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Monday, 15 September 2014

Cooking with Kids

A tradition I'm trying to encourage at the moment is having a special family breakfast every Sunday morning. I'm not wanting to do it every weekend but I'm hoping that this time in the morning will allow me to teach the children so cooking skills. At the moment my son and two daughters aged 9, 6 and 4 really want to help me when I'm cooking. Unfortunately this is normal at night when I'm at my most busiest with the evening routine. So I decided that last weekend I'd make something yummy and talk to them about taking turns to cook with me.

On Saturday after a visit to the local library my 4 year old borrowed a cookbook and when we got home she ran through all the things she wanted to cook then and there. I promised her that she could try something out the following morning and that I'd help her make it. The recipe was something that I didn't need a cookbook for but as she's starting school next year I knew using the cookbook would be a great teaching tool. I had enough eggs to make breakfast for just the kids as I'd forgotten to buy more when I'd done the weekly grocery shop. She was more interested in making breakfast just for herself but I was able to talk her into making a bit more.

So for our first cooking experience together we made Eggs and Ham from the cookbook which is a basic scrambled eggs with ham mixed through it. Although the entire cooking experience was less than 10 minutes she was able to see results quickly and this kept her engaged in the experience. I've included the recipe and a picture of the finished product. She was really happy with the outcome and she's looking forward to cooking with me again.

Scrambled Eggs

Eggs and Ham (Scrambled eggs with Ham) Serves 1
small knob of butter
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
30 grams (1 oz) chopped ham, chopped
pinch of salt and pepper
1 piece of buttered toast

1. In a small bowl, using a fork whisk together the egg and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Chop the ham into small pieces. If doing this with your child make sure you help them when using a knife.
3. Place the toast in the toaster and toast until brown. Once toasted spread butter over warm toast.
4. Melt butter in the pan, over medium heat. Add the egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir continuously until the eggs are just set and still creamy. Depending on the child's age you might need to assist with this step.
5. Mix the chopped ham through the egg. Serve on top of your buttered toast.

Scrambled eggs

I'm about to start negotiations with my six year old as she's desperate to make everyone 'stripey ice lollies' (they're frozen fruit blocks) for breakfast. I'm thinking that we could make these on Saturday for Sunday's afternoon tea. I know that the kids will love to have fruit ice blocks especially after they've been running around all morning. So tell me do you make your own ice blocks or do you just buy them from the shops?



  1. Cooking wth kids is a brilliant tradition good on you. Life skills they'll always have.

    1. I know Mel it'll be good if all four of them had this life skill it could save them a small fortune. Can't wait to start including my big boy.

  2. My kids LOVE cooking with me but I rarely do it and when I do it's just cakes and cupcakes! It's a nice way to bond though! Emily - visiting as part of #teamIBOT

    1. I agree Emily the bonding experience is great. I'm trying to do other things with them but cupcakes do seem to be their favourite. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I love cooking with my kids. They love it too. Simple foods are always the best.

    1. I agree Ann simple, yummy and quick is what I like doing with them. Oh and as little mess as possible. Thanks for visiting.

  4. My kids LOVE cooking and I'm hoping to make them good husbands! Also, if they can cook lunch it takes some of the pressure off of ME!!

    1. Oh Krista I'd love a cooked lunch but but my kids just want sandwiches so I'd miss out on something nice. I'm hoping my boys enjoy these cooking experiences as I know it might be a great draw card in the future. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I need to do more cooking with my kids. The problem is that it's always, like you said, an inconvenient time. I just need to be more organised.

    1. Oh Jess if I was organised I'd be dangerous. Sometimes I think I just have to go with it and do the fun activity instead of whatever else I think is more important. They grow up too fast otherwise.