My daughter goes over to a friends house this week. Their plan ... to cook dinner. Shrimp scampi and a creamy orzo on the menu. Sue, my very good friend, is sooooo good at letting her daughter get in the kitchen. She lets her daughter find a menu, plan, and cook the entire meal. At age 13 - 14 that is wonderful! Those girls, with very little help, executed a beautiful dinner for their family. What a treat.... what a lesson... wonderful!
I think kids are a little more interested in getting in the kitchen than we give them credit for. They see the shows, "Chopped", "America's Next Food Star," "Cup Cake Wars" and lets not forget "Jamie's Food Revolution." Actually my kids would rather watch one of these types of cooking show that American Idol. I like that these shows inspire and intrigue!
A Dad I know, even staged his own episode of Chopped. He gave each of the kid teams in his kitchen some random ingredients from their pantry and asked them to make an "edible" creation. I mean how fun is that for kids. Brilliant I say!
So what does it take?????
Some letting go of the control (this might be the hardest for me)
some patience (this can be challenging too!)
a trip to the store ... not much more!
Now -What's the return?
kids gaining confidence with food
reinforcing that fresh, good food is the best
and also the real kicker ... they learn what it takes to put on a meal at night...
possibly they might understand why you ask (loudly) that everyone get to the table while the meal it hot.
They understand that time, love and patience goes into every meal
and that YOU are AWESOME.
(ok that might be a little Pollyannaish but I can dream!)
So now I will climb down from my soap box and simply say ... I love and want my kids in my kitchen, creating with me. And I need to do it more often!
happy cooking kids!