LITTLE DISASTERS AND DISGUSTING GREENS - WHEN CHILDREN WANT TO HELP IN THE KITCHEN, YOU ONLY NEED ONE INGREDIENT: FLEXIBILITY!
It's Friday, late afternoon. You’re coming home with your son after doing the shopping. OK, it’s been rough. And it’s just not getting any better: the plan is to cook together. But with a couple of tricks you’ll come out alright. And maybe even have fun :-)
Cooking together does has some advantages though: children indirectly learn how to use and work with foods and how to prepare them. And occasionally some small pieces of tomato or pepper may end up in a someone’s curious mouth. Maybe even unknown, alien-looking coloured greens…
Children can help in the kitchen: chop, skewer, mix!
There are many fantastic recipes dedicated to small children which allow them to participate and not just observe. Hot dog kebabs with herb sauce is one of these.
To prepare it you need:
- 6 wooden skewers
- 2 wurstel Salumeo
- 1 bell pepper
- 6 medium-sized mushrooms
- 1 small zucchini
- 3 tablespoons of canola oil Vita D'or
For the sauce:
- 200 g of natural yoghurt Latteria
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil Primadonna
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped herbs
- salt and pepper
If your child wants to help, you can proceed as follows:
Together, open the wurstel package, with a knife appropriate for children, your child can cut the wurstels on a cutting board. Meanwhile you can take the opportunity to wash the peppers and cut into 2 cm x 2 cm pieces. Your child can then clean the mushrooms by wiping them while you wash the courgettes and cut them in large cubes.
Now, alternate the vegetables on the skewers together with the wurstels. Depending on the age and dexterity, your child will be able to choose what will be the next piece for the skewer and pass it to you, or hold the skewer or even assemble the kebabs on their own.
And now let’s make the sauce. Put the yogurt in a bowl with a spoon, which you can do yourself or have the child do it. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Your child can now choose the tool to mix with: whisk, kitchen spoon, kids spoon… it doesn't matter what you use, the important thing is to mix everything well. While he mixes, you throw the skewers in a pan with a little hot canola oil, taking care to brown on all sides. Now everything should be ready at the same time and you can enjoy a meal together.
Now honestly! Everything went smoothly?
Yes? Perfect! Then you are an unbeatable team in the kitchen. No? Your son wants a skewer with just hot dogs? Or he poked himself with a skewer? Or he thinks herbs in yoghurt are disgusting? No worries! The sauce can be mixed with a bandaged finger. To go with the hot-dog-only skewer there will be one vegetable-only, perhaps with pieces personally selected by the little chef. And instead of sauce simply serve ketchup. Flexibility is everything.
The kitchen is a playground
If your son doesn't want to cook today, he can play in the kitchen. Be patient if you have a few extra things to clear up. As compensation, you will have the peace you need to cook... The "kitchen playground" consists of a drawer full of pans and pots, unbreakable of course. The child can organize pasta in containers, fold kitchen towels and empty and fill the drawer with pans. As you prepare the meal, your child can take his favourite dish from the cupboard and bring it to the table. Or search the cookbook with recipes to prepare together in the coming days. The more time spent together in the kitchen, the easier it becomes for both.