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Summer activity ideas: Travel the world from your kitchen!

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Compass Cooks teaches kids how to cook recipes from all over the world, while learning about flavours and culture. They've shared three scrummy recipes ideas to try at home this summer.

Hi! How are you all?

We've just completed our first full summer holiday week and it's been lovely having Poppy around more. Even though, I think she's already getting itchy feet at home and can't wait to get out and play with her friends again!

Entertaining the kiddies is not an easy task throughout the summer holidays. I always find I start the break with great intentions, then by the end of it I'm stuck for inspiration.

That's why, when Compass Cooks said they'd love to write a Guest Blog for Popsy and Mama I was delighted!

Compass Cooks provides monthly cooking subscription boxes for kids

I've been following Compass Cooks for a while and love what they're all about. Every month, Compass Cooks kids receive a box through their front door that includes everything they need to teach them to cook and learn about real food from different countries.

Founders of Compass Cooks, Aaron and Marisa, have kindly shared three of their top recipes for Popsy and Mama blog readers to try at home this summer. I'm sure it'll provide a few new ideas when you're stuck for things to do.

They've also given all Popsy and Mama customers an exclusive 30% off all subscriptions. Just use the code PANDM30 at the checkout. Wow!

Happy cooking.

Sam x



Enjoy travel from your kitchen this summer with these child-friendly recipes from Compass Cooks

Compass Cooks founders
Aaron and Marisa, founders of Compass Cooks

Travel the world with these child-friendly recipes!

We're passionate about travel and the benefits of cooking and believe there's no better place to learn than the kitchen.

At Compass Cooks, we teach kids how to cook recipes from all over the world, learning about flavours and different cultures along the way. Given that most of us won’t be straying too far from home this summer, we’ve developed these delicious recipes to transport the whole family somewhere new.

Each of these dishes are designed to be cooked by children (with supervision of course), so get your aprons on and get the whole family cooking!

Aaron and Marisa x

1. Scrummy Italian Pizzas

This is a super easy dough to make and tastes so authentic! It makes 4 individual pizzas, so everyone can pick their favourite toppings.

Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 7 minutes


250g natural yogurt

300g self-raising flour (250g for dough and 50g for dusting)

80g mozzarella (torn into chunks)

80g cheddar (grated)

Tomato sauce (either shop bought or see our recipe)

Choice of pizza toppings


1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and put two baking trays in to heat up.

2. In a bowl mix 250g of flour and yogurt using a wooden spoon until it forms a ball of dough.

3. Dust half of the remaining 50g of flour onto the work surface. Put the dough ball onto the floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes. It will start to get stretchy and smooth.

4. Split the dough into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a flat pizza shape. Make these as thin as you can.

5. Carefully take the hot baking trays out of the oven. Put one piece of dough on each tray and spread thinly with tomato sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top, decorating with smiley faces using the toppings of your choice!

6. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the bases are crisp. Repeat step 5 to make the next two pizzas.

7. Remove, slice and ENJOY!

2. Middle Eastern Hummus

Delicious taste of the Middle East, to enjoy as a starter with vegetable crudités and pitta.

Our version substitutes tahini for peanut butter, making it super convenient to make using store cupboard ingredients.

Total time: 15 minutes


1 can of chickpeas

1 garlic clove (peeled and chopped)

2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of lemon juice


1. Place the chickpeas, garlic, peanut butter and lemon juice in a food processor and process until smooth.

2. Slowly mix in the olive oil and add a touch of water if the mixture is too lumpy.

3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with your choice of vegetables or pitta and ENJOY!

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Happy little cook

3. American Nice-Cream Banana Split

This healthy version of the famous banana split takes us right back to the U.S.A! It’s time to treat yourself, lay back and dream of Miami.

Prep time: 15 minutes Freezing time: 4 hours


4 x ripe bananas (cut and freeze for 2 hours) plus 1 for the split

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and other mix-ins

Decorate with nuts, fruit or anything else you’ve got in


1. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment.

2. Blend the frozen bananas adding vanilla essence and cocoa.

3. Pour into the loaf tin, decorate with yummy extra bits and freeze for 2 hours.

4. Take out the freezer, split your extra banana, add a scoop of the nice-cream.

5. Let your little chef decorate to their heart's content and ENJOY!


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How wonderful! We’ll definitely be trying the pizza recipe Xx


Ooo delicious ideas to try with the littles 😋 xx

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