There is only one thing better than mum’s cooking and that is grandma’s cooking, which is why we have such an important role when it comes to introducing our grandchildren to cooking. We have the secret little tricks and tips up our sleeve to make cooking that little bit more engaging and fun, both of which kids thrive off.
Yes, this can be a tricky responsibility. You are teaching them a valuable life skill and setting them up for a delicious future. But that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. You taught your child to be the wonderful chef they are now, and you can do it again. But just in case you need a quick refresher course to get underway, here are some of the tips we use at Grandma’s place.
Give Them All The Time You Can
One of the most common reasons why people don’t cook with their children is because they don’t have the time or they need more time in the day (that’s what they tell themselves anyway). But what we grandma’s know is, teaching a child how to cook does not have to be all or nothing. A little bit now and then is better than not giving them the time at all.
Patience Is A Virtue
Yes, yes, yes; of course it is going to be quicker to cook whatever you are cooking yourself. But where is the fun in that? Where is the adventure? Where is your belief in teaching a kid to fish feeds them forever? If you really are struggling for patience then the revolutionaryparent.com has some amazing bulletproof ideas.
However, the most important to thing to remember is this; you will only need to be patient with them to begin with because the more they practice the quicker they will get.
So, why not teach them an easy recipe the next time they come over, something like scrambled egg or spaghetti bolognese, and then have them practice in between now and their next visit. It can be the tastiest homework they’ve ever had and they will be able to help mom out.
Variety Will Make It Fun
It’s summer and what do kids love about summer? Being outside. Go with this. Cooking doesn’t have to be done exclusively in the kitchen. It can be done outside too. Of course, if you are worried about open flames and their health then not only do you get bonus grandma points, you could introduce them to other types of cooking. We came across this Old Smokey electric smoker review | electricsmokercenter.com and we were suddenly rushed back to our childhood, remember just how delicious smoked foods are.
Teach them. Or, you could teach them how to make pizzas. Children love pizzas and having the chance to make their own delicious and nutritious pizzas will advance that love affair, and in a healthy way too.
The Right Recipe Is Key
You do not need to go and find a specialty cooking book for children, trust us. Why? Because almost all cookery books these days have a basic dishes section or even easy family meals.
These are gold dust for teaching your grandkids how to make some of their favorite meals. Spag Bol, meatballs, pasta, stews, all these easy and fun to make recipes that have the ability to grab a child by the imagination and show them that cooking isn’t hard and that cooking doesn’t follow rules.
Then, as they get better on each visit, up the skill level. Introduce them to cooking curry dishes and whatever else takes their fancy.
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