Sunday, February 9, 2014

Baby Steps to Free Range

I posted a photo yesterday of the pies that The Elder and Younger made this week.
They were made with cracker dough and filled with jam.
In the words of the Elder - "I think there was too much jam in there. This is too sweet!"

On Friday after school I brought out my A Year of Pies cookbook along with Time for Dinner and told each kid to choose a recipe.
Then we went to the grocery store and I sent each kid out to get the ingredients that they needed.
The Younger chose Bacon-Wrapped Fish Nuggets from Time for Dinner, he memorized the ingredients, cod fillets and bacon, and he led the way to the butcher counter and spoke with the butcher and then we had to look together for the bacon.
He wasn't interested in the actual makling, and I had to go to work so time was of the essence, but I think next time I'll make the time to get him involved in the cooking as well.
It was delicious, let me tell you...

The Elder chose a Lemon Meringue Pie from A Year of Pies.
I sent her out into the store alone and she came back with all of the necessary ingredients (with only the smallest bit of clarification about which butter-less butter to get.)

She made the dough for the crust alone, but then kind of lost interest as well.
She and I made the filling together, and she was pretty proud of the way the pie came out in the end.
This also didn't suck.
I think I was able to make some baby steps toward ceding control this week, and I am going to put the kids in charge of a meal more often.

1 comment:

Chrisknits said...

I wish I had done more of that when my girls were younger. But I am not a cook who likes people in my kitchen. I never know what I am going to do next, so I trip over people when they are in my kitchen. I did teach my oldest to make chicken and dumplings. And my youngest could do a good job from scratch if she needed to. But somethings can't be learned from a recipe book. Will look for that bacon wrapped fish!!