Vegetables au Gratin

This one-pan recipe has lots of colours, is incredibly delicious, and is quick to make. It ticks all the boxes. A gratin is a dish that originated in France. It’s often made with vegetables, is topped with cheese and sometimes breadcrumbs. This recipe uses different types of vegetables common in the south of France and a special herb combination called herbs de Provence. If you are missing some of these herbs, it is easy to replace them with what you have at home. Give this delicious Vegetable au Gratin a try!

Yield: 4 – 5 servings
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking time: About 25 – 30 minutes

Read More

Sharp Hand Tools

Sometimes kitchen tools other than a knife can be used to complete tasks in the kitchen. These tools can speed up a job or help make preparation a little safer. In this video we teach you about how to use sharp hand tools.

Read More

Kitchen Contours: Drawing What You See

Sometimes you just want to do a quiet, relaxing activity all by yourself. The ingredients you find in your fridge or garden, and kitchen tools you find in the drawers or cupboards can provide you with inspiration and objects for drawing.

Some of the classes of students we teach come to the Project CHEF kitchen to gather a few ingredients we’ll be cooking with that day and some of the kitchen tools we will be using. They take them back to their classroom and set them out in different areas in the classroom. Students silently choose what they want to draw, open their food journal and sketch what they are looking at.

A magical spell comes over the classroom as students really focus on what they are looking at and drawing what they see. You dare not make a sound as creative minds are at work and a calm tone prevails in the room.

Read More

Growing Potatoes – Part 2

Scientists keep records, so do farmers, and so do we! Since planting your potatoes, what have you noticed? What can you observe? After planting your seed potatoes, in Part 1 of this activity, your Project CHEF task over the next two months is to look closely, pay attention to the details, and write down your observations. The more specific, the better.

Read More

Flowers for Mothers

It’s almost Mother’s Day. What are you doing for your mum this year? It’s a tricky year, how can we get creative with what we have at home to show our loved ones gratitude? Well, we are still grocery shopping. If you have some paint and paper around the house, try making some veggie prints for a card. This is a 5-star kid-approved activity. The flower pictured above is made from dipping a bok choy stem in paint and then pressing it into paper with a little twist (just like a stamp).

Read More

Knife Skills

At Project CHEF we believe in setting people up for success in the kitchen and we want you to become confident, safe cooks. To help you do this, we want to teach you the skills for successful cooking. Learning to cut safely is one of the most important skills to learn. Once you learn to control a knife so that it doesn’t control you, a wonderful world of cooking awaits. This video will teach young cooks about basic knife skills.

Roast Potatoes

Each Spring, many of our classes grow potatoes with the Spuds in Tubs BC Agriculture in the Classroom program. Their joy when harvesting potatoes is contagious. After counting the harvest, we have helped the students trade their gardening hats for chef toques to cook up their crop. If you want to try growing your own potatoes at home, check out our Potato Planting Activity.

Yield: 6 servings
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 – 40 minutes at 425 F

Read More

Spelt Bread

We love making bread and eating it warm from the oven is such a delight. Practice measuring dry and wet ingredients with this recipe. Spelt is considered an ancient grain and is a type of wheat. Like wheat, spelt contains gluten. Fun fact: In Greek mythology, spelt was a gift to the Greeks from the goddess Demeter. Grab your ingredients and enjoy the wonderful and satisfying process of bread making.

Yield:1 round loaf
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking Time:About 30 – 35 minutes 

Read More

Luscious Lemon Squares

These lemon squares are just simply a good idea. The ingredients are available year-round, the recipe yields 32 squares so there’s plenty to share, and they freeze beautifully. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, they also make the perfect gift to give to someone special. If you keep a stash of these squares in your freezer, you can pull a few out whenever the skies are grey or rainy. You’ll have a bit of sunshine on your plate.

Yield: About 32 squares
Preparation Time: About 45 minutes
Baking Time: First bake for crust: 20 – 25 minutes @ 325 F
Second bake with topping:  25 – 30 minutes @ 325 F

Read More

Lemon Bread Pudding

At Project CHEF, we believe food is too important to waste. Challenge yourself the next time you notice an ingredient or two that you might be tempted to toss. Can it be used to create something new? It makes leftovers so much more fun, and you might end up with a delicious dessert out of it like this one!

Yield : 6 servings
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Read More