Foodini’s mission is to encourage children and families to cook and eat together, using seasonal, healthy and nutritious food. In our busy lives, it’s brilliant to see a product that encourages shopping, cooking and eating together. There may seem to be many similar products on the market, so you might ask ‘Why Foodini?’. Well, they are fruit and vegetable based, focusing on seasonal ingredients and offer two recipes every month. The packs include all the dry ingredients and come with a clear tick-box shopping list for each recipe so you and your child can go shopping together, helping children to make the right choices – or maybe you can use some fruit and vegetables already at home thus reducing waste. On the back of the shopping list there is space for notes. Your child will also learn to weigh out the ingredients rather than having them pre-packaged. The recipes are not restricted to GF foods, include an activity pack and the illustrated child-led step-by-step cards are different to all other similar companies on the market.
The recipes are very easy to follow with every stage listed step-by-step and illustrated in detail. The products come packed in an envelope – I realise this keeps packing costs down but a box would be more convenient, especially for young children, so they can see what is there without having to tip it all out, but it’s a minor issue. It didn’t fit our letter box but the pack can be delivered to a safe place. The bright red envelope did fit the theme of our box which was Chinese New Year – it struck me that the topical theming would work well for home educators who can schedule this in with other learning. The recipes in our pack were Spring Rolls and Pigapple Puffs. I like the fact that the recipe cards can be kept and collected for future use. They also contain really useful information on the back, about the ingredients used, topical information and other recipe hints. To enhance the theme, we received a set of chopsticks and a craft kit to make dancing dragons – this is great fun. The inclusion of so many extras really sets Foodini boxes apart from others and provides a well-rounded product which, certainly in this case, will enhance interest in other cultures. The Foodini Postal Club boxes cost from £10 a month and can be ordered from the Foodini website. It includes: 2 Recipe Packs (1 sweet, 1 Savoury) with dry & store cupboard ingredients and recipe cards; dry ingredients (i.e. flours/grain/spices/herbs/seeds etc); itemised illustrated shopping lists & measurements guide; activity pack – a craft or growing activity. It’s all environmentally friendly. There are also lots of other products available – find out more here. A really well thought-out product which stands out from others on the market.