Saturday, February 13, 2010

The five year old cooks!



Little M made mini-ricotta cheesecakes the other day. She has been inventing her own recipes for cakes and cupcakes for a while now. Baking soda is the hardest part to get right, but she is a quick study. This recipe she dug out of a recipe book Miss Bettye gave her. She absolutely loves this recipe book and counts on it for all her cooking inspiration. I am going to have to give her another kids cookbook for her birthday because she needs to widen her range to things other than sweet treats.  I say that in the most loving way. I just cannot look at the peanut butter cupcake recipe another time.
This last week her mini-cheesecakes turned out just fine for a five year old talent. I made her do the dishes after she was finished, and her butt was so cute, I had to take photos.
The first day of kindergarten she told me..."mama, kindergarten is so great! I get to wash dishes there!" Three big cheers for waldorf kindgerten.
Monday I will post the great photos I took from our beach adventure today.

18 comments:

Becky said...

That's great. My kids like to help but not so much on the cleaning up. I think they're spoiled. Shoot.

S. Kahlon said...

Your daughter is so cute. She looks very poised and sure of herself. :)

And I know what you mean (in a later post) about being sad about children growing up. I don't have any kids of my own (I'm 20); but I do have two younger siblings that I basically raised. I still fear the day that I go home for break and realize that no one wants to build a giant fort in the living room and live in it for a week (much to the dismay of my mother). Hopefully it will never come.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any recommendations for cookbooks for kids? I too have a 5 year old daughter who LOVES to cook so I'm hoping to find her something so she can feel in charge...

Donna said...

Jessica - my son was in the kitchen from the time he was 2 years ols helping out. At age 3 we named him the Muffin Man, because he could turn out a batch of muffins with pretty minimal help. It has continued to this day. He's 26 and he and his friends cook for leisure! He often call for a recipe or calls me to SHARE a recipe! Our big Christmas Eve blow-out dinner is cooked mostly by Ben and his dad at this point (I create the menu and do the sides - Sam cooks the meat and bakes the bread. Ben cooks the goose and makes a sauce. You are giving your daughter a true gift! And it will always be something you share - even when she's a teenager and sharing is rare! We could be barely speaking over some little thing, and I would suggest something to cook together, and within 30 minutes, we'd be chattering away with each other and close again! Enjoy!

michaela said...

reminds me of my youth in my mother's kitchen! except it was marigold (early 80s) and not gorgeous like the space you have. :)

Jessica said...

Ben is suck a lucky guy to have had a mom to inspire him like you did. As a nutritionist, I feel deep in my heart that people like Ben can help the next generation love food cooked from scratch. I will find a new kids cookbook and post it! I have to find one for M's upcoming 6th birthday. Thanks everyone! Really magical having you all here peeking into our country world!!

Jaynel said...

Ohh...so cute!

Kat said...

Hey there,

I wandered over here from 101 Cookbooks. I'm so glad I did! Your blog is great!

It's funny because your daughter looks so cheerful. Having gone to one myself, I was thinking, "gee, I bet she'd do great at a Waldorf School." Lo and behold, she goes to one. Hurrah! Hope she's enjoying it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Our son loved " clueless in the kitchen" by Evelyn Raab - there is a nice vegetarian version, too. And he loved and used it long before the teens :)

Allison said...

What is the cookbook that your daughter loves? I am a youth services librarian and often get asked to recommend children's cookbooks. I have several that I have worked from and love, but maybe this one will add to the list! Also, I am loving a new cookbook by Gold called "Eat Fresh Food." It is geared towards middle and high schoolers but younger kids could easily make the recipes. I've made several recipes from it and they've gotten rave reviews from friends and colleagues. I found your blog from Heidi's and am already a big fan! THANKS! --Allik

Jessica said...

Allison..the cookbook my little one uses regularly is "Baking With Kids" by Linda Collister. Great photos, easy instructions. "Eat Fresh Food" looks great though..I just peeked at it on amazon. I am a big fan of crepes which are in that book. Really easy to make and store. Can go sweet or savory route. Oh..I think I feel another blog post coming on! Thank you for visiting and giving me such great feedback!

Heather L said...

Hi there, I have also wandered into your site from 101 Cookbooks- great to find another vego site. My daughter (now aged 9) still really enjoys her cook book 'Pretend Soup & Other Real Recipes- A Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up' by Mollie Katzen (of Moosewood fame). The book has very simple vego recipes with pictorial instructions (for pre-readers). The names of the dishes are great too- Carrot Pennies, Zucchini Moons & Pretend Soup for example. There are other books in this series by Katzen but I haven't come across them here (in Australia). Maybe do an Amazon search? Another favourite book of my daughter has been "Angelina Ballerina- My First Cookbook" by Katharine Holabird with simple baking. Lily & I love the Cheesy Niblets biscuits & Mini Cheese Pies from this. Another absolutely amazing book is "Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids" by Stephanie Alexander (a reknowned Australian chef who helped start kitchen gardens in schools). The recipes aren't all vegetarian, but enough are to make it a very worthwhile addition. Very detailed instructions, gorgeous tasting recipes, great photos and an inpirational story about starting the kitchen garden scheme in primary (5-12year olds)schools. Okay, so now I am really hungry! Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes (esp. garbanzo/carrot pancakes- maybe tonight!).
Cheers,
Heather (living happily in rural Australia)

Farmer Jo said...

Love it! Can I ask where you go that fabulous metal chair?? Very cute blog

Jessica said...

Heather..today is our library day and am going to look for those cookbooks. Molly Katzen's cookbook was the first cookbook I owned way back in college!

Farmer Jo..I wish so much that I could remember where I bought our chairs. I can tell you they are aluminum and they were about $90 each. If I can find you a link I will try to send you a message. They are super durable and easy to clean.

Jennifer said...

I also found you through Heidi's blog- what a a find! I am glad to discover you too!

When my kids grow up a little more, I want to go back to school to be a nutritionist. Food is so key to health, as well as one of life's great plaesures and such a connector of family, friends and community!! Are any of your friend's of the "if its green, I will not touch it with a ten foot pole" ilk? Do you have any sure-fire recipes that have lured them to the "green side"? (muuwhaaahaaa!) I hide things in meatloaf and soups, but I wish I would get my youngest to eat it overtly! Many thanks ♥

Jessica said...

Jennifer..such a great great comment. My daughter goes to a waldorf kindergarten, and they make all the lunches there in the classroom. We are talking millet, quinoa, vegetable soup, rice and beans and baked potatoes over 5 days. They get olive oil, butter and braggs to season their food with. Their snack is fruit and nuts and cheese. I volunteer there regularly, every other friday on "soup day". There are kids who start at the beginning of the year not eating a bite of vegetable soup or anything else. Eventually, they almost all eat a heaping bowl of grains and love it...a social experiment to me I have been watching all year. My little girl does not (like most kids) crave vegetables, but eats quite well. But, she understands the term we use a lot "growing food" which is the food you eat to run fast, have fun with friends, grow strong and play all day. She gets that part, and that is what I focus on. When she is showing off, climbing a tree or the jungle gym, I comment to her about how strong she is and how we get strong (growing food!) I too, put things in food like meatloaf, and tell her "the growing food is mixed in with the meatloaf tonight". The only children we are friends with who love and crave vegetables (like a carrot pulled up from the garden is a treat) are farmers. But I think introducing the term "growing food" was really key into launching into the veggie food realm!

Allison said...

Hi there--Thanks so much for the recommendation of Collister's cookbook. I'm going to give it a try. Oh and I love "Pretend Soup" too! Mmmmmmmmm! Carrot garbanzo pancakes sound awesome! Stomach currently grumbling! Take care--
Allison

Allison said...

Jessica--Finally got "Baking with Kids" by Collister through interlibrary loan--hooray! I can't wait to give some of these recipes a try--and I'm a so-called grown-up! tee hee Thanks--Allison

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