I’m starting a new family tradition where every Sunday, I (sometimes with the help of Max) cook dinner every Sunday. I learn how to plan (as if I need more practice!), cook (more complicated things like butchering chicken), clean up, write my own blog posts, coordinate meals (one veggie, protein, carbohydrate, dessert that go well together), and get everything done at the right time. This is the fourth Sunday in a row and I am pleased with the results so far.
In about a year I am planning to collect all the recipes I have used so far and put them together in a real cookbook for kids. I love and cherish a cookbook called Riverside Cottage Family Cookbook which explains everything from cutting meat to making cheese and dessert. It has many pictures and easy to follow instructions. I plan to make my cookbook just as good and designed for kids like me who want to learn real skills and cook real food. Not that there’s a problem with easy-bake ovens and macaroni and cheese, but when you reach a certain age, you want to cook real food.
These are the first four meals:
- Baked Chicken
- Green Beans
- Fried Mashed Potatoes
This meal was inspired by by Laura Ingalls Wilder Cookbook. As with most things you do for the first time, it was not the best meal– or at least as I expected. It was hard to plan it and get the timing right so that all the food was ready at the same time. But I was excited to keep going and looked at my books for more ideas.
Sorry no photo of this one!! But it was delicious– maybe the best so far. I plan on making it again and we will get photos next time!
February 27, 2011
- Lamb kebabs
- Fragrant rice
- Flat breads
All of the things from this meal were homemade and from the Riverside Cottage Family Cookbook.
- Cheese Straws
- French Apple Tart
This meal was delicious but maybe a little un-healthy and elaborate. This was the first meal using other cookbooks: Baking Illustrated and Sunday Soup, both of which I highly recommend. Mama says that if she could only take one cookbook to college, Baking Illustrated would be it. This book has everything!
- Cheesy Cauliflower
- Veggie Fritters √
- Lemon Rosemary Chicken
- Rice Pilaf
- Shortbread With Special Strawberries and Homemade Ice-cream
This was tonight’s meal an oh am I stuffed! The veggie fritters were a special hit, though Max refused to eat dinner when he found out that there were mushrooms in the fritters. The best thing about this dinner is that it’s pretty quick and easy and the fritters use almost any veggies in the fridge. The ultimate kitchen sink dish! Everyone was impressed with the texture of the shortbread.
I’m so excited to have another big project to work on and I hope you like reading about it! Check back on Mondays to see our next installment!