As families adjust to the strange times we find ourselves in and children off school and at home. Why not consider using this time to cook together? Lucy Brazier, River Cottage contributor and mother of three shares her thoughts.
We are all looking for silver linings during this global emergency. There are difficult hurdles to overcome every day but there are also blessings to count. Many of us are now home schooling our children, thankfully with the brilliant resources provided daily by their teachers. This new routine may not always feel positive but there are fantastic ways to combine education and pleasure with delicious results.
This is the ideal time to get children more involved in the kitchen, if they are not already. Our home is now our world and food plays a crucial part in it, not just for fuel and health but as something to look forward to each day. It is the perfect opportunity for children to take control of the chopping board, learn about where their food comes from and how to transform it, with adult support and encouragement.
It is difficult to know what ingredients are currently available and supplies of staples are regularly running low but it is also important for children to understand this without scaring them. We should all be valuing our produce more, shopping locally and sustainably where possible and cooking food from scratch rather than relying on ready meals. There are fantastic cookbooks aimed at children,
River Cottage Baby & Toddler and the River Cottage Family Cookbook to mention two, but this is not a blog disguised as a sales message. In fact, this may be the moment not to follow recipes strictly, particularly if it is hard to get hold of certain ingredients. Let’s all be more creative in the kitchen and make space for our children to join us and discover the joy of cooking.
Over in our recipe section we have curated a
selection of recipes that are simple for children to cook and hope that they would enjoy eating. So this weekend why not give one a go?