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Foodini Club – tried and tested

Muddy checks out gift subscription kit and recipe card packs that will get kids 3+ enthused about cooking

Here’s a fun and education gift for children 3 + available by subscription or as a one off.

Each month, for the duration you choose, Foodini Club will send out kid-friendly illustrated recipe cards for one savoury and one naturally sweetened creation along with the non-perishable ingredients in eco-friendly packaging and a free craft or growing activity. If the recipient lives in Brighton or Hove you can also opt for the fresh ingredients to be delivered by electric bike.

Or, you can choose the simple Recipe Card Club with a sweet and a savoury creation to make each month and the recipient sourcing their own ingredients.

Muddy’s Naomi Thompson had a go at the Pear Parkin from the cards with daughter Isla – age 5 – who has ambitions to be a baker – mostly because there will be lots of bowls to lick!

Here’s how they got on…

What was in the kit?
There were two cards per recipe, an illustrated instruction card with food facts and other ideas for the key ingredients on the front and separate measurements list with a dedicated shopping list on the reverse.

What did you have to buy separately?

We purchased all the ingredients but made good use of the check sheet at home before we went shopping.

How easy were the instructions to follow?
Very easy good simple to follow and flowed well, with clear illustrations and prompts.

Did Isla do any steps on her own?
I only had to get involved a couple of times with the hot sugar mixture and cutting the fruit but that could be easily done by an older child.

What was the trickiest bit?
Measuring out the molasses – we confess to making a big sticky mess!

What were Isla’s favourite bits? 
Isla loved having her own shopping list, even carried her own shopping!

Did she learn anything about food and nutrition?
I think the fact sheets on the back of the instruction cards are really nicely done – loads of nutritional info and cool facts. On the pear one there were other ways to eat the fruit, how to pick a tasty pear and even a little history lesson. I learnt something new from the fact sheet – ‘the Chinese believe the pear symbolises immortality, also you shouldn’t share a pear for fear of breaking a relationship. This is because the Chinese word for Pear ‘Li’ is also the word for separation’ …. Who knew?!

My daughter thinks that courgettes are the devil’s food but pop them in a cake and she is delighted. Foodini have a lovely recipe for Cornana (courgette and banana) Muffins.

What’s the bonus beyond following a child-friendly recipe book?
With younger children I think that the cards are a lot easier to use than a big recipe book and it’s really easy to keep the ones you like. All the cards are interesting dishes with varied ingredients. It would be a really good activity for fussy eaters to put all the ingredients together and discover they actually like the tastes!

Overall verdict
There are quite a lot of different ingredients to use so I can totally see the benefits of the pre-prepared packs on offer from Foodini for busy parents. Having said that, we loved shopping for the ingredients and made an activity out of that, it was fun lining up all the ingredients smelling and identifying all the spices.

I think what makes this company stand out for me is the focus on healthier dishes – most other kids’ cooking kits are all cakes and sweet treats. It is great the kits introduce interesting ingredients. Looking through the pack there are loads of  things like tahini, celeriac and polenta for the kids to discover.

Last order for Foodini kits delivered in time for Xmas is Tues 18 Dec (later if local to Brighton), or start a subscription to arrive for the new year.


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