We want you to channel the inner chef that lives inside all of us! That’s why we’d like to invite you to participate in the I Casvi Christmas Recipes’ Contest, sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, in which you will not only showcase your creativity through cooking; but also by editing the video you’ll be making in order to show off your recipes.
As the great cook and writer Thomas Keller used to say: ‘A recipe has no soul. It is the cook who must give soul to the recipe.’ And that’s what we’re looking for in our students, at every stage. We want them to bring out the best in themselves and display their originality. Children also learn through touching, testing, feeling, smelling and listening. That’s why they love hands-on activities in the kitchen.
Steps to follow
- Prepare a Christmas recipe with or without help
- Record a video showing how you did it.
- Send it through Teams, before December 13, to email@example.com.
- From 14th to 18th Dec (until 17:00 p.m), you can vote for your favorite on Casvi’s Instagram account
- The recipe with the most ‘likes’ will be the winner.
Many artists spend days on end in their workshops creating magnificent works of art. On the other hand, great chefs spend long hours absorbed in their kitchens as if they were labs. The art of cooking helps us develop many creative skills. Additionally,it’s also useful to learn about different cultures, relax and spend quality time with your family.
Benefits of cooking together as a family
They’re really amazing. The kitchen is a fantastic place to teach and develop the skills of the little ones. Let’s use this as an opportunity to spend family time doing something original and very effective. It will bring you the following benefits:
- Developing strong communication skills. During the preparation of a recipe, we must have conversations so that they can learn to listen and reason.
- It improves self-confidence by doing tasks that are normally performed by adults.
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- It’s fun. The main objective is that we enjoy the activity together; we need to have a good time when cooking.
- They learn about nutrition and also to distinguish healthy food from unhealthy food.
- Teamwork. Learning to cooperate is very important for children’s lifelong learning.
- They learn new textures, which helps them face learning with an open mind.
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- Fine motor skills. It’s encouraged through the use of kitchen utensils, which is essential in the early stages of growth.
- They dare to try new foods. The fact that they make their own recipes will help them do it. It’s easier to get closer to the known than to the unknown.
- Autonomy. After making recipes together, children begin to develop autonomy that will help them perform other more complicated tasks.
- Early concepts of mathematics and science. They are forced to use measurement systems and know common physical and chemical processes during the cooking process.
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Tips on how to make a good video
- Choose the tool: Either with an animation program, by recording with a camera, or in a screen cast.
- Write and draw the concept: Create the text and imagine how it might look on screen.
- Look for a recording location: The most important thing is to control the light, and if you are going to do it outdoors, keep an eye on the weather conditions.
- Record and edit the video: A simple way to do it is by using a smartphone with good recording capabilities. There are also a variety of free editors.
- Add music and graphics: Search for help on pages like audiojungle.net or graphicriver.net , which can contribute to make your video look more professional. This can make a big difference.