Cooking With Your Children

By helping you cook, your children will learn the meaning of different cooking related terms, mathematics for measuring, and the concept of following directions, even the patience it takes waiting for biscuits to bake. You have the opportunity to introduce your children to a variety of fresh, healthy foods and different ways to prepare them.

Cooking with your children is not as easy as cooking by yourself. They dont work as fast as you and tend to be much messier. However, making something together becomes a wonderful experience. You get to spend quality time with your children. You perpetuate family traditions by teaching them exactly how your mother, aunt, or grandmother taught you to make their favourite treat. This is “together” time that children, of any age, will enjoy. They even get something good to eat at the end of the process. There are a number of sites across the net that specialise in Kid’s Recipes that make for a great place to start when it comes to finding that dish that is just right for you and your child.

You must plan ahead in order to allow extra time. Then relax and be prepared for a mess. Today yours is a life thats time-crunched between your childrens appointments: band, soccer, choir, ballet, etc. and your must-do items: cleaning, shopping, getting your hair styled, making dinner, and doctors appointments for your children, you, and the pets. No one really has “extra” time to spend together. Teaching your children to make something for dinner or dessert brings you together while fulfilling one of your daily requirements at the same time.

By the time your children are in school, they will request favourite dishes and help you to make them. Your school aged children can help with more difficult dishes like soups, pancakes, and biscuits. They can roll out the dough, cut shapes out of it, and decorate the tops just before popping the still warm biscuits into their mouths. One of their favourites may be

“Super Easy Rocky Road Bars”:

4 cups milk chocolate melts
80g copha
3 cups Kellogg’s Rice Bubbles
100g packet mini marshmallows
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
Hundreds and thousands to decorate

Grease a 20 cm square pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
Stir chocolate melts and copha in a large bowl, over a pan of simmering water, until smooth. Remove from heat.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Spread mixture into prepared pan.
Sprinkle over hundreds and thousands.
Refrigerate until firm.
Cut into squares. (Serves 25)
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cooking is a skill that will benefit your children throughout their lives, make certain they can cook healthy meals once they are on their own, and provide many fond memories for all of you.

Recipe taken with permission from http://www.masterchef.com.au/party-favourites.htm {pixabay|100|campaign}