Boys are cooking - yeah!!
The boys and I have a deal. Adventures in the morning and then I get to work in the afternoons/evenings. Part of the trade is that they make dinner so I don't have that taking up my time.
It's a really positive arrangement as I get a well needed break from the grind of family dinners every night. More importantly though they gain valuable cooking experience. Knowing how to cook is a critical life-skill. When they leave home it's so important they are confident putting a quick, simple, nutritious and budget conscious meal on the table. Otherwise what will they eat (shudder)?
Monday they worked collaboratively (yes, miracles happen - rare but all the more rewarding for that infrequency!) on meat pies. They made pastry and then Joe worked on the sauteed veg - leek, carrot, celery and garlic - and Max the tomatoey/mince mixture.
I have to say the pies were fab and as they made 2 giant ones I still have some left for lunches tomorrow.
Each year this gets easier as they start to be able to work unassisted but it does take time and energy (a lot) to get to the point where it's a help rather than a hindrance!!