Cooking for Kids
Step-by-step cooking for kids with fun recipes
Kids will have loads of fun melting and pouring (and finally eating!) their very own handmade chocolate creations.
We've compiled a list of our favourite, simple-to-make and delicious kiddies desserts. These recipes will show you just how easy it is to have some kid friendly fun in the kitchen!
Creativity in the Kitchen
Many of us get bored eating the same meals every week, every Sunday a cooked meal; take-out during the week and of course, pasta on Thursdays! Whatever your routine may be, it CAN BE FUN to let the kids loose in the kitchen. This might be a very scary thought, but you can help them at first and guide them just a little and keep a close nose for burn smells.
You can invent your own recipes, and be creative in doing so. Instead of just making meatballs, why not stuff them with fresh mushrooms, some lavender and sprinkle some cheese on top?
For those of you who are beginners in the art of cooking, the following list will help you get started.
- Choose uncomplicated recipes when you first start cooking. You don't want to end up confused with the ingredient list, or having to study the conversions of ounces into grams.
- Read the recipe through from beginning to end before you start. Do you have all the right ingredients? Utensils? Appliances?
- Make sure you understand all the steps in the recipe.
- Check the clock and make sure you have enough time to make the recipe. You don't want to spend hours in the kitchen — chopping vegetables and measuring ingredients. If you have to get dinner on the table by a certain time, figure out when you'll need to start in order to have the meal ready. Most recipe instructions include the amount of time it takes to prepare the dish. It might be a good idea to add 10 or 15 minutes to that time when you first try to conquer the kitchen — just to be on the safe side.
- Assemble all your ingredients in one place before you start.
- Pull out the utensils, measuring cups, and spoons you'll be using and keep them close so you won't need to run all over the kitchen.
- Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before any kind of food preparation. You may need to wash your hands several times as you cook, especially after touching raw meat, poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, and egg products.
- Don't be afraid to fail a few times. Cooking is like anything else — it takes practice. So even if no one likes your stuffed meatballs, just remember: delicious meals come out of creative, adventurous and imaginative minds with love.
The fun part of being a kid in the kitchen is you might get away with even making your parents eat burnt food a couple of times.
Cooking can be loads of fun for kids, but remember it can also be very dangerous - it's not time to play, but to have fun being grown-up and responsible.
Get your Mom or Dad involved in the first one or two attempts. They might just be able to assist with stirring or something.