Hi everyone. I want to discuss kids being in the kitchen. An anonymous reader sent this in and I love what they wrote! It is the first time as a blogger that I have to confess that I , too , am very controlling in my kitchen when it comes to mess:
“OK I admit it. I am a control freak and perfectionist in the kitchen. I can’t stand letting my kids help me cook. I am afraid they will make a big mess, ruin the recipe, etc. I am impatient with their lack of technique and skill. Is watching me enough or do I have to let them do it too? I really want them to learn how to cook and feel comfortable in the kitchen. Any suggestions? “
Does it make you a bad person? NO! Why on earth would you want someone ruining your recipe or making a mess? It’s a big pain. Totally understandable. I used to allow my kids to help me and then feel guilty about getting annoyed at them because they made a mess or didn’t help exactly the way I wanted/needed them to help me.
I knew it was important to model the cooking behavior but it was so stressful. One day, I had an epiphany; I gave them a few totally separate ingredients and they could make their own bread, cake, dip, whatever. They could work in a separate area , make a mess in a contained area, and not mess up MY recipe! Perfect! We may end up wasting a few ingredients or cleaning a little, but it is worth it to have them cook with us. They are part of the cooking process, we don’t need a sitter and we are spending quality time with them. Any other suggestions out there? Please comment!
Since St. Patty’s Day is upon us, here is a recipe from the digital cookbook from comcast TV that I discovered last year for Irish Soda Bread. Many Irish people love my recipe so I take that to be a thumbs up.
Irish Soda Bread:
1/4 cup white sugar
3 cups white flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Crisco or veg. shortening (they have one without hydrogenated oils at Whole Foods now which is great!)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or whole milk
1 cup golden raisins
1 TBS caraway seeds
Sift first 5 ingredients together (buy a sifter!). With a fork, beat into dry ingredients the egg, crisco, and milk. When all are combined, mix in raisins and caraway seeds. Form into a ball, dust the ball with flour, and lay on a greased, round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees until a fork comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Enjoy!