Northumbria University & Crackers Soft Play

This month has seen a couple of new and exciting ventures for Baker Be.

‘Good Grub on a Budget’ workshops at Northumbria University

Northumbria University offers a whole host of amazing activities to welcome its Freshers. As part of the Fresher’s week I offered a couple of workshops where students could come along and make healthy juices and smoothies and nutritional wraps. I wanted to show that eating well does not have to be expensive. I also wanted to show how versatile the humble wrap can be… savoury, sweet, a pizza base, a quesadilla, a toastie… The students went away with a recipe sheet and a free tea!

For the ‘Returner’s week I again offered the wrap making part of the workshop which I did outside at it was a lovely evening. I ran out of everything after only 45 mins! I’m under no illusion that where there is free food there will always be lots of interested folk, however, many of the students were really enthusiastic about taking on board my hints and tips for eating healthily. I was asked all sorts of questions such as “How do I cut the avocado?” “How do you make guacamole?” “Can you explain how to use the wrap as a pizza base?”…


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It was great to work with students and I would love to offer some ‘Basic cooking skills’ workshops to teach students how to make the basics such as an omelette, bolognaise. Lots of students go to university without any cooking skills so it’s no surprise that they don’t end up eating well. My friend, for example, told me how she didn’t know how to strain the rice she’d boiled and tried to do it using a t-towel! So, watch this space – I’m on a mission!

Crackers Soft Play and Baker Be collaboration

This month also saw me undertaking my first Crackers and Baker Be school trip collaboration. Louise, the Manager at Crackers Soft Play, Haltwhistle, and I both feel strongly about promoting child health through exercise and healthy eating, so we’ve joined forces. We are offering schools the opportunity to book a trip where children can combine indoor play – “exercise in disguise” where children play at their own pace and in a safe and secure facility – with a ‘Discover, Design, Devour’ Baker Be workshop. The children taste a range of healthy foods and learn where they come from, discuss the food groups and how to eat a balanced diet and design, make and eat their own sandwich.

Our first booking was with Whitley Chapel and this is what they had to say:

“The workshops delivered by you today were completely in line with our current Science topic of Being Healthy. The combination of Discover, Design and Devour was a great one and gave me a great chance to assess their understanding of the topic so far. They thoroughly enjoyed the “design and build” and then eat! The geography lesson was spot on and tasting brought out the best in the children (with the school cook carefully noting the popularity of the oat cakes!). It was a relaxed chance to enjoy being with the children instead of leading them myself.

Thank you for a great time and the enjoyment of visiting the Healthy Eating part of our topic in such a practical way. On our return to school, we checked our plans for a balanced plate of food and made models of their planned “balanced meal” so they’ve had a day of total immersion in Food!

The choice of ingredients was excellent and I really appreciated the extent of the preparation that you put in. I shall be recommending you! Thanks again.”

It’s so lovely to get such great feedback.


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Here’s to an even more fun packed October!

Until next time.




Posted on: 30th Sep 2016