Broken Biscuits Club – Young Chefs in Glasgow
Budding young chefs in Glasgow reeled in a treat on Saturday (15th February) when they cooked up a seafood feast with leading Edinburgh chef Brian Donkin.
The group,including some members as young as five, were taking part in a class organised by a not-for-profit initiative, the Broken Biscuits Cookery Club, at the Albany Centre 44 Ashley Street, Woodlands, Glasgow G3 6DS.
Organiser Findlay Donaldson, from the charity Spirit Aid said:
“Broken Biscuits offers parents the chance to bring their children to low-cost cookery classes. The emphasis is on fun and introducing young people to fresh ingredients. Since the club was founded a year ago, the kids have made their own pakora, lasagne with freshly made pasta, tapas, fishcakes, and sausages. Chef Donkin took them into interesting new culinary waters introducing them to lobster, crabs, prawns and mussels.”
At the Albany Centre Teenage club members were in the heat of the kitchen helping to make Lobster Thermidor, dressed crab, and a variety of French regional mussels dishes including Moules Camargaise with spinach and mayonnaise.
Younger members helped by preparing ingredients such as flat-leaf parsley and Parmesan cheese. They prepared a salad of rocket, walnuts, pomegranate seeds and blue cheese. For dessert they made traditional Scottish cranachan from whipped cream, honey, toasted oatmeal and raspberries. Their parents were then treated to lunch – at the Broken Biscuits Club, mum and dad eat free.
Chef Brian Donkin, who has owned a number of seafood restaurants including the esteemed Café Royal in Edinburgh, and whose clientele has included Elizabeth Taylor and French President, Francois Mitterand, said:
“I was impressed by the attitude and enthusiasm of the Broken Biscuits youngsters – even when they were confronted with adult food such as lobster and crab.”
Findlay Donaldson added: “The cookery club is able to offer classes for as little as £5 per child thanks to the generosity of chefs such as Brian Donkin, the work of our volunteers, and support from the Albany Centre Community Activities Programme.”
<a href=”mailto:[email protected]”>Tom Shields, one of the organisers</a>
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