February Badge of the Month: Cooking

Written by The Hive Team

Each month we're going to feature a 'Badge of the Month' that members of The Hive can try together. The idea is that even though we're an online group, we can still all come together to do the same thing and share our experiences, tips and thoughts on it.

For our eighth Badge of the Month, we are going to focus on ‘Cooking’, which is a Rangers interest badge. This badge is part of the Be Well theme and is an important life skill to learn for the future (and you get to eat lots of tasty food as well!)

We've set out the syllabus below and would love it if you gave it a go and updated us with your progress. Be sure to send pictures into our Facebook/Instagram channels to show us what you have cooked!


1. Make your favourite meal healthy

Choose three of your favourite (but not so healthy!) meals. Work out how you can make the same meal healthier – yet still super tasty. For example, your curry could lose the cream, or use yogurt instead.

Have a go at making at least one of the healthier meals you’ve come up with.

2. Discover new foods

Set yourself a week-long challenge to cook nutritious meals, eat healthy foods and try healthier ingredients you haven’t had before.

Aim to broaden your tastes by adding new ingredients to meals, trying new cooking methods and learning new skills in the kitchen. For example: poach eggs, grill food instead of frying, use spices instead of salt and find unrefined alternatives to sugar to sweeten food.

Create reviews of your food and present these visually in any way you want.

3. Make a recipe book

Use the recipes from challenges one and two. Why not ask your friends and family to share their favourites too? You can theme your book (ie. vegetarian), or have different sections for different types of recipes.

Share your recipe book online or make a physical book ready to take to university or use at home. You could even gift it to a friend or family member if you want to!

Read the full syllabus and some more tips on the Girlguiding website, here.

Got an idea for our March Badge of the Month? Let us know on Instagram and Facebook!

Happy badging!

The Hive Team

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