September 29th 2020
Why we should allow our kids into the kitchen.
No this is not a story about the 1980’s pop group, but a quick reminder as to why you should let kids into the kitchen. With 4 teenage kids that we love most of the time, our family has always encouraged them to be healthy and have involvement in food, emphasising healthy food choices and dispelling the ‘good/bad’ food labels. We can’t say that they love to cook, but they don’t hate it and all take their turns to make meals.
When you think about it, cooking is a lifelong skill that is used almost every day of a person’s adult life. Why is so misunderstood and taught so little?
Here is our youngest’s (13yo) take on cooking and being in the kitchen… and his recipe for chocolate mug cakes
“I remember the first night when I was forced to make dinner. It was awful. I had to DO stuff, so much effort! I had to set the table, and worst of all… tidy up afterwards! But when I sat down, and I got to eat the meal I had made myself, I realised how proud I was of myself. I realised how good of a skill cooking is. And now, many annoying dinner-makings later, I’m so happy that I know how to cook and that I have that life skill, because now I don’t have to ask whenever I want cookies, or brownie, or cake, or… something healthy… because I can just make it myself!
I’m so glad I learned to cook at a young age, because it will stick with me for life. One of the thing is love about cooking is making a massive mess. It’s probably the one time I’m allowed to make a big mess and won’t get yelled at for it or told to clean it up, even though I do have to tidy up once I’m finished cooking… but that’s not the point, the point is that cooking is awesome. I love being able to cook, because not only is it an awesome skill, but its so much fun. I’ve made many memories in the kitchen, (one time we made vegemite scrolls, but added too much bicarb soda… they were NOT good) and I’m sure anyone else could too”
Sam’s Chocolate Mug Cake
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (you can use white or milk chocolate)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg, whisked
- 3 tablespoons self rising flour
- Icing sugar (optional)
- 1 strawberry, chopped (optional)
- Add chocolate chips and butter to your mug, and microwave until melted.
- Mix the melted chocolate and butter until combined, then add sugar and stir until combined.
- And egg and stir until combined.
- Add self rising flour and mix until combined. The consistency should be sticky.
- Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture has risen and is fluffy.
- Top with icing sugar and strawberries.
– Tracey, Adrian and Sam