Cooking With Kids
I was far from useful or talented when it came to the kitchen as a kid, I remember Mum coming home just in time to stop me putting salt in the shortbread - I had mistaken it for sugar. Things didn't improve greatly into my 20's either. I cooked my husband to be a focaccia bread that he kindly attempted a few bites. At the end of the meal he suggested that may be the birds might like it. That bread sat outside for a week, not even a rat tackled it. I knew he was a keeper after that though!
When we had kids of our own I decided they were going to learn how to cook ... maybe we kind of learnt together :-) Hopefully if you're stuck for cooking ideas these might inspire you. Be prepared for mess and at times, a little frustration on everyone's part but most of the time, the results are worth it!
Pizza has always been a winner for us! On a winter's day it filled in quite a chunk of time, and once the kids got older they helped each other. This scone base pizza recipe was easy to make and fun to photograph as they put the toppings on!
If we're in a hurry the pre-cooked bases are perfect though! Super quick and easy and still a rewarding feeling that they've cooked dinner.
Baking is always a huge hit! It might well be the thought of licking the bowl afterwards that's rather a good enticement!
I try to get them to do as much as possible themselves even if it is tempting to jump in! Now they are a bit older I am hardly needed, I just get to taste test, my favourite!
These Easter biscuits from the Edmonds cookbook are something the boys look forward to making every year, kind of plain but super yummy and easy to make. Wanting to bake these with your kids ... here's the recipe and remember to photograph some special moments!
Banana cake was one of the first cakes I tackled and it's always so super yummy! We never eat all our bananas before they go brown so they usually get put in the freezer for smoothies or cake. I usually mash them and the kids do the rest. This banana cake has its fair share of chocolate chips so we put plain icing sugar on which made everyone smile ;-) If you want to check out the Edmonds recipe here on banana cake, remember to take a few photographs of your kiddos becoming their own master chefs!
I think these Nigella Lawson's butter cut-out biscuits have been my absolute favourite to watch our youngest bake though, and lots of fun to photograph too! It was the icing that was the fun bit! He baked these during Lockdown (you can see more photos of lockdown here) and had great fun mixing all the colours and designing the decoration.
He layered the icing so he had quite a few different designs! We had red, blue, green, black and icing sugar white so he played all afternoon with his mixes, tints and shades, an artist with an eye for colour!
As a lifestyle photographer it's my passion to photograph these moments. I realise not everyone is as keen as myself but it is worth having a few shots in the album. Over the years their journey can be documented showing the mess to the master chef! And the great thing about baking with your kids is they are learning maths, hand eye co-ordination, and getting fun one on one time with you! Hopefully this blog has given some inspiration to spend time cooking with your kids.
If you'd like a mini session with your chef in the making feel free to get in contact, these are such good moments to have recorded!
Caroline is a Family Lifestyle Photographer who loves to document family stories in an emotive and creative way. She enjoys tangibly preserving stories into beautiful albums and framed or boxed artwork.