Recently when I have been coming home from work, my kids have transformed my living room into a make shift kitchen. They have pots, pans, rolling pins, ricers, and bowls all laid out. I asked them what they were doing and they said, "cooking like you". My daughter would even throw one of my white kitchen towels over her shoulder exactly like I do. I have to admit it was pretty cool to see my kids emulate my behavior in the kitchen. My son even asks for real ingredients to use, but I had to deny that request if I didn't want heavy cream and eggs all over my furniture. Maybe one of them will follow my foot steps into the kitchen, only time will tell.
In the past I have let my kids help me in the kitchen, especially when I bake. They really like to add ingredients to the bowls and use the hand mixer. This past weekend I told them that we would make brownies. I'd figure it would be something fun for the three of us to do, and give me an opportunity to develop my own brownie recipe.
Before we even got started, my daughter indicated she wanted to hold one of the boxes of semi-sweet chocolate, so I let her, and a few minutes later my son TJ came and told me to come into the living room. There I see my daughter with an open box and an unwrapped piece of chocolate. I guess I couldn't blame her too much, who doesn't love chocolate. I rescued the chocolate from the couch and finished getting all of the ingredients together.
The kids and I went into the kitchen and started melting the chocolate, and getting our dry ingredients together. Once the chocolate was melted, I couldn't help but let them taste the melted chocolate, that may have been a mistake, because they wanted to keep eating it. We finally finished our brownie batter and put it in the oven. You would think the kids would be standing by the oven waiting for them to get done, but my little ones could care less. When I pulled them out of the oven they smelled great. We let them cool, and after dinner we tasted them and they tasted really good. The kids loved them. I will post the recipe once I test it again.