Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cooking with kids - a Thai dish

Choosing a Dish

I love Around the World in 12 Dishes country “prompts”, because they make me try dishes I would have never tried otherwise. I didn’t like Thai food before I met my husband, but he likes it, and eventually I found dishes I could enjoy in the restaurants (I love Thai soups!). Smarty, however, is quite picky about food, so I looked at several options and eventually chose Thai Red Chicken Curry. My husband makes Indian curry chicken sometimes, so I knew that coconut-based curry is a relatively safe bet. All the ingredients could be easily procured in our local supermarket as it has a pretty sizeable Asian food section.

Cooking With Kids

I really enjoy cooking with Smarty nowadays, but during school days she is too wiped out to help. This is now our “cooking school with mama” moved to Saturdays when we have more time and energy to cook. Her life skills are growing, and she is pretty helpful now with peeling, cutting (I usually do long cuts, and she chops), measuring, and stirring. I have a goal in mind – I hope that she can cook a complete meal by 12 without burning it down. We still have to work on cleaning up, because usually she conveniently disappears when “interesting” part is over.

How Did Our Dish Turn Out?

The dish was… OK. Many reviewers on All Recipes said that it’s lacking something, and we have to agree with it. My husband tried to improve flavor by adding more curry, more Tabasco, and even soy sauce, but it was still not quite right. It was kind of too sweet (coconut milk) without having the right tang. Perhaps it’s because it didn’t require any salt, and we like our main dishes rather savory. Of course, Smarty had her obligatory fight about vegetables – she doesn’t like any red vegetables when they are cooked. Now my husband is motivated to try a Thai dish of his own – he is a great and inventive cook, so I am looking forward to that!

Children’s Book About Thailand

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The Umbrella Queen
I couldn’t find a lot of books set in Thailand, but The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Bridges popped up in Amazon search as #1 choice, and I could find it in our local library. Both Smarty and myself enjoyed the story about a young artist who paints traditional flowers and butterflies to support her family, but finds another outlet for her creativity in her spare time. The book is good for kids 4+ and beautifully illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Interestingly, Smarty pointed out to me that the cover images reveals the end of the story and therefore removes the suspense.


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I hope your husband comes up with a good dish - and that you share the recipe!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Good luck on fostering the "cleaning up" - that's a skill that seems to come and go around here. It's wonderful how much Smarty is learning to do on her own!

Kelly said...

What a wonderful activity! Anna looks like a pro in the kitchen. My kids like to help with hand washing the dishes (something about the water and the sprayer, hmmm). Try turning on music, sometimes that makes it a little more fun. The Umbrella Queen is a great book.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Glad it was ok (better than horrible, right?) and you liked the book :) Thanks for participating again!