My daughter has been obsessed with cooking lately. While she has always enjoyed helping me cook, her interest has grown to a whole new level. I am thinking that my husband’s recent failed attempt at making biscuits (see post from July 9, 2011, Guest Post From Perfectionist Biscuit Maker) has something to do with this desire to cook more. She commented that she could cook better than Dad, and wanted to prove it. A week after the failed biscuits were served, she asked if she could use the same recipe that Dad tried, and make some “good” biscuits. She experienced great success!
Now most mornings she comes downstairs and announces that she is making breakfast. Then she scours the fridge and cabinets for inspiration. On occasion she has asked for a little help, but generally she just calls us to the table when breakfast is ready. Pretty impressive for a 9-year-old!
Added to her breakfast regimen is now a desire to prepare dinner. Not just help with dinner, but prepare ALL of dinner, several times a week. Just last night she prepared a delicious Roma tomato, fresh basil, and parmesan egg noodle pasta, complete with olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. She beamed as she served her meal. We all beamed as we ate it!
I love that she has the interest, independence, and confidence to stretch her culinary skills. It is interesting to me that she was seemingly inspired by her Dad’s “epic failure” with the biscuits. Or could it be that she has an inherited competitive streak? Most likely it is a combination of the two. Whatever the reason(s), she is excited to cook, loves the challenge, and is having fun. Isn’t that what learning is all about?
At the end of each blog post, I have decided to share a list of what books my children and I are currently reading, as well as a link to the author’s website so you can learn more about him/her. I am hoping that this feature will provide book ideas for your children, as well as grown-up books for you to check out. I would love to hear what your family is reading as well! I always love new book suggestions, and don’t think you can spread good news about good books too often!
What We’re Reading…
Me: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Great book! Check out her website at www.thehappinessproject.com.
My son (12): The Big Field by Mike Lupica. This is at least the third time he has read this book. Check out Lupica’s website at www.mikelupicabooks.com .
My daughter (9): Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary. Check out Cleary’s website at www.beverlycleary.com .