Cooking with Karyn and Caitlin

January 2022

We have some great cooking videos for you these school holidays.


Karyn and Caitlin cooked up a storm and we have the first of their video series designed for kids to cook along to. This time around they whipped up some tasty scone based scrolls.



  • 300 g (2 cups) self-raising flour
  • 90 g butter chilled, roughly chopped
  • 150 ml (150g) milk 
  • 5 tbs Vegemite 
  • 150 g grated cheddar cheese plus extra to put on top
  • 4 tbs Pesto (home made or store bought) 



  • Deep oven trays 
  • Baking paper 
  • Wooden board
  • Sharp knife 
  • Sifter/sieve 



  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius (fan-forced).
  2. Line deep baking tray with baking paper, and set aside until needed.
  3. Sift the self-raising flour into a bowl.
  4. Add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  5. Add the milk and mix gently with your fingers until the mixture forms a dough.
  6. Knead the dough, on a lightly floured cutting board, until smooth.
  7. Roll the dough into a long rectangular shape, about 1 cm thick.
  8. Spread the Vegemite or pesto over the dough, leaving a 1cm border.
  9. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the Vegemite or pesto. 
  10. Starting from the long edge of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 3 cm slices.
  12. Place the slices, cut side up, into the prepared tin.
  13. Sprinkle with extra cheese if you like.
  14. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. The scrolls will sound hollow when tapped once baked.
  15. Leave the scrolls to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


The scrolls can be stored in a refrigerated, airtight container for up to 2 days. Alternatively, they can be frozen, in an airtight container, or resealable bags, for up to 3 months.

Keep an eye on this spot as we have more Karyn and Caitlin videos to come...

In the meantime, here are a couple of videos and recipes from a previous online school holiday program, that have proven quite popular.

Cooking classes with Scoffed

We have worked with the amazing chefs at Scoffed Cooking School to bring you and your families some culinary education. There are two quick and easy recipes that are perfect for little or big chefs to try making at home. Cooking with children and young people is great for learning time management and mathematics, as well as bringing you some delicious snacks to try.

How to Make Flat Breads From Scratch


Download the Flatbread recipe(PDF, 669KB)

How to Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls


Download the Protein Balls recipe(PDF, 200KB)


Recommended books for cooking with kids

And some recommendations for books for either cooking with kids or great simple recipes to try.

Easy peasy: real cooking for kids by Mary Contini and Pru Irvine  

Easy Peasy! : real cooking for kids

by Mary Contini and Pru irvine

Including clear instructions and information about the basics of cooking and utensils, as well as safety in the kitchen, these recipes are designed for children to cook with an adult. But once they have gained confidence and experience, kids will be able to cook many of them confidently on their own. From Cheesy Easy Peasy Pasta, Tooty Fruity Chicken Curry and Moorish Carrot Salad to Portobello Burgers, Scrumptious Slappleberry and Spanish Omelette, this is a fun and informative approach to cooking.

Request a print copy via our catalogue

Kitchen garden cooking with kids by Stephanie Alexander  

Kitchen garden cooking with kids

by Stephanie Alexander with Anna Dollard

Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids tells the story of the beginnings of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project from its first years at Collingwood College up to the end of 2011.

It records the challenges and the milestones experienced, and offers practical advice to schools and communities interested in establishing their own kitchen garden. It also includes more than 100 recipes that have all been cooked by kitchen garden students in a format designed to encourage cooking with children either at home or in the classroom.

Request a print copy via our catalogue

Basics to brilliance Kids by Donna Hay  

Basics to brilliance : kids

by Donna Hay

Australia's Number 1 Bestselling cookbook author returns with a major TV-tie in cookbook for the modern family who love to eat, cook, celebrate and have fun together. Basics to Brilliance Kids is the latest gorgeous new book from Australia's bestselling cookbook author, Donna Hay, to accompany her new TV series of the same name which will show on Foxtel in October 2017. As a mum, Donna knows that there is nothing more enjoyable than introducing your children to the wonders of taste, food and flavours. Her new book highlights the importance of mastering the basics, celebrates fresh, healthy food, and the joy of cooking, eating and sharing delicious food with the people we love. Featuring over 120 fantastic, fun-filled, simple, family-friendly recipes, Basics to Brilliance Kids gives you and your kids endless ideas for birthday parties, picnics, school fairs and bake sales, family and celebration dinners, brilliant breakfasts, beach days, backyard movie nights and sleepovers.

Request a print copy via our catalogue

Half-hour hungries by Sabrina Parrini  

Half-hour hungries : 36 awesome dishes for kids to make when time is short! 

by Sabrina Parrini

Half-hour Hungries gets kids into the kitchen with quick-to-make and fun recipes. The book is designed to get kids cooking in the kitchen with a selection of easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes that will take no more than 30 minutes to get from the pages of the book to the plate or bowl — from savoury snacks including Nacho Popcorn, Cheesy Twists, Chicken Satay Sticks and Corn Muffins, to more substantial fare when the hunger really hits, including a Risoni Bake, Burritos and the easiest most tasty Mac n' Cheese.

Request a print copy via our catalogue

Request a digital copy through Overdrive in our eLibrary
The complete cookbook for young chefs  

The complete cookbook for young chefs

by America's Test Kitchen Kids

Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro—it's easier than you think.

For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels—including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.

Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen

Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

Request a digital copy through Overdrive in our eLibrary 

Mermaid cookbook by Barbara Beery  

Mermaid cookbook

by Barbara Beery

Dive into this new cookbok by bestselling children's book author Barbara Beery! Mermaid Cookbook offers themed recipes perfect for mermaid, ocean voyage, treasure island, and pirate parties for kids. The book brings magic and whimsy to the kitchen, teaching kids to create fun snacks and tasty treats while learning valuable cooking skills. Perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers, or afternoon playtime, Mermaid Cookbook offers an abundance of playful recipes including Paradise Pineapple Fruit Dip, Sea Foam Floats, Treasure Island Trail Mix, Goldfish Gorp, Mermaid Hair Salad, Sea Turtle Cookies, Little Luau Cakes, Water Fairy Ice Pops, Rainbow Fish Fudge, and more. Mermaid Cookbook is sure to make a big splash with your little ones!

 Request a digital copy through Overdrive in our eLibrary



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