This weekend I taught the kids how to cook a meal, from beginning to end.
They have been wanting to learn to cook for a while so we decided a fun way to do this might be for them to cook dinner once a week. This week was their inaugural dinner for which they chose, Hot Diggity Dog Soup from the Blue Moon Soup Cookbook, which we found at our local library.
We talked about how you needed to read a recipe all the way through before you began to see if you could follow the directions and what groceries you would need. They then wrote out a shopping list and we walked to the store. I gave them a budget of $25 to get everything they needed. They went off to shop by themselves and found their ingredients and even taste-tested the hot dogs. They went through the check out and paid, their total was $23.56. They carried the shopping home.
Once back in the kitchen we talked about mise en place and preparing your work area. They got out all the ingredients and measured and chopped them. I gave them a pretty thorough lesson on how to operate the stove top which was both fascinating and frightening to them. Then they got to work, reading out the recipe as they went along, taking turns to add ingredients, stirring the pot and then finally cleaning up. I hung back and let them get on with it and it was awesome to watch. My daughter must have said at least twenty times, "this is so fun!"
They served us the soup with bread and butter and some parmesan cheese. Dessert was cherry pie, bought from the Co-op. The soup was delicious and all the better for knowing they made it themselves.
I am excited to see what they come up with next.