I like cooking, I love to bake, and I love that the kid loves helping me. When she was a baby I would put her in her vibrating chair and sit her in the door to the kitchen with a toy so that she could watch me and I could watch her and talk to her. I think that time together led to her love of asking me what she can do to help when I’m in the kitchen.
As soon as I pull out my apron she asks for her own. (She has three now, one I bought her, one from Grandma and one from Great-Grandma).
She’s helped me make bread (she loves kneading the dough, which she calls ‘banging’), she helps me bake cookies, we’ve made pizza for dinner. She gets upset when there’s nothing she can do to help.
Now that she’s getting older I’m trying to think of things we could try in the kitchen together. I’m also looking ahead to summer and what we can grow in our garden to cook with. Last year we grew tomatoes, zucchinis and a couple of pumpkins that took over the whole yard. This year I want to grow leeks that I can freeze for winter soup, more tomatoes, and suddenly it occurred to me – we could grow our own cucumbers and experiment with making our own pickles.
How cool would that be?
So that’s on my summer to do list – make our own pickles – along with making our own ice cream. I want to make our own hummus, guacamole, and now maybe baba ganoush thanks to Andrea. Making our own butter.
What fun things do you do with your little chefs?