Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Making of A ‘Lil Foodie

My husband says I'm a good cook. That's good enough for me, knowing I can please him with my limited kitchen skills. It's hard to say so for myself.  But I can say I know my way around my kitchen. It must be because I grew up with a family of good cooks or could be just because I love to eat. I think everyone who appreciates good food should learn how to cook. When I got married, I was able to experiment more with food. I’m not the type who follows a recipe to the letter but I do get inspiration from recipe books, culinary websites and TV shows. When we had a baby, a made a note to myself that I would give a head start to our child in the kitchen. 

Even when we did not have  household help, our son got used to seeing me working in the kitchen. The day he said the word "COOK" was like music to my ears! I knew this is the right time for me to start teaching him a skill that any real gentleman should know. To keep him busy while I prepare dinner, I would give him a small pot and a wooden spoon. He would insist I also give him an apron so I would hang on his neck a kitchen towel to serve as his little apron.  

One of Caleb’s favorite restaurant food is pizza so I thought of preparing something he is already familiar with. But since mommy likes to put a little twist to everything, we tried making Whole Wheat Pizza Tortilla Rolls instead. First, I set up all the ingredients and introduced their names one by one. I let him touch, smell and look closely at the ingredients. Then I showed him how to put all the ingredients in the tortilla and guided him to do the same.  After we have assembled all the tortillas, I set up a picnic on his play mat and there enjoyed a special lunch together. It was a great learning and bonding experience for me and Caleb.  And I’m definitely looking forward to the day when he would be the one to cook for me and his dad.

Assembling the Ingredients - Green Bell Peppers, Cooked Ham, Onions, Seasoned Spaghetti Sauce, Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Quick Melt Cheese slices and Whole Wheat Tortilla

The 'lil foodie at work

Finished Product - Yum!

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