. The centre has been working since 1997 in North Cambridge, with families from Kings Hedges, Arbury, Orchard Park and Kings Meadow providing a range of services to meet the identified needs of local families.� It provides preventative help, early intervention, signposting and family support.
For more information please visit the Meadows Children and Family Wing website or contact Nigel Tumber.