Rock n Roll the night away

Tonight was Made 2 Dance first week back after half term, the group enjoyed the first half of the session giving feedback from their most recent theatre to trip to see the pantomime version of Wizard of Oz. Which lead to some great discussion and ideas for the group. Made 2 Dance are getting very excited about their production, in fact the young person that is playing Dorothy brought in her shoes she brought from the internet to show the group, they were all very excited.

Aren’t they just beautiful

We then shifted our focus to something slightly different and the group have decided to do a funny dance and video for Comic Relief. Made 2 Dance teachers taught the group some Rock N Roll. There was certainly lots of laughing, spinning, sliding, lifting and clapping. The group LOVED doing Rock N Roll. Its amazing how much fun it is. So make sure you watch our Video Clip which will hopefully be up just in time for Comic Relief. Make sure you get your red nose!!!!

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Last week during the half term holiday Rathbone went on a trip to Catford Broadway Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz, Pantomime style version created by Blue Star productions. We met at Rathbone Office is West Norwood and made our way to Catford. It was a bitterly cold day but the group were in good spirits and looking forward to a trip to the theatre. We managed to get a quick bite to eat and made our way to our seats. The theatre was full of other schools and youth groups cheering and singing along to the music. Rathbone got involved with the singing at the start and also got involved with the hissing and booing of the wicked witch of the west. The Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy and Scarecrow made their way to the Wizard of Oz with some great choreography and use of lighting. The production really inspired the group and many of them want to return back to the theatre in the next half term.

Follow the yellow brick road…..

Last week during the half term holiday Rathbone went on a trip to Catford Broadway Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz,  created by Blue Star productions in a pantomime version of the musical. We met at Rathbone Office in West Norwood and made our way to Catford. It was a bitterly cold day but the group were in good spirits and looking forward to a trip to the theatre. We managed to get a quick bite to eat and made our way to our seats. The theatre was full of other schools and youth groups cheering and singing along to the music. Rathbone got involved with the singing  and certainly made their voices heard with the hissing and booing at the wicked witch of the west. The Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy and Scarecrow made their way to the Wizard of Oz with some great choreography and use of lighting. The production really inspired the group and many of them said they are looking forward to creating Made 2 Dance version. So watch this space………………….

Rock Cakes

Today we made rock cakes. They’re not the prettiest of cakes but they taste good and are loads of fun to make.

To make them you will need:

225g Self raising flour
75g Caster Sugar
1tsp Baking Powder
125g Unsalted Butter
150g Dried Fruit
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Milk
                                                                                    2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract.


Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you really need it to make the mixture stick together.


Then divide the dough into small golf ball sized pieces and put on a greased tray.

Put in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave them to cool and dust with icing sugar .
Then enjoy either on there own or with some jam and clotted cream.

Tortellini with Spinach and Ricotta

Today at Come Dine With Us we made Tortellini which was stuffed with ricotta and spinach.

Here are the ingredients:
Fresh pasta sheets
200g Spinach
200g Ricotta
30g Grated Parmesan
salt and Pepper
Firstly mix the ricotta, parmesan, salt and pepper and mix until smooth.
Then cook the spinach in a saucepan for a couple of minutes and add to the ricotta mix.
Then make small parcels by putting some of the ricotta and spinach on a pasta sheet and folding it and sealing around the edges with a fork.

We then put the parcels in a glass tray and poured a sage butter over them, simply made by melting butter and adding sage and pepper.
We then covered in foil and put in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Winter Salad 
We also made a wonderful winter salad with the following ingredients:
Red onion
Green cabbage
Grated carrots
Radish
Beetroot
Mange Tout
Spinach
All these were thinly sliced and put in a bowl.
We then made a dressing using:
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Two Garlic Cloves (crushed)
Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper
We mixed together all these ingredients to make the salad.
Here is the finished Tortellini with a winter salad.

The group really enjoyed the meal because of the interesting textures and flavors. 

This is a great meal on a busy day because it is quick but incredibly tasty and healthy.

Flippin’ Pancakes

Its Pancake day and what better way to celebrate than the flip-a-pancake challenge.
The group made a deal: if you can flip your pancake you can eat it, what better motivation!

First we had to whip up a batter:

120g/4oz plain flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs
210ml/7fl oz skimmed milk
90ml water

First mix the flour and salt in a bowl then crack in the two eggs and beat into the flour.
Mix the milk and water together and gradually add to the flour and egg and mix until a smooth consistency.

Lightly grease a frying pan and pour in some of the batter. cook for about 45 seconds on one side then attempt to flip! or you could just use a palette knife to turn the pancakes but that would be to easy!

This mix should make 6 pancakes.
 Here are some of the group having a go at flipping their pancakes:

Fantastic flipping

 Not all of them went to plan but they still tasted good.

We topped our pancakes with the classic lemon and sugar but you can put whatever you like on them!

Have fun flippin’!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Last week was chinese new year so we decided to create a chinese feast to celebrate!

The group made vegetable noodles with chilli and ginger, egg fried rice, BBQ spare ribs and sweet chilli chicken wings.

The vegetable noodles were simple but tasty, here’s how we did them:
 You will need:  Fresh Noodles
                        Soya Sauce
                        Chillies (We used medium hot red chillies)
                        Fresh Ginger
                        Fresh Garlic (2 cloves)
                        Chinese 5 spice
                        Beansprouts
                        Spring Onion
                        Pak Choi
                        Broccoli
                        Carrots
                        Waterchesnuts
Then:
Slice up all vegetables into strips or bitesize pieces, crush the garlic and grate the ginger.
Heat about 2 tspoons of oil in a wok and add the vegetables, chillies, ginger and garlic and cook for a two minutes whilst continually stirring.
Then add the soya sauce and chinese five spice then the noodles and cook for another two minutes.
Then serve!
This is quick, fresh and delicious and the group really enjoyed them!

The egg fried rice was really simple too: add cooked rice, peas and soya sauce to a preheated wok and pour in an already beaten egg. Then stir until the egg is cooked through.

Come Dine With Us has a little confession…the marinades for the ribs and chicken wings were shop bought but hey, we’re a busy bunch and they still tasted incredible.

The Group tucking in after a hard days work!

Update from Youth Group

Today the group enjoyed making Valentines for their loved ones, they made some very special cards, I hope the recipients appreiciate their massive efforts. The tuck shop was in full swing as usual and they are all working hard to turning that money into profits to buy some more games or trips for the youth club. After the tuck was closed one of the Youth club workers led a workshop and discussion on bullying. The group discussed different types of bullying and identifying when it happens and how and who to report it to. After the discussion the group all enjoyed making pancakes!!!!!! The group managed to weighed their ingredients and took it in turns to flip their pancakes. Some members created some wonderful toppings. Next week is half term and the group are looking forward to a trip to Broadway Theatre in Catford to see the Wizard of Oz!!!!












Dancing Wizard

Here is a message from Made 2 Dance group -The studio has a new sprung dance floor and its great to dance on it makes dancing much easier. Today we danced to the Wizard of Oz song ” Follow the Yellow brick road” We all worked and danced together as a team. We all worked very hard. We are working towards The Wizard of Oz for our next show.Before we did the choreography we practised the skipping routine in pairs up and down the studio. That was then used in the routine later on in the class.  At the start of the class we received a letter about our trip to Catford, Broadway theatre. We are looking forward to this show, its gonna rock!!!!!!!

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