My son dislikes eating greens and many other ingredients but is now gradually taking in a greater variety of foods in the recent weeks. He loves being included in kitchen chores and enjoys the food better when he has some part in the cooking process.
My son's kamameshi (his third time cooking this)
- he arranged various ingredients over the rice/water
He's enjoying eating better these days and more
eager to try every ingredient that's in a meal!
[Previous co-attempt with my husband's help]
Suitable cooking/kitchen tasks for kids:
(1) Peeling non-thorny vegetables (eg. baby beans, bean sprouts, edamame etc)
(2) Washing rice and measuring water for the rice cooker
(3) Placing ingredients into cooker
(4) Cleaning table top
(5) Washing vegetables
(6) Wrapping up refuse and disposal
(7) Arranging utensils and cutlery (only steel and melamine ones)
(8) Mixing and stirring drinks, egg mixture etc
(9) Pulling with dough
(10) Throwing salt/seasoning into the pan (non-splattering dishes only)
(11) Pressing "START" buttons (with supervision)
(12) Fetching ingredients from the fridge (only those in plastic containers in case of breakage)
(13) Squeezing ketchup and mayo onto food
(13) Garnishing dishes (eg with chopped spring onion, tomatoes etc)
Removing ends of the baby beans
Washing spring onion and breaking them
up into smaller lengths before I chopped these up
Things to look out for:
(1) Avoid having sharp objects like knives lying about - I use scissors to cut instead.
(2) Fire hazards like paper, toys and lighter should be cleared before you start cooking
(3) Slippery floor - ensure that kitchen tiles are dry
(4) Stating kitchen rules to the child before you start (eg. hands-off stove and during slicing etc)
Some near-disasters are to be expected at the start of training toddlers who are over-eager to touch and do everything-anything. After a few rounds of mishaps, shouting and shoving, he's alot more discerning about what he shouldn't touch.
Mishaps to expect:
(1) Inhaling pepper and seasoning - aaacchoooo!
(2) Getting spicy eyes from touching chilli/peppers/spices
(3) Fingers 'burnt' from test-touching stove, kettle, lids
(4) Cuts from scissors, sharp edges of tins
(5) Splattering oil/water and bits of onions jumping out from the pan
(6) Skidding (MUST train kids not to fling wet hands)
Well, it's nice to see him getting very fired up about cooking - I definitely don't want the kid to grow up not knowing how to do his own meal when he grows up (many Singaporean men ae spoilt rotten by doting mothers when it comes to cooking and household chores).