PART 1: IT’S FOR THE KIDS
Cooking is super choice because my two little kids loooove it. They are learning and contributing while have fun cooking with me. Cooking together means to me; perfect family time. Kids love to cook.
Crepes choiceness in the morning!
Food is endlessly fascinating. The end result of whatever creation we’ve made is something to be proud of. When we prepare a whole fish to be cooked it never gets old. Every fish is a whole world to explore, have fun with and prepare in so many different ways. It talks with its mouth, sees with its eyes and swims around the kitchen.
All food is interesting, even vegetables, which are easy to cut with a sharp(ish) knife for the stir fry. Baking is a treat, combining completely different types of ingredients to come up with something yum, whether it is simple apple crumble, a quiche or some chocolate cookies.
not his beer!
Kids love to learn about food.
Learning about food means learning about nutrition. Food is obviously the most important darn thing when it comes to our health. I chat away with the kids asking why they think it is good, what does it taste like (testing constantly of course), how to best cook it and especially where they think it comes from.
Teaching the kids where food comes from is a big one for me. ie. NOT the damn supermarket. My kids who are 4 and 7 probably know more about where food comes from than most adults, especially those who grow up in cities (most of you maybe!). Being able to visualise exactly where this fish came from – thanks Blue Planet – helps the understanding of what food is. Our little garden (not so little nowadays) has helped. Kids are pretty switched on, learning and can easily understand. We can describe how we’d hypothetically kill the chicken they are preparing to eat or taking them fishing for their dinner. Awakening an understanding of their particular influence on this world of ours. Other foods like cheese or sugar for example take a lot of explaining but they get it. They learn tastes using their in built set of preferences (2 million years of uploads), while trying to avoid the often ridiculous pressures of society food norms. Maybe I’ll ask them, why is eating an ant so disgusting compared to a cow or a fish?
Kids love to spend time cooking…. and it’s time with me.
Don’t know if that is a revelation for some parents. I’m adding it as it is one of the main reasons I cook so much, it is sweet as family time. We crank up some music, taste as we cook, theoretically spread the workload (including setting the table and keeping clear workspace), create, learn responsibility and all that good stuff, together!
Spending time cooking leads to more time together. If I’ve cooked I want the WHOLE family to sit at the table together for a meal, and if the kids help the likelihood of that is much greater.
Both kid creations, beautiful parmigiana and sunday morning treat time produced and designed by them!
Kids get healthy, strong because they build lifelong habits through cooking.
Habits, culture and in particular our parents shape preferences. Starting out as a kid with good cooking and eating habits means a good relationship to food which is sorely lacking in this day and age.
They may push back but if you can get the kids involved I bet you’ll appreciate having that time all said and done. Often I’ll lay the table with a narrow selection of foods for them to prepare or at least select themselves, perfect example is tortillas. Who cares if they don’t eat everything, as long as they are trying something, doing it themself… and maybe next time or the 15th time they’ll like it.
Cooking for me is putting effort in for someone, I could be all gushy and just say love… argh.
So its all a win win. My kids, if they want to, build good healthy habits through participating and learning while spending time with me.