As someone who likes to start things (but not always finish them) each summer I create grand goals for family life (last year it was Family Rehab), only to see them wither within weeks, if not days. Some failures include:
- Bible Study every morning
- Kids cleaning up every night
- One beach towel/kid/week
- An hour of reading/kid every day
- Kids learning how to cook
This summer, I’m renewing my last goal. I feel the need to pass on my best skill to my kids. To live healthy adult lives in our fast food/everything processed world, they MUST learn to cook healthy food! And frankly, I’d like to share cooking responsibilities.
At this point, I have one kid who loves to cook and bake, one kid who hates to cook, and one kid who’s interested but has no skill. Sunday night, I declared that each one needs to cook one day/week this summer–with the caveat that their food has to be healthy and something I (in my pre-diabetic state) and Scott (in his mid-life state) can eat.
Yesterday was the first day of the experiment. Ren, after finding 11 recipes from some diabetic website and scheduling out his whole summer menu, wanted to make Rachel Ray’s Baked Samosas. (I’m pretty sure those didn’t come from any diabetic website)
He was so enthusiastic, we started around 3 p.m. Good thing because it took the rest of the afternoon to teach him how to chop onions and potatoes, measure out spices, grate ginger, saute everything. The eew moment came when we lifted the flour lid to find lots of little tiny bugs crawling madly away in our white flour.
I realized that my grand goals usually fail because I need to manage and train the kids throughout the process and I lose steam. Those little bugs made me lose a lot of steam.
But the samosas came out great! Ren was so enthusiastic that he invited our friends across the street for dinner, and although the samosas were about 1/4 of the final meal, they were the most popular part and sure took the longest to prepare.
As I write, the kid who doesn’t like to cook is making vichyssoise–cold leek and potato soup. I’ve had to re-teach her how to chop an onion, how to clean and chop leeks, and the most efficient way to dice potatoes. She’s grumpy because I’m making her cook today rather than tomorrow so the soup has time to cool. But if you choose to cook a cold soup, you’ve got to plan ahead so the soup is actually cold when you want to serve it. Also, tomorrow’s supposed to be 95 degrees and there’s no way anyone’s going to want to slave over a hot stove in the upcoming heat wave.
Least of all me.
Rachel Ray’s Oven-Baked Samosas with Mint-Cilantro Dipping Sauce