In the Friday Dish this week: do your kids know how to boil an egg? Teach them with these two easy guides to cooking the perfect boiled egg, just in time for Mother’s Day; talking of breakfast, you can help Make Breakfast Count during Fairtrade Fortnight and support farmers around the world; plus the perfect Mother’s Day Gift for mum bakers – Cherry Blossom Cupcake Workshops at Flossie Pops Cakery in Kent.
The Perfect Boiled Egg?
According to recent research from the Eat Happy Project, 70% of school-age children don’t know how to boil an egg. With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday in the UK, what perfect time to get them to have a go and give you breakfast in bed into the bargain.
When I need to know how to cook something properly the one person I always turn to is Delia Smith. Here’s a woman who gives it to you straight, no-fuss and with complete assurance. Her top tips for perfect boiled eggs every time include:
- Bring eggs to room temperature before boiling. Very cold eggs dropped straight into hot water will crack.
- Always use a timer. Trying to guess the timing is a recipe for disaster.
- Always use a small saucepan to ensure the eggs don’t roll around too much and crack.
- If eggs are very fresh, (less than four days old) add 30 seconds on each timing.
Delia’s instructions for the perfect boiled egg can be found at DeliaOnline.
Or pop on over to BBC Good Food‘s easy-to-follow infographic which gives you timings for eggs done just the way you like them, from hard boiled to runny-yolked. There’s also a great section on soldiers! – 10 Sensational Soldiers to Serve with Boiled Eggs.
For more inspiration we’ve compiled a list of Mother’s Day Breakfasts your Kids Can Make. Happy Mother’s Day!
Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers
Speaking of Breakfast – some food for thought:
Those words were spoken by Martin Luther King Jnr, during his Christmas Sermon on Peace in 1967. He was talking about how our breakfast is provided “by coffee growers from South America, tea from China or India, bread from England” as a way to illustrate our connected we all are, despite coming from widely different cultures, countries and environments.
It’s a message that’s being highlighted by the Fairtrade Foundation over the next couple of weeks during its annual Fairtrade Fortnight. It’s calling on everyone to make breakfast really count by eating a Fairtrade breakfast, and help support farmers around the world, some of whom can’t afford to feed their own families.
There’s lots of information about how you can play your part on the Fairtrade Fortnight website, including where to buy Fairtrade products and also how to get children and schools involved. I think it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to our kids about where food comes from and who produces it.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 29th February to 13th March.
Want to be a Cupcake Queen?
If you’re a mum who’s mad about baking or fancy improving your cupcake decorating skills, then why not leave this page open on your computer or device around the house as a Mother’s Day gift idea hint for your children or partner.
Flossie Pops Cakery in Kent is running a Cherry Blossom Cupcake workshop this month, where you’ll learn to create beautiful domed cupcakes, use cutters and sugar craft tools to make delicate blossom and pipe with royal icing.
You’ll also get to take home a box of beautifully decorated cupcakes and hopefully, a host of new skills and inspiration. Says Flossie Pops Cakery founder, Ketta Shimmin, “this workshop is perfect for complete beginners or those looking to improve their skills”.
All classes take place at the Flossie Pops Cakery studio in Sissinghurst. The next workshop is Thursday 17th March, 10am – 12:30pm.The class costs £35 per person which includes everything you need to make beautiful cupcakes plus refreshments. All you need to bring is an apron!
Flossie Pops Cakery is also offering mum/daughter vouchers for future workshops.
To book, visit the website at FlossiePopsCakery.co.uk