Ah, school holidays the good and the "not so good"! One thing we implemented a while ago in my house is that the boys share cooking duties during the holidays. You can see Max making Thai fish cakes and Joe creating the base for the gravy during the roast pork cook.
Now I appreciate that cooking with kids is often exhausting and stressful and it takes a LONG time before it's a help
rather than a hindrance. And even now there are times when I just have to shut my eyes and take a deep breath. The last photo is my kitchen floor disaster after Joe had cooked. Which was far better than Max's "oops" when he failed to put the eggs on the shelf properly and when I opened the fridge the whole box crashed to the floor ... sigh.
However, cooking with kids is such an important part of
giving them an interest in food, in getting them invested in what's being prepared and having them understand what goes into preparing a meal. The most stubborn of eaters can be swayed by spending time helping in the kitchen - especially if it's with an adult they don't usually have quality time with.
If you do have a reluctant eater involve them in the cooking. Even just helping sprinkle the finishing touches gives them a hand in the creating and makes them more likely to eat.
And, despite our mini disasters in the kitchen I have managed to have four dinners this week prepared by the kids. Not quite relax in the lounge with a cocktail just yet .. but we're getting there!
Are your kids cooking?
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.