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Junior Cooking Program

Jan 25 2017

From tortillas and salsa to scavenger hunts, music and sombreros...our teaching kitchen started off 2017 with a bang through our Mexican Day at Holsworthy OOSH!

As part of The Junction Works' school holiday program, 30 kids got their hands dirty with arts, crafts and outdoor activities, as well as Mexican cooking. On the menu was beef, salsa and tortillas, using fresh produce from our community garden, which got the kids excited about cultural cooking and healthy practices. Overall, our junior chefs enjoyed the rich, creative class - and seeing first-hand the garden to kitchen process.

Sweet treats from the kitchen

Sep 29 2016

This week, our Monday Beginner's Class spent the morning getting creative by decorating and completing some rather extraordinary cupcakes.

The catering guys were challenged to learn about different icings, finding out which would be best to roll and pipe, in addition to learning numerous piping techniques.

In the process, they discovered foods that could be used in cupcake topping, with different textures and visual appeal, before choosing ingredients to use in creating a unique sweet-treat.

Combined with delicious smells, brightly-coloured icings, sweet tastes and various textures, the class certainly stimulated senses and had the guys eager to participate! Each of our clients surpassed our expectations by creating multiple cupcakes, which were then judged based on Most Creative, Most Inventive, Best Decorated, Best Presented, Best Piped and the top of all categories.

We had the pleasure of supporting one of our clients in this class to achieve her goal of learning the art of cake decorating.



• 3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature (should be very soft)
• 1-1/4 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 Tbsp. vanilla
• 2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
• 1 cup milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.

2. With an electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Beat in sugar, then eggs and vanilla until smooth.

3. Stop mixer. Dump flour, baking powder and salt on top of vanilla cupcake batter. Turn mixer on low and gradually add milk to the batter. Mix just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix or cupcakes will turn out tough.

4. Use an ice cream scoop to portion cupcake batter into muffin tins. Bake 20-22 minutes until cupcakes are firm to the touch.

5. Let vanilla cupcakes cool 5 minutes in muffin tins. Remove from muffin tins, and let vanilla cupcakes cool completely before frosting

About Us

The Works Teaching Kitchen is based at The Junction Works' Austral Service Centre and offers numerous cooking and catering education programs for people living with a disability.

These programs seek to develop skills in hospitality, as well as enrich community participation and support independence.

The Works Teaching Kitchen currently offers dynamic programs to develop skills in:
  • Understanding food sustainability
  • Time preparation & budgeting
  • Customer service
  • Kitchen operations
  • Food storage and hygiene
  • Safe kitchen practices
  • Food transportation
  • Creating a menu
  • Nutrition
  • Team Work
  • Handling of tools
  • Advanced hospitality
  • Barista training

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