Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wesley Cooks Dinner

Yesterday my 6 year old son asked me if he could fix dinner. He sees me and Rebekka cooking and wanted to do it. So tonight he helped me cook dinner. He came up with the recipe, and actually cooked part of it.

The first thing he made was baked beans with hamburger meat in them. He fried the hamburger meat with salt and onion. He pulled his chair up to the stove top. (yes mom was very nervous). I stood there with him and had the stove eye on medium. (It took thirty minuets to brown the meat but he didn't get burnt) I held the pan while he stirred. He then added two cans of baked beans, a table spoon of mustard and about a table spoon of molasses. He stirred it together and I put it in the oven to bake until bubbly.

The next thing he wanted to cook was pumpkin bread. (He has a huge sweet tooth.) We made the recipe below. It says it makes two loafs but he wanted it in a bunt pan. He puts black walnuts in this. (He loves them and we have several trees)

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Mix dry ingredients. Add the wet and mix until just blended. Pour into grease loaf pan or a bunt pan. Bake at 350 until a tooth pick comes out clean.

It is important to encourage our kids to get into the kitchen and cook. It helps them learn science, math, where their food comes from and what is in their food. Plus Wesley got to spend time with his mom and feel like he did something very important. ex specially when there was no casserole left over at all.