I hadn’t told my children about my “Feeding Your Children” theme this week.
At 8:22am this morning, my daughter said, “I want to make something. I want to cook mushrooms, tomato, rice and chicken and I want to eat it.” She continued talking aloud as she began to gather her ingredients.“I watched you and Dad and now I know how to do it.” She was moving and talking quickly, perhaps for fear that I might tell her she couldn’t proceed. Instead, I was marveling at her and slightly bemused. I had no intentions of stopping her, rather, I was curious to see it through. Up until today she had baked with me, as in measuring ingredients, stirring, and beating eggs, she’d made toast and cereal on her own many times, and she’d stirred scrambled eggs in the pan, but she’d never worked the entire experience on her own before.
“See, Mom, first I take out what I need. Then I cut it.” She was doing her own quantity assessment and cutting on the cutting board with a rather dull table knife; I didn’t stop her. Instead, I handed her a bowl and told her what she was doing was called “kitchen prep” and she should place all her items in the bowl first, rather than going directly to the pan. She took this in stride without missing a beat. “So, now I need the rice, right, Mom?” Luckily for the expediency of her first self-initiated “on the stove” cooking, we had rice and chicken already cooked, easily accessible leftovers waiting for her. She removed both from the refrigerator, helped herself to a serving of rice, and then proceeded to slice the chicken. At this point I told her to make a little extra, hey, I was hungry, too. I wasn’t fazed by it being morning and her meal being more of a savory-dinner type of menu; I have heard from more than one expert that breakfast is a great time to eat soup, salad, rice, and cooked vegetables.
After her ingredients were prepped I helped her pour the olive oil in the pan and then she made sure it covered the entire surface. I turned the dial to light the stove and handed her a wooden spoon. She watched over her meal and when it was done I handed her three bowls. She served her brother, and I, and then filled her bowl. Delicious. It was a marvelous milestone moment. She is six and a half.
Stay tuned for Feeding Your Children Part IV: coming soon!
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