“LEARN, TOUCH and TASTE” are the three key steps I strongly recommend parents to follow if they want to get their kids to love food. Of the three, “TOUCH” is considered the most challenging. With the thoughts of all the potential mess and disaster kids can create in the kitchen, most of us parents would cringe at the idea of letting their kids help out in cooking. To me, much of that can be avoided if parents know how to delegate their tasks wisely.
I understand it is not easy for many busy mums and dads to find the time to cook together with their kids. But, I am only advocating it on an occasional basis (like once a month) to strengthen bonding within the family.
My hubby and I have so much fun cooking and baking with our son (even though his mischievous acts would sometimes run riot in our kitchen). It can also sometimes stretch our patience a bit. But, good or bad, we always end up no less happy when enjoying eating together what was cooked. Just by taking part in some simple tasks in the kitchen, my son gets all excited over the food he prepared, and can’t wait to see and taste the “final product”. For more complicated processes, he will just stand aside and act as an “audience”.
This is also the best time for us to expose and educate him on many interesting subjects like chemistry (such as what makes bread dough rise or simple math like counting, adding and subtracting). You can even arouse some creativity as well. No doubt the benefits are many!
A week ago, my son and I had another great moment together in the kitchen. We baked some simple cheesy cookies. Even though it was our first “joint-venture project” in making cookie, the cookies turned out to be very soft, fluffy and full of cheesy smell. My son was so thrilled that he jumped up and down when he saw his own creation of gingerbread men coming out of the oven. He walloped quite a number of them while I was busy making a second batch.
Coming back to the cookie recipe I am featuring in this post, I was sold immediately when I chanced upon it. The ingredients and steps are very simple and straight-forward. As it is a savoury type of cookie, no sugar is required and highly recommended for those who do not have a sweet tooth. We also discovered later that by spreading a little bit of jam (strawberry or blueberry jam) on top during serving, the cookies tasted heavenly!
If you haven’t tried cooking/ baking with your kids before, make it a point to do it now. Since Chinese New Year celebration and Valentine Day are soon approaching, why not make some “cheesy hearts” to impress your friends, relatives and loved ones! I’m definitely going to make some with my son again as a gift for his grandma. Come and join us to light up the life of our loved ones with these lovely and tasty cookies!
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