|One handed egg cracking|
Last week, Youngest and I were discussing skills he needs when he grows up, cooking being one of them, especially for a new Eagle required MB (merit badge) for Boy Scouts.
"Oh, I don't need to learn how to cook. When I go to college, I'll live at home and eat your food, like Oldest and Only do. Then I'll get married, and my wife will cook. If she is ever gone, I'll eat sandwiches, cereal, and microwaveable meals," he says with a smirk. Note: Making Mac and Cheese in the microwave, fixing a bowl of cereal, and using an MRE while on a Boy Scout campout, does not count as cooking.
|Youngest's Popcorn chicken|
It has been rather interesting to see my boys in the kitchen. Things I assumed they would know because they grew up here, they don't. Makes me feel like I've really messed up because I've not done this sooner or required them in the kitchen more regularly. Only has been in the kitchen with me regularly, she usually comes in to see how she can help, so she knows what it really takes and I have much confidence and appreciation for her.
- Mom, we don't have any black pepper (it's in the pepper grinder for fresh pepper, not in a McCormick jar).
- Where do we keep the big flat cooking things? You know, the things you put cookies and bread on. (Oh, you mean a cookie sheet?).
- How do I broil something. Isn't it the same as baking?
- Where is the salt container and how do I fix rice?
- There's a difference between dry and liquid measuring cups!
- You mean I can't use the same cutting board for meat as I do for veggies?
- How am I supposed to measure the pepper from the grinder (as he attempts to shake the pepper from the grinder into a measuring spoon)?
- Oops! Guess we're having really brown bread - wasn't thinking to check it.
|Oldest Fish Dish|
Sounds soooooo familiar! Then i got calls from my new Marine, Mom, how do you: cook tuna out of a can?, cook a precooked chicken breast, make mac-n-cheese....scramble eggs! I LOVED Laughing a full minute before I would tell him how! Celeste
Did you teach your kids how to cook, do you feel they are prepared or on their way to being prepared to be on their own, and how did you do it? What age were they when they joined you in the kitchen? Is there anything you would have done differently?