Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • YouTube

    Beverley's new cookery show on YouTube

    Beetroot and Walnut Hummus

    Oat Crunchies

    Stuffed Peaches and Plums

    Splat Cooking's Whizz Bang Food - Showreel

    How to test if egg whites are whisked to stiff peak - with Phil Gayle of BBC Oxford

    Beverley's YouTube videos.

    Plum Cookery School - Beverley Glock and Rachel Allen

    Plum Cookery School - Weaning stage 1

    Plum Cookery School - Weaning stage 2

    Plum Cookery School - Weaning stage 3

    Plum Cookery School - Weaning stage 4 - Toddlers

    The Zen of Cupcakes

    Cook eggsperiments for children to do with an adult, great for rainy days.

    How to dissolve an egg shell part 1 

    How to dissolve an egg shell part 2 and how to bounce an egg

    How to make Green Eggs and Ham

    Red Cabbage Water Experiments

    Gingerbread Houses - how to put your gingerbread house together and why you need to leave it overnight to dry!

    Royal Icing - how to mix up royal icing

    Talking about Splat Cooking Parties on Food Uncut with Stephan Gates


  • Cupcake Glitter - is it safe to eat?

    I've used Edable Art glitter for years, I make sure that the products myself and the team source for Splat Cooking are safe to eat, after all Splat Cooking is all about teaching children and adults how to cook safely so the items we sell have to reflect that.

    Over the years there have been other storms in teacups about glitter.  Some websites have stated that the 'glitter is not edible and is suitable for use on parts of the cake that will not be eaten', ie cake decorations that lay on the cake and can be removed. However, everyone who has ever used this stuff knows that no matter what you do it transfers.

    So we talked to the manufacturer, I've had lots of conversations with the lovely people at Edable Art over the years and I've seen toxicology reports from them as they've always been open and honest and I've satisfied myself that their glitter is 'foodsafe'.  I've had conversations with local trading standards chaps, David Gravy at Aylesbury is very aware of the cookery school and has been actively involved with us for the last 11 years of trading and is incredibly helpful.  We were advised to market the glitter as 'foodsafe' not 'edible', when we have new staff and cookery leaders join we make sure that they know not to call the glitter edible.

    However, as of Monday last week, this all changed - way before it hit the newspapers. Audrey, one of the team, did her regular check up with the FSA, there was a bulletin about just this, so she called Edable Art who were right on the ball and said that they knew all about the new guidelines and were putting together a Declaration of Compliance which they'd send us.  In the meantime he was very pleased to let us know that Edable Art glitter is fully compliant with the FSA Guidelines on Edible and Non-Toxic Glitters and Dusts (April 2012). This is the only glitter Splat Cooking sell.

    Things have moved on, in August we had a call from EdAble Art's local EHO who had purchased a sample of their glitter from us - without our knowledge of what it was form, bit underhanded I think, and they've taken it away for analysis but won't commit as to whether Splat Cooking ought to be selling it as a food additive or just as a decoration.  The Splat Cooking Team have taken the view that until the tests come back we're taking off any reference to 'foodsafe' and we're not using it at the parties or on any of the cakes, as soon as there is an update and the results come back I'll post it here.  As far as I am aware no one has been damaged by eating the glitter but at the end it's up to you if you decide to use it or not.

    If you have any queries please do call Splat Cooking on 0870 766 8290


  • Toddler Cookery Classes - Splat Cooking

    I'm very proud to be launching Splat Cooking's (@splatcooking) new toddler cooking club cookery classes.  The Splat Cooking team have put so much work into planning these new classes they promise to be educational, enjoyable, fun and inspirational for toddlers as well as their parents or carers.

    When my children were little there were a number of toddler classes that I just couldn't cope with, the ones that left me feeling like I needed to take myself out and have myself shot as I was so desperately bored.  Don't get me wrong, I loved being at home with my children when they were little, my favourite age was between 6 months and 2 years, when they're discovering the world and you are honoured to experience that with them.  Toddlers are amazingly good company, every new experience and discovery is unique and wonderful but some classes are just downright boring, and if I was bored stupid and dreaded having to go back, then how did my child feel?

    Some classes were brilliant, I thoroughly loved them and looked forward to going every week so did my children.

    Things about toddler classes i couldn't bear:  puppets (omg I hate puppets, why can't the people running the class just talk to the children like normal human beings), singing daft songs when it isn't a singing or musical class - why? Oh why? I have the most awful singing voice that can clear a room in seconds, so I totally hated being told to 'sing up' - seriously?  You want all the other Mums to run for the hills?

    Class leaders talking down the children in silly voices - when you laugh you get told off (or evicted, been there, done that), it's just too funny when the toddlers are looking at the lady and asking if there is something wrong with her voice for her to talk like that.

    So the Splat Cooking toddler cookery classes have none of this.  The focus is on food and cooking, each session is linked to a story book, such as The Magic Porridge Pot (Oaty lollies), The Gruffalo (mice bread rolls), Pizza Kittens (pizza) and each session begins with a story, then the children put aprons on, wash hands and make the recipe of the week with the help from their parents/carers.  Once the goodies are cooking there are related activities and colouring sheets to do as well as tasting ingredients and talking about the texture and flavour, it may be mango - dried, fresh, tinned, juice or bread - identifying different breads and trying different breads made with different grains.

    They have this amazing lady who is qualified in sign language and is starting the classes off with a few words of signing to help the children who's speech isn't that great, I think this is such a great idea.

    The classes launch on Thursday 3 May at Ballinger War Memorial Hall in Ballinger Common near Great Missenden, the classes last from 9.30-11am - as these are new they're hoping for lots of feedback from the initial parents as it's early days and they want to make sure that the classes are brilliant so initially 90 mins but they may reduce the time depending on  how the first few run, better to finish early than over run.  The classes are bookable termly in advance - they need to know how many children at each week to buy ingredients and food to taste and budget for aprons and recipe folders and utensils.

    I'll be there for the first couple to launch them then the amazing ladies at  Splat Cooking will take over with their wealth of experience.  So if you have a toddler and want to have a go at cooking, book now, before the spaces fill up.



  • 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

    The National Trust have launched a campaign to get children outside, I've been through the list and I reckon mine have done 37 of them.  Definitely fossil hunts on Redcar and Saltburn beaches, skimming stones - last week in Saltburn, we have heaps of fossils around the surf shack in the garden, and discovering what's in a pond and catching fish in a net from it - we live in a mill and they're always out on the boat on the mill pond, or in it (wild swimming) or over on the island (oh there's another one).

    Burying someone in sand scars me to death after you hear the horror stories of children being buried and killed when the sides of the sand collapse and suffocate them so although they've done it it's been very shallow sand and usually feet only.  Paranoid mothers.

    Camping out in the wild, does cub and guide camp count?  Or Camp Bestival? Or the back garden?

    Building a den - in the back garden with blankets and clothes horse or Wendover Woods in the proper wild. Flying kites - always take them to France and hit the beach with them, need to get bigger ones this year.

    Small boy will only apples if he can pick them straight off the tree - can be a bit of a pain that.  Stream damming in Hutton Le Hole - how to waste a whole day - perfect.

    Watch the sun wake up - they did this lots when they were little and we were on holiday, Dads meet on the beach with toddlers that were awake from 5am so they didn't wake everyone else up, sure you've been there but not sure this is really what they meant.

    Catching crabs in rock pools - I'm an expert crab catcher, so good that when we're on the Ile de Re I'm usually surrounded by children as they've ditched their parents to go over to where the 'crab lady' is as I'm sooo good at catching them, bit embarsssing really.

    Bringing up butterflies - I think we still have the kit somewhere, done this at least 3 times and planting, cooking and eating is one of the things we do at Cooking Club, and of course they've cooked on a real campfire - well, at cubs and guides def.  So we're up to 37 how many have you done?

    The 50 things to do before you're 11 and three-quarters

    1. Climb a tree

    2. Roll down a really big hill

    3. Camp out in the wild

    4. Build a den

    5. Skim a stone

    6. Run around in the rain

    7. Fly a kite

    8. Catch a fish with a net

    9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

    10. Play conkers

    11. Throw some snow

    12. Hunt for treasure on the beach

    13. Make a mud pie

    14. Dam a stream

    15. Go sledging

    16. Bury someone in the sand

    17. Set up a snail race

    18. Balance on a fallen tree

    19. Swing on a rope swing

    20. Make a mud slide

    21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild

    22. Take a look inside a tree

    23. Visit an island

    24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind

    25. Make a grass trumpet

    26. Hunt for fossils and bones

    27. Watch the sun wake up

    28. Climb a huge hill

    29. Get behind a waterfall

    30. Feed a bird from your hand

    31. Hunt for bugs

    32. Find some frogspawn

    33. Catch a butterfly in a net

    34. Track wild animals

    35. Discover what’s in a pond

    36. Call an owl

    37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

    38. Bring up a butterfly

    39. Catch a crab

    40. Go on a nature walk at night

    41. Plant it, grow it, eat it

    42. Go wild swimming

    43. Go rafting

    44. Light a fire without matches

    45. Find your way with a map and compass

    46. Try bouldering

    47. Cook on a campfire

    48. Try abseiling

    49. Find a geocache

    50. Canoe down a river

    SOURCE: National Trust.

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  • APP - Cupcakes, Muffins and Afternoon Tea

    My new APP Cupcakes, Muffins and Afternoon Tea is available from iTunes via this link Cupcakes, Muffins and Afternoon Tea


    It has it's own Facebook page so please 'like' it and you'll be updated with heaps of competitions, updates, recipes and details of events I'm appearing at.

    The Zen of Cupcakes - up on YouTube, my first TV show on how make the perfect cupcake, if you want to know how to make the perfect cupcake watch this.

  • APP - Cupcakes, Muffins and Afternoon Tea

    My new APP has it's own Facebook page, please click and 'like' it.  The APP itself launches in June 2012 and will be available from that date on the APP store, if you 'like' it on facebook we'll keep you updated on events, competitions and appearances plus heaps of extra recipes and tips.

    I'm really excited, come and see me at Foodies Festival in Bristol on 113-15 July, I'll be in the Chef's Theatre as MC for the event and we'll have the APP on iPads on our stand for you have have a look at.  The Splat Cooking team are also running the Kids Cookery Theatre with lots of hands on cooking workshops

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