Cooking With Kids
Cooking is a fun activity with lots of learning potential. It is also a great way to share with your host children some of your favorite foods from the U.S. You can also learn new recipes from your host country.
- You can make meals and snacks fun and more attractive to picky eaters with a little creativity. You can even ask the kids for some great ideas!.
- Kids are more likely to enjoy and eat meals that they have helped plan and prepare.
- Theme meals (e.g. all one color, ethnic dishes, or something based on a story you’ve read) are fun to plan and eat.
- Kids can create a recipe box for their own ideas and to chronicle what they have already made. This is a good way to learn which foods fall into which categories and will help in menu planning).
- Always wash your hands first!
- Only adults may use the stove and oven (until the au pair and parents agree that children are ready to do so, with supervision).
- Turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove so pets or younger children won’t be able to pull them down.
- Start with plastic knives to learn how to slice and dice soft fruits. When a child is ready, use real knives with supervision.
- Don’t use electric appliances near water and always unplug when not in use.
- Assemble all ingredients and equipment before starting, so children are not left unsupervised.
Blueberry Muffin Recipe
The following recipe is a fun project for beginner chefs. Your local library or children’s activity websites are also good places to look for children’s recipes.
Makes 8 to 10 muffins
- 2 eggs
- 60g butter
- 115g caster sugar
- 250g plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 125ml milk
- 150g blueberries
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 mixing bowls
- Fork or whisk
- Wooden spoon
- Muffin sheet
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4 (350F)
- Cut the butter into small cubes. Add to large mixing bowl with caster sugar. Use a wooden spoon to cream the two together.
- Add eggs to the mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently sift together.
- Add small amounts of the dry flour mixture to the original mixture and stir well.
- Keep adding flour and milk until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the blueberries.
- Fill each greased or paper-lined cup of a muffin sheet about 2/3 of the way full.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown.
- Serve warm and enjoy!