Empowered Kids Corner: Aspiring Chef

Unexpectedly my daughter, Summer, is very much interested in cooking and baking. My husband and I are hardly the average cooks. But boy how we love food. Anyway, there are times when we cook something  that we learned from our parents, but nothing fancy – veggy nuggets, fruitshakes, or some some exotic flower snacks.  It is something for our family to consume. It isn’t worth bragging about to friends on get-together or worth sharing to my readers.   The same goes to our kitchen.  If I am to describe it, well, it’s dull, boring, and functional. So I am really a bit surprised as to why and how my daughter has become so interested in cooking.  Whatever the reasons behind, one thing is clear, we should never let the opportunity to develop this interest pass.

How did I manage to help my daughter considering the facts that I have limited cooking or baking skills and our kitchen is ill-equipped? This is what I did, and I hope to continue doing.

 

1.  I searched for easy to cook and no-bake recipes. I found this no-sugar recipe, easy, and it has only 6 ingredients from The Frugal Farm Wife (http://frugalfarmwife.com/article/healthy-no-bake-cookies/). Check out her blog for the recipe or you may watch Summer’s Slide.

2. I tried it myself, more than once, to familiarize the procedure and experience it myself.  There are things that one is able to impart well if she has got the experience of doing it herself.

3.  I let her experience bit by bit.  She started just helping out – gathering the ingredients and putting them on the table, beating, stirring, pouring, and measuring.

4.  Then, I let her do it on her on.  The ingredients, measurement, and procedure are written on a white board for her to read and follow.

 

Watch her here

Is there any other way I could help Summer develop her interest in cooking and baking? Your ideas are deeply appreciated. Please feel free to share them on the comment section below.

 

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