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Cooking and Kids
« on: June 20, 2008, 08:07:03 PM »
Lo made a curry tonight (courtesy of Gordon Ramsey) from scratch. We even bought a Pestle & Mortar to crush our spices.

We all got involved and Lucas helped where possible, helping to crush the spices and stirring in the ingredients. At the end of it we had a lovely tea that was a nice family effort.

This got me thinking, we have always let Lucas get involved in the kitchen, despite his age. This has involved the very basic throwing cornflakes into chocolate to make cornflake cakes. Mixing for proper cakes. Throwing ingredients into main meals and generally 'helping'.

He loves it, we enjoy this time together and I think it will be a great skill for him. Do you get your kids involved in the cooking? How involved do they get? Personally I think it is a wonderful thing to do as a family.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2008, 10:15:41 PM »
Do you get your kids involved in the cooking? Yes
How involved do they get? Completely, otherwise they go hungry!
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008, 10:31:22 PM »
Sponges are good. Muffins are pretty robust too. My nearly 3 daughter has an obession about making pancake batter.

Fortunately she hasn't yet decided that she must make Big Cook Little Cook recipes.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008, 10:39:36 PM »
My mum let me join in helping her with dinner when I was young. As I got older, I was allowed to do certain things by myself and then I got to a certain age when I made the dinner from scratch by myself. Nowadays, I still make the dinner for everyone.

I made a sponge cake with my cousin when I was minding him awhile ago, I wasn't sure if he would be interested but we actually had fun making it together and he really enjoyed the experience.
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2008, 10:49:38 PM »
I'll definately be doing it with my kids when I have them.

The most obvious reason being that it's far easier to get kids to eat decent food when they're involved in cooking it.
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2008, 02:18:35 AM »
I think your aproach is a very good one Brad and sensible, by getting Lucas involved early helping out with the cooking, I'll guarantee he won't grow up to be a fussy eater.

As Josh said its easier to get kids to eat good healthy scran, if they know about the food and if there involved in making it.

At least Lucas won't grow up thinking a potato grows on trees or be dead fusssy like his arl fella ;-) because he'll have had a good culinary upbringing

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2008, 06:54:46 AM »
do the kids get invoved with cooking? Yes, until I run out of kids and start using beef or lamb.... :)
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2008, 07:41:09 AM »
I think your aproach is a very good one Brad and sensible, by getting Lucas involved early helping out with the cooking, I'll guarantee he won't grow up to be a fussy eater.

As Josh said its easier to get kids to eat good healthy scran, if they know about the food and if there involved in making it.

At least Lucas won't grow up thinking a potato grows on trees or be dead fusssy like his arl fella ;-) because he'll have had a good culinary upbringing

ha ha, well in mate more should do like you an Lois.

Good stuff..... might ask for some very kid friendly recipes :P
With regards to being fussy...... that is the one thing I don't want him to be, so good to know this will help.
He really enjoys it aswell, yes it took 10 minutes to crush the spices, but it was fun letting him do it, so who cares. :D

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2008, 08:00:57 AM »
my kids love making cakes with me

can't so far get any of them to help with peeling spuds, veg, stirring sauces or anything else

or the washing up

eldest wanted to be a chef so he was helpful with handling meat as a veggie I gag sometimes

get kids to eat their veg = get them to grow some, teaching them to care for things aswell
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2008, 12:31:48 PM »
the kids love making their own pancakes on one of these, good fun at the weekend.



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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2008, 01:42:09 PM »
And Lucas might just grow up to be a chef. If he likes it, why not?
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2008, 06:11:20 PM »
yeah i've tried encouraging my little one in the kitchen.

She loves throwing the chopped up veg in the pan, adding the spices, doing the stirring and all that.

i tried making pastry with her which was a bit of a nightmare. I was mixing the butter and flour and allowed her to get her hands in and mix it up - she loved it and was making a right old mess, which i didnt mind, the problem was she was having so much fun she didnt want to stop and move onto the next stage.

next time i had a lash at doing pastry had to do two bowls of the stuff on the go, one for me and one that she could just make a big mess with.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2008, 06:26:07 PM »
Sponges are good.

I agree, as are cloth's, tea towel's for drying etc...

You got the right idea there Southern raising them as slaves early.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2008, 06:31:29 PM »
Had pancakes for lunch today with my girls (aged 13 and twins of 10). They adore pancakes, and all the flipping and stuff makes it a fun thing to do.

Anyway, they made the pancake batter. It's pretty simple to do and they like helping because they know what to do. The only thing is they are so competitive that it becomes a nightmare in terms of who does what. "Why is she whisking?!! She always whisks!! I never get to do it!!" "No, I do NOT!!" etc etc.

Still, cooking and kids. Great combo.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2008, 08:01:22 PM »
And Lucas might just grow up to be a chef. If he likes it, why not?

Would love him to become a chef.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2008, 09:12:51 PM »
My kids are involved with the cooking...

I do all the cooking and they do all the eating :D

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2008, 09:23:27 PM »
Its great, especially baking. They love it, the more messy, the better.

My wee man helps me roll the mince into balls when me make stew. He knows he has to wash his hands before helping and after. And before eating aswell

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2008, 05:40:44 PM »
An excellent idea.  I was always encouraged to help with meals and then moved on to cooking them.  I think all children should be taught basic cooking, as young as possible, so their appreciation of food and nutrition comes gradually and naturally.  I know its difficult and time consuming, but I believe that it creates such a family bond, that even if it only happens now and again its worth the attempt.  One of the things I really remember as a kid was all going blackberrying, and then bringing the fruit home and making a pie or a crumble.  We still do it to this day, (I made some blackberry ice cream on Friday with the last of last year's pickings as it happens), and it always takes me back to those happy childhood times.

It makes me so sad when I see family supermarket trolleys loaded to the gunnels with pack upon pack of pre-prepared food, and I wonder if the children ever get anything fresh and home cooked. 

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2008, 06:56:47 PM »
Lo made a curry tonight (courtesy of Gordon Ramsey) from scratch. We even bought a Pestle & Mortar to crush our spices.

We all got involved and Lucas helped where possible, helping to crush the spices and stirring in the ingredients. At the end of it we had a lovely tea that was a nice family effort.

This got me thinking, we have always let Lucas get involved in the kitchen, despite his age. This has involved the very basic throwing cornflakes into chocolate to make cornflake cakes. Mixing for proper cakes. Throwing ingredients into main meals and generally 'helping'.

He loves it, we enjoy this time together and I think it will be a great skill for him. Do you get your kids involved in the cooking? How involved do they get? Personally I think it is a wonderful thing to do as a family.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2008, 06:58:02 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2008, 07:23:15 PM »
My daughter who will be 3 loves being in the kitchen.  Not just "helping" with the cooking but loading the dishwasher, the washing machine and trying to wash the pots.

It is good for her as she will know he rightful place when she gets older.




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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2008, 07:50:59 PM »
My daughter who will be 3 loves being in the kitchen.  Not just "helping" with the cooking but loading the dishwasher, the washing machine and trying to wash the pots.

It is good for her as she will know he rightful place when she gets older.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2008, 09:43:47 PM »
And Lucas might just grow up to be a chef. If he likes it, why not?

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If Lucas says he wants to be a chef then take it from me and do everything you can to convince him otherwise.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2008, 10:31:18 PM »
Brad & Lo,

If Lucas says he wants to be a chef then take it from me and do everything you can to convince him otherwise.

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I am hoping that when he is at the right age none of the other fuckers will be able to cook.... So he HAS to be paid well :P

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« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2008, 12:07:45 AM »
I still cant cook ;D

I even fucked up toast today morning :D
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« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2008, 02:12:14 AM »
I am hoping that when he is at the right age none of the other fuckers will be able to cook.... So he HAS to be paid well :P

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2008, 11:37:48 AM »
My parents didn't have many skills in the kitchen and so until I met my recent fella I'd never been at all interested in food or cooking.  I used to eat anything that was easy to make (bowls of plain pasta or rice, no sauce etc) or just plain bread.  My better half is amazing in the kitchen and has given me an interest in cooking and eating (although not so good for the wasitline).

I think it's wonderful that children are being involved in cooking at such an early age - I wish I had been so fortunate.
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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2008, 06:00:36 PM »
Lucas today has so far helped make bread, the marinade for tonight's spicy fried chicken (in the recipe of the day thread) and seasoned the roasties  :lickin

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2008, 07:33:47 PM »
My daughter is only 7 1/2 months at the moment, but I fully intend to get her involved in the cooking. Personally, I hate cooking, but I've found doing anything with her is much more fun.

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« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2008, 09:36:23 PM »
My daughter is only 7 1/2 months at the moment, but I fully intend to get her involved in the cooking. Personally, I hate cooking, but I've found doing anything with her is much more fun.

Even at that age I would put Lucas in his highchair give him a spoon and let him try and mix and stuff, he was no Gordon Ramsey, still bloody isnt  ::) ;) but we had fun :D

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2008, 02:01:58 PM »
Even at that age I would put Lucas in his highchair give him a spoon and let him try and mix and stuff, he was no Gordon Ramsey, still bloody isnt  ::) ;) but we had fun :D

I may try that, although right now everything she can get her hands on goes right in her mouth. Really need to break of that habit before she's a teen!

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #31 on: June 24, 2008, 02:03:51 PM »
I would never cook my kids, I prefer them raw.

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« Reply #32 on: June 24, 2008, 02:25:32 PM »
I would never cook my kids, I prefer them raw.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #33 on: June 24, 2008, 10:19:02 PM »
I used to love making fairy cakes with my nan when I was young.

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« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2008, 06:57:30 PM »
Me and my girl made some shortbread this afternoon.  I thought it would have been a good idea to give some out for pressies.  :D  We used some crimbo cutters...they have turned out ok I think ;D

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2008, 08:22:37 PM »
We are going to make custard slices tomorrow - well the cheap version anyways.

You buy a pack of cream crackers, some custard and icing sugar. Put a layer of crackers on a tray. Cover in custard and top with more crackers. Cover top layer of crackers in icing sugar and put tray in fridge.

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« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2008, 08:30:48 PM »
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I've always loved cooking but whenever anyone mentions being a chef this is my response.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2008, 09:44:27 PM »
Me and my girl made some shortbread this afternoon.  I thought it would have been a good idea to give some out for pressies.  :D  We used some crimbo cutters...they have turned out ok I think ;D



They look yum :lickin

Might have to give your custard slices ago Jase :D

Just spied a block of cooking choc in the cupboard so it may be time for cornflake cakes again :)

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« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2008, 09:53:51 PM »
I'm 18 and i am proud to say i watched my mother make mince pies today - thats what parent children relationships is about, hard work and eating.

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Re: Cooking and Kids
« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2008, 10:05:57 PM »
Our 2 year old daughter loves helping out in the kitchen she helped my bird makes these lovely cookies with bits of Mars bar in a few weeks back.
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