Last week, our Community Culinary Club enjoyed their last session cooking together. Throughout the academic year, students from BVIS Primary and Secondary School and the Little Rose Warm Shelter have been learning about culinary arts and one another, recipe by recipe. The LRWS students are the experts when it comes to traditional Vietnamese cooking. Every other week, a different traditional dish has been chosen and our students learn from the girls at LRWS how to prepare these dishes as a team. “They have taught us so many delicious dishes; Bun Bo Hue, Bo Kho – they are so good!” says Thanh Ngan, Y5 BVIS student at BVIS. On alternate weeks, the BVIS students chose a variety of international dishes and worked together to translate the recipes from English, to Vietnamese in order to work in their teams to produce yummy delicacies, like English Scones and Cinnamon Rolls.
This has been a learning experience for everyone involved. All of the students have learned new recipes and gained a better sense of global and Vietnamese culture through cooking. Most importantly, the children have learned more about each other. “They are like our big sisters,” says Tuan, a Y6 student, reflecting on his time in the club. Our gratitude also goes to the Black Cat staff in our BVIS canteen, who donated all of this year’s ingredients, as well as gave their time and energy to advise the children on the different recipes. They have also kept our students safe in the kitchen all year long. And a special mention to Ms Joanna Mearing for joining our club this year and inspiring us all with her love of British foods. We hope to enjoy more clubs and learning opportunities with the girls from LRWS in the future. They have warmed our tummies with their delicious recipes and their friendship has warmed our hearts.