Tuesday, July 24, 2012

McChef Magazine




MasterChef Australia is currently our family's favourite TV program. Series 4 of this competitive cooking game show will conclude later this week. It has sparked a renewed interest in cooking amongst the children.

Each child already prepares one evening meal per week and several of the children enjoy baking sweet treats. However there is a fresh enthusiasm at the moment to try new and more difficult recipes.

I have decided to harness this interest, the children are currently working on their first edition of a mini publication, "McChef Magazine" as part of their school work. It will contain a variety of recipes as well as several food related articles.




Yesterday Miss V (8) made profiteroles and chocolate sauce for a delicious evening treat for all the family.




None of the children had seen profiteroles before. Miss E (20) helped Miss V with some of the tasks.




Miss V had seen the recipe in one of our books and was determined that this was what she wanted to make.







She constructed a beautiful cream-filled tower




 then drizzled warm homemade chocolate sauce over  them.







It was a good thing the profiteroles were petite, for we were rather full after Master T's lasagne. There are some left overs for today - yum!




Some more recent contenders for the cover of McChef Magazine, chocolate cake made with olive oil by Miss E (4) - with help, a delicious Chocolate Raspberry Slice by Miss G (14) and also by Miss G, a yeast based Chelsea Bun.


Sharing at Our World Tuesday.

52 comments:

Bec Denehy said...

They look so yummy! She did a great job :) x

Deanne said...

What a great family project! It all looks very yummy!

Deborah Tisch said...

My stomach is growling now....

One of my favorite funny quotes is "Hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt."

That could apply here.

Giga said...

To wygląda pysznie i pewno tak smakuje. Masz wspaniałe dzieci i bardzo dobrze, że je to interesuję i lubią robić pyszności. Pozdrawiam.
It certainly looks so delectable and tastes. You have wonderful children and is very good that they are interested and like to do refreshments. Yours.

Pat said...

Holy cow those look delish! A great idea to have a child make a meal each night. And having a lot of kids means no cooking for you! Yipee! :) The cookbook sounds wonderful!

Bloom said...

There is much Masterchef excitement in our house this week too! My husband tends to roll his eyes when it comes to the show, seeing it as blatantly commercial. Although, he does let his guard slip occasionally and sneak a look. The kids & I love it. I love that it encourages them to cook and be excited about food and its preparation. You are rearing a veritable team of accomplished chefs it would seem! Congratulations kids, you are doing a wonderful job. Can't believe those profiteroles - they are a real challenge! Impressive!

Rosemary said...

For a first attempt those profiteroles look professional. It is lovely that your family can now make treats for you after all the years of loving care you have given to them.

Gary said...

Great post. I like to cook also. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Denise said...

A fun cooking project with the children, and how yummy that all looks.

MaryL said...

What a wonderful and delicious experience for you all!! I can see it stirring future good cooks and adventurous ones as well! So glad you are able to do this with them. :)

Lisa said...

They look so yummy! It is great to have so much help in the kitchen. What a good idea to make a school project out of all the recipes. The chocolate raspberry bars look delicious too!

LisaS said...

Oh yes, a plate of these would keep me very contented. Beautiful photography ;)

Andrea C. said...

what a treat!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh my goodness... everything looks delicious. What a fun activity for your kids to be into! :) These look like something we make called cream puffs. If they are, they are yummy!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You are right Jennifer, we knew these as cream puffs when my Mum made them years ago.

msdewberry said...

Oh my gosh, my favorite dessert. I love them so much that my hubby and I had these made into a wedding cake at our wedding. You can also get these at our local White Spot restaurant and they look just like that wonderful photo you have posted!

Ruby said...

looks delicious!!! Cheers!

Rick said...

If there are any left over, would you email me some ? They look scrumptious ! Great work, Miss V !

geanina said...

yammmyyy...!!
great work! looks fantastic :P

Marion said...

Wow, how nice to have all these young chefs at home! Great images as well!
Best wishes, Marion

Birgitt said...

mhh .... so delicious ... wonderful dessert

Many greetings from Birgitt

Angie said...

Oh! I just love this blog post. I so love the warmth of your beautiful family. Honestly, these photographs make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Just lovely, Karen. xo

s.c said...

Looks great and you know what, we are here in holland also looking at master chef australia . Only have I sometimes the feeling that the producers have also something to say about the participants by sending away people that are definitely better cooks then the two guys that are now still in the league. But that said it for sure betters our cooking style. I personal gamble on Audra but who knows.

Erin said...

Very impressive!!

Nadege, said...

What a fantastic idea...yummy.

**Perler på snor** Dorthe said...

Pure nostalgia for me - my grandmother made ​​them for me when I was a kid!
Sweet post!

:-) Dorthe

Seeing Each Day said...

Great photos Karen - especially that first one - looks glistening. The 3 of us are masterchef fans down this way, most definitely. Rosie asks each day 'Is Masterchef on tonight?' And Tom is determined for a boy to win. Was sad to see Ben go last night. And now Mindy! What a brilliant idea to incorporate the show into their schooling with the magazine. Those kids of yours are lucky.

christinasweden said...

looks delicious!

I'm a fan of that program to even if they show older versions over here....

Christina, Sweden

Dianne said...

Isn't it great how Master Chef has inspired the younger generation to get cooking .... Great plating up skills and I'm sure full of flavour. I"ll give them a 10.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You are raising our future and teaching them skills that may someday become a profession. I daresay these look awesome as we all eat with our eyes first. Bravo to your children for being so talented and with your photography, the magazine will have that professional look and feel.

Must be wonderful to have someone else do the cooking...

Fun60 said...

They look so scrumptious I now have to go and find something sweet to eat. Another diet bites the dust!

einfachtilda said...

Oh sooo lecker, die mag ich gerne.
Danke♥

LG Mathilda

cris photos said...

Que delicia deve estar. Parabéns para as crianças, é de pequeno que se aprende.

Beijos.

Gillian Olson said...

Those look so good, and the lasagne and other treats sound wonderful too! What a great family activity.

marijke said...

That looks delicious Karen. A great compliment to the children.
Have a nice evening

inka said...

Wyglądają tak smakowicie, że zrobiłam się głodna :) uwielbiam wszystko co słodkie :) pozdrawiam gorąco :):):)

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I'm totally drooling! I have been wanting to make some for a while now. Guess I will be getting a bit more serious about it now- those look divine!

Cathy H. said...

This looks delicious! Maybe she could come cook for me!!

In Wonder said...

Yum! looks successfully delicious :).

Ocean Soul Karen said...

Profiteroles are a lot of work, your chef has done very well! I'm thinking there will be an A+ on their cookbook project!

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness. Those are my favorites. I just made them about a month ago. I call them cream puffs. Know I know the real name...

When my daughter lived at home she would cook dinner once a week. It used to be so fun. I used to love some of the dishes she came up with..

Hugs~

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! Kind of like small chocolate eclairs. What a neat idea to get the children involved in cooking. My mother would never let me near a stove, afraid I'd burn the house down, so I never took an interest. Good for you!

Carole M. said...

well done; a wonderful family contribution; beautiful recipes they've made up and you will all greatly benefit from these years of input and interaction

vincibene said...

WOW! So delicious!

Jana said...

great job! I loved helping making cakes when I was little:-))

Doug Hickok said...

Wow, this looks soooo delicious right now :^)

Catherine said...

Can I just say these look sooo delicious! I think I need to make myself some of these it's been a while since I made them.

hawknitr13 said...

yummy!!! i'll hop the next flight down to your house!!! congrats to the kids!!!
^)^linda

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think it is wonderful that you are doing all you can to encourage your family to enjoy cooking.

Wenche said...

Looks good :0) Mmmm :0)

Barb said...

I am dreaming of dinner at your house!

Marie said...

We go through spells really enjoying the cooking competition shows....since our SIL is a chef and our daughter a pastry-chef-in-training for the restaurant where they both work. These look AMAZING! Kudos to the child responsible!

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