As we are nearing the end of our first year of running Fun Little Foodies classes, we have been looking back at all the things we needed to do to get our classes up and running. When we first thought about running cooking classes, we looked into buying a franchise. We looked at lots of options as well as cooking, but it the end we decided we would challenge ourselves and Start from Scratch. There is a lot to be said for this approach – and a lot of hard work too! As teachers, we had absolutely no idea about how to run a business! We learnt everything from scratch, and are still very much learning! However, we found that we absolutely loved the creativity and freedom it gave us. If we want to do something or change something… we can! Starting from scratch meant that we needed a name, a logo, a business plan, a venue and countless recipes, activities, stories, games and songs! We have been so lucky to have eachother to bounce ideas off and have enjoyed thinking of everything which has built our business, all by ourselves!
In fact, one of the key principles of our cooking classes is the idea of Starting from Scratch. When you cook from scratch, you know exactly what you are putting into your food. Using less sugar and salt is one obvious benefit of this! We try, wherever possible, to teach our Little Foodies how to make simple things from scratch, for example, bread, pastry, scones etc. Again, like anything else, cooking from scratch allows for so much more freedom that ready made food. You can add things that you like, and leave out the bits you don’t like!
Sometimes having the confidence to start from scratch is all you need to start a new adventure!