I have a gorgeous 11 year old daughter and we love to cook together. At the moment she is in the kitchen making a chocolate packet cake mix into cupcakes for a playdate she is going to tomorrow.. I've turned on the oven and she will do the rest.
This isn't the most gourmet offering but she's doing it herself and it's a very frugal afternoon's entertainment for her...she has already painted a canvas as well and been swimming.
I think teaching kids to cook is important for a host of reasons. It teaches them that dinner doesn’t magically appear courtesy of the dinner fairy, it teaches them about nutrition and ingredients, it teaches organisation, measurement and planning. Most importantly it teaches them how to feed themselves.
My daughter’s repertoire now includes:
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Spagetti and meatballs
- Pasta salad
- Scrambled eggs and bacon
- Various sandwich fillings such as chicken salad and tuna salad
- Toblerone Mousse
- Various confections (eg truffles, caramel popcorn etc)
- Chicken Satay and Nasi Goreng
- Vietnamese Spring rolls
- Tartare sauce
She has done menus and run her own restaurant at home for my husband and I twice now creating a three course meal.
She likes the independence and the control cooking gives her. I like to think if I got sick or was incapacitated that she would not starve.
What are your favourite meals to cook with kids? We are always looking for new ideas here.