Again these holidays I have been super blessed having my boys take turns at preparing dinners. They are even starting to crack the clearing and washing up - hallelujah!
It's been a long, messy road to get to this point with some epic spills, oops and melt-downs along the way (and that's just me).
But I maintain that getting the kids in the kitchen is one of the most important things you can do. Why?
1. What do you eat if you leave home and can't cook?
2. To develop a comfort level around foods by handling them, smelling them and tasting them.
3. To learn essential life-skills - addition, measuring, recipe reading etc.
4. So you know what's in your food. Far less scary than something just arriving on the plate.
5. Ownership & pride. We are always more invested in something we've had a hand in making.
6. Bonding and fun. Cooking and creating is a lovely way to spend quality time with our children (mostly).
This interaction is more important if you have a selective eater as they, in general, have less of a basic comfort level around food.
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.