We’ve all been stuck for ideas when it comes to occupying our kids, and for me cooking is the perfect solution. It’s productive, fun, educational and kids of any age can take part. Here are just a few things I’ve learned over the years that might help avert disaster!
- Read the recipe carefully before you start so you know what you’re doing and are sure you have the right ingredients.
- You don’t need fancy equipment, but a set of electronic scales and measuring spoons come in really handy.
- Unless it’s a question of safety around hot ovens or hobs and depending on the age of the kids you’re cooking with, try not to take over too much. It’s tempting, but children get bored if they don’t feel involved.
- If you’re worried the kids won’t go for a dish, pitch it to them in a way that they can relate to. Focus on an ingredient within it that you know they like, or find a way to link it to something they do like, even if it’s fast food or a takeaway.
- Get them to help with the clearing up. Even if they do a terrible job and you have to go over it again, it’s really important that children learn that clearing up is part of cooking and might even encourage them to keep the mess level in check next time.
- Don’t be afraid. Lots of parents tell me they can’t cook, but with the recipes on this blog you can enjoy learning together and in the unlikely event that it goes seriously wrong just identify what happened and try again another time.
- Variety is key. Don’t just bake, make proper meals! If you cook with your kids regularly you’ll see them getting better and more confident before your very eyes. And you’ll reap the rewards when they start making supper for the whole family!