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A Crazy Cooking Poem for Kids

A box of melted crayons.
A cup of Elmer’s glue.
A pint of watercolor paint.
Some Silly Putty too.

A half a pound of Play-Doh.
About a pint of paste.
A tablespoon of flubber
to improve the final taste.

I looked through all the cupboards
for things I could include.
If it was marked “Non-Toxic”
I just figured that meant “food.”

To guarantee it’s healthy
I topped it with a beet.
Then smashed it all together
so it should be good to eat.

I’m hoping that you’ll try it
and tell me what you think.
Just close your eyes and open wide
and nevermind the stink.

–Kenn Nesbitt


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The Goops – they lick their fingers,
and the Goops – they lick their knives!
They spill their broth on the tablecloth –
Oh they lead disgusting lives.
They often talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew –
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop – are you?

Gelett Burgess:

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The Old Ice Cream Man


There once was an old ice cream man
who thought he had a brilliant plan.
To increase his money,
he’d also sell honey.
But the kids saw the bees, and ran!

by Dessa Lim 

Sly Slick

ice cream dog

A girl eating ice cream got tricked
by her own sneaky dog named Slick.
When she wasn’t looking,
Sly Slick started licking,
Then all that was left was the stick.

by Dessa Lim 

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Grilling is the quintessential summertime family activity. Just mentioning a BBQ conjures up visions of grassy parks, coolers with sodas, and a fiery range covered with delicious cooked meats and veggies.

It’s important to be aware of the inherent risks that come with barbequing, especially when children are involved.

Children are inherently interested in cooking and food. The process is mysterious to them, so take the opportunity to educate them about safe barbequing. Energetic and growing youngsters are inclined to be eager to eat aromatic delicacies grilling on the BBQ.

Kids are the most vulnerable to being injured by a barbeque. Not all accidents can be avoided, but this guide will provide suggestions to keep your little ones safe so accidents are at least less likely. You’ll also get some fun grilling ideas that you can do with your children.

Give Them a Grill Tutorial


Embrace children’s natural curiosity about cooking! While still turned off, show them the BBQ and explain how it works. A short tutorial will go a long way in curbing curiosity once the actual cooking has begun. Show them:

  • Stop Drop and Roll: Show kids the standard procedure if their clothing was to catch on fire. Stopping, dropping to the ground, and rolling is the tried and true technique, and could save their life one day should fire get out of control.
  • Heating: Demonstrate how to turn on a gas barbeque and how to adjust the flame. Let kids help arrange charcoal briquettes in a charcoal BBQ, like building with blocks.
  • Food Prep: Food must undergo a fair amount of prep before it can be grilled away on the barbeque. Show your children the steps, marinating meat, skewering kabobs, wrapping potatoes or corn in aluminum foil. Showing children these steps involves them in barbequing and enhances their knowledge about cooking.


Avoiding Sharp Edges

Surprisingly, a large portion of barbeque related injuries come from being cut or scratched by the BBQ itself. Tissue wounds are the second most common injury for children, after burns. Barbeques are bulky machines mostly made of metal. Also, spatulas, metal brushes, skewers, tongs, and other barbequing tools are sharp and can cause scrapes. Be aware of jagged edges, pointy protrusions, and anything that a child-size person could bump their head on. It might even be worth it to “baby-proof” any part of the BBQ grill that seems particularly sharp with a piece of masking tape. Place metal grilling tools out of reach, preferably on a solid surface.

Safety Zone with Chalk


To be completely safe, kids shouldn’t be anywhere near the barbeque once it’s turned on. Beforehand, why not have your kids draw a border on the pavement with chalk around the BBQ area? They can draw in a safety zone, which no one should enter while the adults are grilling. Making it into a creative game will make the experience fun!

Fun Kid Friendly Foods

Think of barbequing as a way to expand your children’s culinary horizons and enhance their palette. Instilling kids with a sense that they can make tasty, healthy food at home will go a long way for their health. Those who prepare their own foods avoid the pitfalls of fast-food and takeout: excess fat and calories, low nutritional value, and expensive prices.


Some BBQ grilling ideas ideal for kids:

  • Stoplight Shish-kabobs: After soaking wooden skewers in water, layer green, red, and yellow colored veggie pieces. Suggested vegetables: Tomatoes, bell peppers for red; Squash, pineapple, or bell peppers for yellow; Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, or bell peppers for green.
  • Pineapple Rings: Grilling fruit enhances the flavor and caramelizes its natural sugars. Have your kids use a small round cookie cutter to make rings in the center of sliced pineapple. Brush with a little sugar water and they’re good to go on the grill.
  • Sliders: Smaller versions of classic hamburgers are perfect for pint-sized appetites. Small slider patties are easy for little hands to form and they cook through quickly.



Safety & Maintenance Tips for Grilling at Home

Placement is Key

BBQ on a grassy hillsideBBQ grills must be used on heatproof flooring, at least 10 feet away from buildings or anything flammable. Barbequing should never be done inside, not even in an opened garage or tent. It is dangerous to use grills on patios, awnings, or balconies because of their proximity to buildings. It’s also important to make sure that thebarbeque is set up in a stable location, so it won’t fall over.


Leaving enough room for a cross-breeze keeps smoke from building up into a hazardous carbon monoxide miasma. Leave the grill in an area that has plenty of open space for the smoke to dissipate.


Thoroughly examine the grill before barbequing for any cracks, holes, or damage. Be sure all the pieces of the barbeque grill fit together properly.


Be sure that your BBQ grill is fully clean before and after cooking. Any leftover ash, charcoal, or grill residue needs to be brushed away and discarded. If your barbeque model comes with a drip pan, it should be emptied. A grill pad or splatter mat placed under the grill can catch any mess that the drip pan misses. This is important because build-up on the grate can cause fires.

Follow Instructions

It’s important to read the manual and instructions provided by the manufacturer before beginning your grilling odyssey. Even though it’s a drag, bear in mind that thousands of people are injured every year as a result of BBQ accidents. Also, read the fine print because misusing your barbeque can void any owner’s warranty you might have purchased.


Boy giving thumbs up because he's safe around barbeques!Be especially aware of children when barbequing since they are the most likely to be injured from a grill. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, there’s a good chance that you might use your BBQ grill when other’s little tykes are around. If you have kids, it’s a good idea to give them a tutorial of the grill so they understand what makes it dangerous. Establish a “safety zone” and caution all children to stay away from the barbeque.





Obey the Heat

A barbeque can remain hot up to an hour after being turned off. You should never attempt to move or lift your grill while it’s on or still cooling.

Protect Yourself

Barbeques get extremely hot! Guard yourself from the heat using heavy duty gloves, long cooking utensils, and snug clothing. Clothing that hangs can catch fire easily, so avoid billowy sleeves, hanging apron strings, and long shirttails.

Fire SafetyFlames!

It’s not a bad idea to keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or at least 16 quarts of water handy, in case of flare-ups or accidents. In the event of a fire:

  • Propane BBQ: Turn off the burners, and shut off the tank valve if you can reach it safely.
  • Electric BBQ: Unplug or turn off electricity. 
  • Charcoal BBQ: Close lid over the grill
  • Grease Fires: Use a fire extinguisher to damper flames. Never extinguish using water because this will cause fiery flare ups.

Alcohol Awareness

Don’t drink and grill! Seriously, alcohol and BBQs can be a deadly combination. Besides impairing the grillmaster’s motor skills and synapses, plus alcohol is extremely flammable!

For the Gas Barbeque…

  • Propane Tanks: Inspect the cylinder of the tank for visible dents, leaks, or rust. If you see any damage, you should replace it.
  • Gas Pressure: Be aware of the temperature wherever the propane tank is stored, transported, and used. Keeping the propane container in a warm area increases the pressure of the gas and could cause an explosion.
  • Recycle: Do not throw away your propane tank in the trash; municipal and private programs are available for recycling. For disposable propane tanks, use all of the gas before tossing.

For the Charcoal Barbeque…

  • Lighter Fluid: Only use lighter fluid on unlit charcoal briquettes, not on coals that have already been lit. Never pour fluid directly onto an open flame, the fluid path could ignite the entire container! 
  • Charcoal: Heated coal pieces get extremely hot, never try to handle coals or ashes. After BBQing, place the ashes in a metal container with a lid, and mix them with water. This mixture should sit for several days before being disposed of in accordance with state regulations.

For the Electric Barbeque…

  • Electric Requirements: All extension cords and wall sockets must be able to handle the amperage of the electric grill. Otherwise the circuit board can become overwhelmed and start an electric fire.
  • Combustible Materials: Anything flammable should be kept at least 10 feet away from the grill when it’s in use.

Keep safe


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With summer fast approacing, and seemingly endless days ahead, many parents fear the dreaded words from their children: “I’m bored!” Here are 20 activities to help keep boredom at bay:1) Fingerpaint with shaving cream on colored construction paper.2) Decorate a clay pot and plant a flower, herb, or tomato plant. Nurture it and watch it grow.

3) Draw a picture and mail it to Grandma and Grandpa. Or have them mail themselves a letter and see how long it takes to get back to them.

4) Decorate rocks with tempera paint. Add eyes to make them into insects or animals, or start a rock garden by filling a decorated shoe box with soil and placing the rocks in it.

5) Play with a magnet. Learn what it will and will not pick up. Attach it to string and tie it to a stick. Go fishing for paperclips.

6) Spray paint 2 liter bottles and use them as bowling pins.

7) Make a bird feeder by rolling a pinecone in peanut butter, then in bird seed. Hang it from a tree with string.

8) Have your kids design their own placemats. Help them cover their art work with clear contact paper.

9) Hide an object in a room and have your kids hunt for it. Tell them if they are “hot” when they get close to it or “cold” if they move away from it.

10) Have your kids help you wash the car. Spray them when they are not looking, and be prepared for a water fight. Have fun and plan to get really wet!

11) Make macaroni jewelry. You can color the macaroni by mixing one tablespoon food coloring with two tablespoons rubbing alcohol and stirring in the dry noodles. Make several colors.

12) Put a sheet over a table to create a tent and have a picnic lunch inside.

13) Read and act out one of your child’s favorite stories.

14) Go on a nature walk and study birds, leaves, and wild flowers. Try to identify them. Make a notebook of everything you learned about.

15) Use craft paints to decorate an old t-shirt.

16) Soak a cut celery stalk in a jar or glass of water tinted with food coloring. Watch what happens to it the next day.

17) Have a Hula Hoop contest.

18) Make a cake and let your children help you decorate it with colored frosting and candies.

19) Have a sock war. Designate an area free of breakables, set boundaries, and divide into two teams. Start firing!

20) Start a “summer journal”. Help your kids write about the things you did each day and let them illustrate it. Keep these to look back on as they get older.

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GBClogo recipe

Andy Water’s Coconut cookie crumble is an ideal recipe if kids are happy to get their hands all gooey.

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C

Line a baking tray with baking parchment – see if the kids can help laying this down.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, coconut and oats, blending well – messy, floury kids’ hands should be the sign of a job well done. Just make sure their hands are washed before getting stuck into the mix.

In a small pan, melt the butter and golden syrup over a low heat.

In a small bowl, dissolve the bicarbonate soda in 2tbsp of boiling water. Combine with the golden syrup and butter.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and pour in the warm golden syrup mixture, mixing well until it forms a dough.

Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and roll into balls. Place onto the baking tray and press down slightly to flatten. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up – little hands will make light work of rolling the dough into balls – and then flatten down into cookies.

Place into the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the biscuits are golden.

Once baked, remove and place straight onto a wire rack to cool before serving.


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Want to make a cake that’s a real show-off piece? Here’s how to create a rose from icing to top it. By Kirstie Allsopp

‘If you ask me, no party’s complete without a cake to eat. Like a lot of people, I love to bake when I’m at home, but the most cake decoration I’ve ever done is a slap of sugar frosting. But, in the last episode of Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Mich Turner taught me to decorate cakes – one craft that everyone should be able to try. In this step by step guide, I’ll show you how you can make mini cakes look like masterpieces with hand made roses.’

  • A plastic sleeve (the sort you get in stationery shops)
  • Sugarpaste
  • Edible glitter
  • Royal icing
  • Nozzle-less piping bag (you could use a sandwich bag)
  • Small knife to cut the sugarpaste
  • Sieve to dust the glitter
  • … and nimble fingers


Easy. And you can always eat the bits that go wrong!


Under a fiver. Sugarpaste costs approx £2 per 250g and edible glitter approx £2.50 per 1.5g tub. If you make your own royal icing it will cost just a few pence.


A couple of hours… depending on how much you eat as you’re going along!

Step One: Roll Up The Sugarpaste

First you’ll need some sugarpaste. You can buy this ready coloured, or you can colour it yourself. Rip a little piece off – it’s quite sticky – and roll it into a sausage. Slice the sausage into six little circles.

Step Two: Squish The Sugarpaste Into Petals

Lay your circles out on the bottom sheet of a plastic sleeve, covering them with the top sheet. Squish them down once with the palm of your hand and give them a quick smooth over with your thumb to make one side of the circle slightly thinner than the other. These will be your petals.

Step Three: Curl A Petal To Create The Rose Centre

Lift the plastic back and look for the smallest one that you’ve created, to be the centre of your rose. Using one finger, carefully rub it from the blunt end. If you’re gentle, it should stay in one piece as it comes off and it should automatically put a nice curl in the petal. Hold it between your thumb and finger and then gently, starting on one side, curl it right up over itself to form the centre of the rose.

Step Four: Add The Other Petals

Now take your second petal from the sheeting and lay it over your finger. Lay the first petal in the centre of the second one, join side down. As you squeeze the second one around, it will form the next petal. Curl the tip down and then pinch around the sides to keep it together. Continue in this way with more petals until you have a convincing looking rose.

Step Five: Dust It With Glitter

Now comes the fun part – because we get to dust it down with glitter. Just dust it over your rose using a sieve (a sugar sieve, if you have one) and it will stay nice and encrusted.

Step Six: Prepare The Piping Bag

Next, we’re going to make the leaves on which to pop your rose. Fill a piping bag with royal icing and, instead of using a nozzle, just cut a V shape off at the end of the bag. This will allow you to pipe a leaf shape because, as you’ll see in the next step, the pointed centre of the V will draw a line, forming the central ‘vein’ of your leaf – and the icing will splay out either side, forming the leaf’s ‘blades’.

Step Seven: Create The Leaves

Squeezing gently, drag the piping bag towards yourself, pushing back every couple of millimetres to make the leaf wavy. At the end of the leaf, stop squeezing, stop pushing and just pull the bag away from the cake gently. This will make a point at the end of your leaf.

Step Eight: Enjoy

Finished! All that’s left now is for you to tuck in.

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Health and safety in the kitchen

Follow these simple steps to keep you safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

  • Wear a clean apron, tie back long hair and roll up your sleeves.
  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water, especially after using the toilet.
  • Cover any cuts or sores with a blue plaster.
  • Do not handle food if you have a bad cold or are sick.
  • Keep pets away from the kitchen area.
  • Do not lick your fingers or equipment during cooking.
  • When you’re preparing food and cooking, always take care and take your time. Never run in the kitchen area.
  • Wash all raw food such as fruit and vegetables before using them.
  • Always check Best Before/Use By dates on any ingredients.
  • Use a clean spoon when tasting food, and always wash it after every time.
  • Make sure that saucepan and frying pan handles do not stick out over the edge of the hob.
  • Cut or chop food on a chopping board.
  • Keep a clean kitchen at all times – wipe down surfaces and chopping boards regularly, and use clean dish cloths and tea towels.
  • Clean away spills on the work surface or floor immediately.
  • Wear oven gloves when putting items into, or taking them out of, the oven.
  • Wrap food waste in newspaper and place in a bin.
  • Take care when using sharp knives.

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