*As usual, I would like to thank my husband for his assistance with typing my post today. Without him, I’d have had very little written over the last 3 months. Vim sure he is eagerly awaiting the day when I can once again the my own blog posts, lol.*
Recently, a group of my blogging friends and I, along with our kiddos, were given the opportunity to participate in a kids cooking at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company in Vancouver. The kids in attendance ranged from brand new babies to about 4 1/2, which made for an eager and fun group. We had been to RMFC once before, and quite enjoyed it, but Q has never been much of a pizza lover, so I was interested to see how he’d like it if he had the chance to make his own. He has also been quite into helping out with cooking lately, so I figured that it would be a great opportunity for him to get some time in the kitchen. It was a fair trek for us into town, but I figured that the fun that he would have, both in the class and playing with the other kids, would make it worth the drive. Boy, was I right!
When we first arrived, the first thing that Q did was head straight for the play area that RMFC has in the dining area. It has two wooden kitchens, complete with play food and kid-sized aprons. As he did the first time we went there, he immediately put a fruit bowl on his head as a hat, which stayed the entire time we were there. He also carefully picked out an apron, had me help him put it on, then went about playing with the others.
After some play time, Suz, the co-owner, came to start the class. All of the kids found spots on the benches, and listened eagerly as she explained what they would be making. She explained that they would make 4 different things: mango guacamole, lemonade, apple pie popcorn and individual pizzas. I wondered if that was too ambitious of a menu for such little people, but to Suz’s credit, she had judged it pretty much spot on. The four biggest boys all sat together, and listened attentively as she explained what they were going to do.
Then it was time to get down to the actual food making. They started off with the mango guacamole. Suz had them cut up the mangos and the avocados to start. Q loved this, and took his cutting jobs very seriously, as you can see in the next picture. He want to make sure they were both cut just right. We don’t usually let him do the cutting when he helps in the kitchen (yes, I may be a bit paranoid, haha), so he thought this was just great!
After adding the mangos and avocados together In the bowl, they got to smash them up. When you get a group of boys together, this can turn out to be quite boisterous and noisy, but they all did a great job. The littler girls in the group were also very serious about their tasks, and took to them with great amounts of concentration. Next, they added some herbs and seasonings, then mixed it all together. In order to taste their creation, they needed some carrots. Much to Q’s delight, this also meant they got to peel them too. He says never been much of a carrot lover, so I was interested to see how this would go off.
Once again, he surprised me, and proudly peeled a carrot all by himself. Then it was time to taste. He has been a picky eater since he was about 2 1/2, so I really wondered just what it was going to take to get him to try the guacamole. My answer came soon. The fact that he helped make it, and he peeled the carrot himself, meant that he was more than willing to try it.
After trying a few bites, though, he informed me that the “mockapole wasn’t his favorite”.
Next up came the lemonade. It was made with lemon juice, maple syrup to sweeten, and water. I was also delicious, and Q had three classes, I think. Then came the apple pie popcorn. All the kids
We’re excited to watch the popcorn popper in action. They also got to rip up the dried apple rings to add to the mix, along with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon (I think that was all -I was too taken by the yummy smells to take the exact ingredients down). Everything got mixed together, and then came the fun part. They all got bowls to eat. I will admit that I also had a bowl and it was fantastic!
Finally, it was time to make the pizzas. Each group of two kids got to share one crust, and make half a pizza. They start by rolling out their own dough, which was a huge hit.
Next came the sauce. Q doesn’t like sauce, so he asked for no sauce on his half. Suz brushed it with olive oil instead, which he wasn’t too sure about at first, but she kindly assured him that it was just so the cheese would stick to the dough. Next up came the cheese, and each kid got a handful to spread on their dough. I saw more than one person snacking on the cheese once it was down, but I don’t blame them, it was pretty tempting. Finally, the kids got to choose their toppings. Q selected chicken for his, which took me by surprise, but there was no way I was going to let him know that. Then it was time for the pizzas to go into the oven, which gave the kids a bit more time to play, and the mamas a bit more time to visit.
Finally, they were all done, and were pulled out of the wood fired oven. It was time to eat! The timing couldn’t have been better, as we would soon have to leave town to get Q back for preschool. He dug right in once it was cool enough to eat, and washed it down with more lemonade. Much to my surprise, he loved it! He also decided to share a piece with me, and it certainly was yummy.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a morning, and Q had an absolute blast! Huge thanks go out to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company for having us, and for allowing the little dude to get his hands dirty and try some new stuff while he was at it.
If you are interested in trying out a class for your kids, or just getting to make our own pizzas, RMFC has a couple of special things that they do. Every Sunday night, kids can join in the fun by making their own pizza for dinner. On Mondays, the adults can also join in the fun. You can find more information, including times and prices here. As well, they also do kids pizza parties, which I think would be so much fun. Good food, getting messy, what more could you ask for?
Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be choosing someone randomly from their Facebook Fan page to win 2 tickets to their family pizza nights (Sunday & Monday 5-7). For our your chance at winning, Like their fan page here
I was given the opportunity to attend the class at Rocky Mountain Flatbread for free, however, my opinions are strictly my own. We completed enjoyed the class and truly like their food.