October 6, 2016

Kids learn so many things through cooking, says teacher James Clode, from communication and teamwork to measuring, basic maths and nutrition, which is why he loves cooking with his three daughters.

James started his YouTube channel, Dad’s Apron, three months ago as something to do with his kids during the school holidays.

“When my wife Claire went back to work, I had the holidays with the kids and I wanted to do some fun activities with them, and to get them in the kitchen,” he says.

“We started cooking together, just little snacks or sweet treats that they could help to make themselves.”

James says his three daughters, Charlotte, seven, Grace, five, and Abigail, three, really enjoy the cooking sessions although he says they’re under no obligation to comply.

“It’s not scripted, but we tell the girls beforehand what we’re going to be making,” he says.

“It’s generally pretty smooth, although there are times when I’ve asked Grace to put in the sugar and she’ll say no. But generally they enjoy getting in there and doing it, and they just do their thing, unless one of them is distracted by a toy or something.

“We don’t force them – one time Charlotte didn’t feel like being on camera and that’s always fine. It’s up to them.”

Claire does the camera work and creates all the recipes, from Disney’s “Frozen” jelly cups to chocolate brownies, egg and bacon snack baskets and herbie crackers, while James does the editing and leads the cooking on camera.

“We have friends who say they watch the videos and make the recipes every week which is really lovely,” says Claire.

“We also like watching them back and we have a laugh together at the girls’ antics.”

“It’s family time for us, we’re all there together and I think it helps us to stay connected,” says James.

“We chat about life, what’s going on at school and it’s fun to eat the snacks together.”

Dad’s Apron has made around 20 episodes so far and James says they have committed to releasing one every Tuesday.

“It’s amazing how much the girls have changed already since we started, so I also think it will be nice for us to look back on,” says James.

“We use Instagram to share our recipes to the greater community and link to our Youtube channel, so there’s a marketing element that I enjoy. If the opportunity arose and the interest continues to grow we would consider monetising Dad’s Apron but at this stage it’s more for fun.

“Generally it takes us a couple of hours to film it on a Sunday morning, or some weeks we’ll film two episodes at once.”

The girls say they like cooking and seeing themselves on the TV afterwards.

“The best part is the end, when we get to eat,” says Charlotte.


Banana berry muffins

This recipe is easy to make and a healthy snack for the lunchbox or after school.

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)
2 ripe bananas
½ cup olive oil
2 eggs
½ cup plain yoghurt
½ cup brown sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
Pinch of cinnamon
½ punnet of strawberries, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin baking tray with muffin cases.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the oil, eggs, yoghurt, sugar, flour, cinnamon and strawberries.
  5. Mix together by folding gently until combined.
  6. Fill the muffin cases half to three-quarters full of the mixture, and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before eating.

Check out the Dad’s Apron channel on YouTube, follow instagram.com/dadsapron/ or facebook.com/dadsapron

Photo by Andrew Finch

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