As promised, I dropped something new last Wednesday- the launch of The Black Hat Baker!
No enrolling in a cooking school.
No busting your butt to get to classes, or having classes you look forward to cancelled for lack of interest.
Imagine being in the audience of a cooking show, but not only being right up front and getting to taste everything, but being brought into the kitchen, getting your hands dirty, and having the chef stand next to you and show you how to do EVERYTHING. From separating eggs, to making merengue, to the best technique for rolling out dough.
So, if you know someone in the Portland metro area and want to get them something fun to do for an evening, check out the website!
Well, the parents of course! You!
Here’s some ideas for how to bring your child into the kitchen, and start them on a life-long love of (and appreciation for!) food and cooking!
Cooking With Little Kids (Ages 3- 8)
Activities in the kitchen for a small child obviously shouldn’t involve fire and sharp things, but there’s still plenty of stuff you can do!
- Washing/tasting produce
Teach your kids about what good fresh veggies taste like! Wash the vegetables with them, and have them taste their favorites. Ask them why veggies need to be washed, and what they want done with them.
Pick a simple recipe, and have your child measure things for you! Show them the difference between liquid and dry measures, and how much each one holds. Grade school-age children may even be able to do some simple mathematics with this!
- Go to a farm
If you live near a pick-your-own farm, take them out there! Show them where their favorite fruits and veggies come from, and have them pick some for later. If kids feel involved with the finding and making of different foods- even if they’re vegetables- they will be more likely to eat and enjoy them!
- “No-Cook” Recipes
Pick out some snack recipes with your kids that they can do themselves, like “Ants on a Log.” Letting kids get involved teaches them to appreciate where food comes from, and helps them associate food not only with fun, but with spending time with you.
Older Kids (Ages 8-13)
- Mixing and Portioning
Put your child in charge of mixing up doughs and batters, and then portioning them- putting dollops of dough on cookie sheets, or scooping batter into cupcake tins.
- Reading off recipes
HERE’S a good one- have your child read off recipes as you make them! This will get them used to procedural thinking, following instructions, and will aid their reading comprehension in a way that’ll highlight its real-world applications.
Now the fun part is just making recipes together. Take the time to teach your child new techniques. Show them how to bake a cake and roast a chicken. On the range, show them how to fry up an omelette or make pancakes! Your child isn’t a kid anymore- they’re a young adult, and now is when you start teaching them the skills they’ll need to BE adults.
What you teach them young stays with them forever- good cooking, good food habits, and most importantly, good memories.