What are your strongest childhood memories?
I lived close enough to the school to be allowed to walk home after school with my friends. We'd pick dandelions and clover flowers along the way, feed horses and find large caterpillars to carefully pop into our lunchboxes to take home to Mum. Mum loved the flowers and would give me an empty jam jar filled with water for them. She would often give me a couple of sugar cubes for the next time I fed the horses. And she didn't seem to make any comment about the caterpillars though they seemed to disappear by teatime.
Life seemed a little more simple, less frenetic in those days. After devouring numerous home-made biscuits still warm from the oven, children usually played outside until teatime. I know I certainly did.
Today is very different
Things have certainly changed. Children rarely walk home. (What a world of exciting little discoveries they miss as they speed past in cars; processional caterpillars crawling head to tail, hissing rhinoceros beetles tumbled onto their backs, a lost turtle or dog, and perhaps even a baby bird that had tumbled from its nest.)
After school time now involves some sort of after-school activity or sports training for each day of the week and dinner is often a rushed affair or possibly a quick and easy takeaway meal.
Forget about the bustle for a moment. Put your feet up, relax and click through this selection of retro recipes from a by-gone era. You'll find a link to these recipes online in case you'd like to cook them. Do you remember salmon patties, beef wellington or lemon meringue pie? What about curried prawns or banana fritters? What comforting memories accompany these meals for you? Maybe, your memories of your dinner recipes differ.
What recipes are an important part of your childhood memories?
If so, what meals do you associate with childhood? Have you cooked them for your family?I've suggested in another article some simple recipes that could become a part of your family memories. You might also discover that your kids or grandkids would really enjoy the simple recipes from yesterday...especially if you also recount some of your memories from growing up. And you just might be making some wonderful memories for them while you cook them.
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Cooking with kids- what could be more fun? Think about the warm, wonderful memories you'll be building. Kids love cooking. But, if you're busy and don't like a lot of messes there still are alternatives that are just as much fun.
Just keep in mind the 5 basic rules to crack the cooking with kids code:
1. Keep it short.
You don't need me to tell you that children have a short attention span. Generally, I calculate it roughly by their age. If they are 3 years old, their focus and attention on anything is very limited... think about 3 minutes, if you're lucky. And then they're up and on to something else. They may come back to the original activity later but again, just for a short time. Five-year-olds can stay interested in a task for a little longer.
2. Keep it simple. Don't give kids a lot of guidance. It's best if you show them what they can do and leave them to it.
3. Keep it safe. Think through any potential hazards and remove them first.
4. Keep it speedy. The complete activity should involve few tasks and little time to finish each one. (See #1)
5. Keep it tasty. There is nothing better than working on something that can also be eaten. Children even want to eat things that shouldn't be eaten....think about playdough. How many times do you wind up saying, 'No, don't eat it!'
So... Mosaic Biscuits tick all the boxes for making fun, easy and tasty cooking memories. Here's how to do it......
1. Pour some sweetened condensed milk into each bowl and add some food colouring. Stir to mix thoroughly.
2. Pop a small paintbrush in each bowl.
3. Show your kids how to paint the biscuits and then place them on the tray covered with baking paper.
4. Bake them for a couple of minutes in the oven (150 deg). Don't forget them; they only need a few minutes.... They will crisp up once they're removed from the oven.
I always forget them and find they're over-cooked! Fortunately, the kids don't seem to mind. You'll find the children will eat them as soon as they're cool enough to touch.
Memory-making moments don't need to take a lot of time. They don't need to be amazing cooking creations. They just need to be fun times with you.
Keep in mind the simple guidelines; keep it short, keep it simple, keep it safe, keep it speedy and keep it tasty!
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