K has been in charge in the kitchen today. While I’ve been studying she has prepped my signature dish of sweet and sour meatballs for tea and rustled up a batch of brownies. She has washed up all the things she used and wiped round when she was finished, she even made me a cuppa. After saying just a few days ago (see here) that I needed a bit of looking after, it has been lovely.
K really enjoys both cooking and baking and is gaining confidence to try her hand at new recipes. She’s also learning that just because you don’t like an ingredient doesn’t mean you won’t like the end product – for example, the sauce for the meatballs contains tomato sauce which she hates, but it is one of her favourite meals.
Nice as it is to have someone else cooking and cleaning, I’m careful K doesn’t do too much – she’s 13 and deserves her free time because she works hard at school and with her homework. But she’s keen to continue doing it so we’ve decided that one day a week she will be in charge of choosing and making a meal, and the other days she can choose if she wants to help or not. I think that’s a good compromise.