Children and teenagers cook dishes from all over the world

Adendorf Youth Club
Children and teenagers cook dishes from all over the world

In the Adendorf Youth Club, young gourmets bring a variety of dishes from all over the world to the table as part of an international culinary project. For some, this is their first food preparation experience.

The youth club in Adendorf, known for short as JuTA, smells of fresh vegetables, meat and spices. Adriana Demary, an educator at the Catholic Youth Agency and a project manager at a youth club, is standing in a small kitchen with several children and a Fynn intern, looking at a recipe. As part of an international culinary project, the team also cooked an enchilada, a traditional Mexican dish.

“They come in many varieties,” said the 28-year-old. “We opted for an enchilada stuffed with minced meat in tomato sauce.” After filling and seasoning classic wheat tortillas with sauce, young connoisseurs want to bake them with cheese. This and similar food events have been taking place on Monday afternoons as a community event for some time. “The project has been well received and the children are enjoying it,” said Demary. “We plan together and I will get the ingredients.”

A healthy attitude to food

On the following Monday, everyone starts their preparations together, taking turns standing at the stove or oven, and then setting the table together. In addition to fun and enjoyment, the project has many positive effects on children, said the youth worker. Many children develop a healthy relationship to food because they “know what’s in it” and how to prepare it. “In addition, in many homes, children no longer see the cooking process,” says Demary.

At JuTA, they experience that cooking and dining together are also part of family and social interaction. The set includes a view of the surroundings. “When possible, we try to buy regionally and in ecological quality,” said Demary.

There is no shortage of recipe ideas

Adolescents have plenty of recipe ideas for countries around the world, but the handling of knives and rollers can be completely different, the project manager said. “There are children who have never had the opportunity to cut vegetables themselves for food,” said the young woman. You’d have to exercise a little first. Others saw the recipe, reached into cupboards and drawers, and just started on their own. “Sometimes they cook almost complete dishes,” Demary describes the different requirements.

If fewer children come to eat than the calculated ingredients, JuTA’s no problem. “After a culinary event, young people always come to the meeting point,” said the education specialist with a smile. They grow, so hardly anything remains.

The project is also well received by parents

The world map on the wall showed several landmarks. Indonesian Nasz Goreng, Turkish Gözleme or Shakschuka, which are usually eaten in North Africa and Israel, landed on the JuTA table. The latter is a poached egg dish in tomato, onion, chili or paprika sauce. You don’t have to worry that the campaign will end soon, says Demary. The project is still very popular with children and “there are still so many countries”.

There are a total of seven youth clubs in Wachtberg with different patrons. The youth club in Fritzdorf is currently closed due to renovation works following the flood. According to the press spokesman of the municipality of Margrit Märtens, work is still underway to cover the side entrance. It is not yet finally settled when the meeting will reopen its doors.

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