I have been meaning to start a “cooking with kids” section on my blog for a while now. It’s one of my favourite activities to do with Finn (4 yrs) and I truly believe that Finn’s love and interest in food stems from him being involved in the preparation of his meals. The joy and concentration on his face as he prepares and eats his food is priceless and worth all the mess he creates! I try to involve Rory (21 months) too with short, quick tasks (like mixing with hands or spoons, rolling etc.) He lacks concentration to complete tasks but is happy to get stuck in and taste the ingredients!
I recently read a great article “Please just start cooking with your children” by Jamie Oliver where he echoed my thoughts; saying that if your kids are involved in growing and cooking their food they are much more likely to eat it. He also discussed a Huffington Post survey which revealed that only 12% of parents cook with their children every day and that one in ten parents have never cooked with their kids. We are definitely a time poor society but when we are able to, we should really encourage our children to help in the kitchen. Even if it is just a small task like grating some cheese or tearing up some herbs.
Eggy bread kebabs are great for kids of all ages to help with. The tasks of cracking eggs, whisking, dipping, frying are all great fun and you can help out as much as your child needs. Finn still really struggles with whisking and obviously needs help with frying but apart from that he prepared this himself.
Most kids love food on sticks, it just makes eating a little more fun. I helped Finn cut the bread into bite size pieces and then he skewered them with his favourite fruit. We ate them as they were as I felt the fruit added a good amount of sweetness but if you wanted you could always drizzle a little maple syrup over them.