Cook Badge



Complete clauses 1, 2 and 3 and then choose three others from the list.


1. Design a poster or set of postcards, or make up a short mime or drama, to show how accidents can happen in the kitchen and/or the importance of good hygiene.

2. Explain what you understand by the term ‘healthy eating'. Draw up a week's healthy eating menu for your family. Show it as a wall chart or similar, and highlight the number of portions from each food group.

3. Find out about particular diets that people might follow for health reasons. Cook a dish that is suitable for one of the following diets: diabetic, gluten free, low fat, lactose free.

4. Cook one of your family's favourite dishes.

5. Cook a traditional dish from a country other than the UK.

6. For a group of friends or your family, make a main course using convenience foods and then make the same dish entirely from fresh ingredients. For example, spaghetti bolognese can be made using a ready-mix sauce or from fresh ingredients like tomatoes, garlic and basil - you could even try using fresh pasta. Explain which tasted better, and why. How did the cost of the two dishes compare?

7. Plan, cook and serve a meal for a group of friends, your Patrol or your family.

8. Make a dish using a specialist piece of cooking equipment, eg microwave, slow cooker, ice cream maker, bread machine, pasta maker, blender or griddle.

9. Be prepared to show the correct and safe use of equipment, such as a chopping board or knives, by making two dishes that show your basic skills at cooking. For example, you could make a salad, a fruit salad, or a ratatouille.



Tip box

Safety tip
Take care when using sharp knives or hot cooking equipment.

Got a taste for cooking?
Check out Go For It! Healthy eating with your Patrol.

See BBC food for some delicious ideas or
BBC nutrition for healthy eating and dietary information.

Have a look at the On Your Marks... activity pack for a few unusual recipes you might not have tried before - ever had a tropical fruitOn Your Marks badge salad, or fried bananas? Ask your Leader about the pack.

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