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Looking Through Cookbooks
For some strange reason, Smarty was motivated to learn to cook by reading through A Smart Girls' Guide to Cooking that we borrowed from the library. She was not interested to try any of the recipes in that book, but it inspired her to look through a dozen of children's cookbooks that we have at home - I collected them over time at the library's book sales and garage sales with hope that one day Smarty might be interested in them. Well, finally this day arrived, and here are the cookbooks that Smarty found especially interesting now when she is ready to cook mostly independently:
Creating a Routine
We agreed on one day a week when Smarty would cook dinner under my supervision. She is in charge of picking a recipe, writing a shopping list, going shopping with me and finding all the ingredients on her own, and then making dinner and cleaning up. She is super excited to be able to make dinner almost entirely on her own, but we are still working on cleaning up part. Interestingly, she seems very interested in food presentation - and very insistent in making her plates look nice even if it means serving dinner somewhat cold :)
What Is Smarty Making?
One surprising part of Smarty picking dishes on her own was that she is trying new foods. For example, she is not a big fan of eggs, but she made a delicious omelette aux tomates from a French cookbook and cheerfully gobbled up her portion. She also volunteered to cook for our wedding anniversary and went all out with an appetizer and a main dish. She made a beef stew with peppers and onions served over rice and a bean dip for an appetizer. She has never even tried bean dip before, but she announced that she likes it a lot... because she cooked it herself.
Are your kids old enough to cook independently? What are they making?
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