Tuesday, July 17, 2018
When I was cooking a couple of days ago I prepared, chicken, and noodles and a couple of Italian dishes. So today I helped my grand-daughter make lunch and snack for this afternoon. She is 6 yrs and I think working with food still helps to learn to like foods she wouldn't' otherwise touch. Like we have broccoli week this week. That means every day this week she is with us she gets a few pieces of broccoli on her lunch plate and hopefully by the end of the week she has learned to tolerate a bite or two of it. She has such an vegetable aversion that is necessary to pull all kinds of tricks. So I bought at the store a bag of Cole slaw mix and had some shredded carrots in the fridge. I cooked some of her favorite noodles (which sadly is ramen) and we set out to make lunch. I kept all ingredients simple and even if not the best choice it's what I know I can pull off with her.
So I had her use her kids cooking utensils, and shred the chicken. She then helped measure out the Cole slaw and the carrots and we had a bowl full of ramen noodles and a bit of soy sauce. I had the put a bit of olive oil in the pan and she started stirring not to let anything set while I showed her how to add all the ingredients as needed. I seasoned it with black pepper when she wasn't watching and I handled the soy sauce. We cooked spring rolls along side to give the meal a little more to go with. She did well until she got too comfortable and almost burned her arm by leaning on the pan. We caught it in time and she got spooked but is fine. She finished cooking the meal... and what do you know - she actually ate it all. … even her two pieces of broccoli and half of a spring roll.
We made ice cream sundaes for dessert for her and my hubby. Then it was time for nap.
While she napped I loaded the bread machine with my favorite dough ingredients and by the time she got back up it was ready for her. She cut and cored an apple and diced it real fine. We added brown sugar and cinnamon and cooked it in the microwave (safer with her) until it was soft. I rolled out the dough while she did the apple and she got to spread butter, cinnamon and brown sugar on it. She added the soft apple pieces and we rolled it together. I sliced it while she placed it in the baking pans. This recipe make a bakers dozen of rolls every time. Baking was my turn again and when it was done and cooled she managed to eat two rolls before her marshal arts class. All in all a fun and successful cooking day. Now I just have to hide some of the rolls from my hubby tonight or she wont' get any tomorrow.