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Kids cook scrummy spuds

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• Howick and Pakuranga Times

HOT STUFF: Michael opens his tasty topping, Kasper Otto watches over Todd while he heats his beans, Tina gets a helping hand from Michael. Times photos Jackie Russell.

HOT STUFF: Michael opens his tasty topping, Kasper Otto watches over Todd while he heats his beans, Tina gets a helping hand from Michael. Times photos Jackie Russell.

COOKING wholesome food from scratch is a domestic art many people have lost in a society where instant gratification is a popular lifestyle choice.

However, students at Pakuranga Children’s Health Camp in Half Moon Bay have learnt how easy it is to make tasty tucker that fills them up and it’s good for them.

Starting with a humble potato, the students learnt how to bake spuds in their jackets and add toppings, transforming an ordinary vegetable into a piece of irresistible Kiwiana cuisine.

The youngsters stay at the Health Camp for a term and a large component of their time includes developing life skills.

Baked beans and cheese are favourite toppings for 11-year-old Michael. At the end of his stay at the camp he was given a ‘Crazy Potato Lovers Pack’ full of baking potatoes from Turners and Growers and cans of Watties beans and creamed corn.

There was also a magnet with information on how to use the Watties products to make a meal with potatoes, a Crazy Potato Lovers brochure and a sheet of “I can bake a potato so I can make a meal” stickers.

Michael was excited about the bag of goodies and planned to show family members his spud skills when he returned home.