Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cooking with Nanny

One of the greatest gifts in life is a grandchild.  Get more and the gift just keeps on growing.  I am very fortunate to have Elizabeth (3 and a half years old) and Logan (2 years old).

Elizabeth is just getting to the stage when she wants to help Nanny in the kitchen so last visit we went and bought her an apron (predictably she chose pink) and got out her Pampered Chef ‘My Safe Cutter’ (see www.pamperedchef.biz/partieswithHeidi), the bathroom stool and we were ready to roll.

Together we made apricot flapjacks followed by rice krispie cakes.  Elizabeth (aka Lizzy) was keen to be shown how to use her knife in a proper sawing motion to cut her apricot into pieces.  I would like to say her pieces were somewhat bigger than mine!  I was impressed with the manual dexterity Lizzy showed when she filled up the cup cake cases with the krispie cakes.

In anticipation of future cooking sessions I recently bought the Usborne ‘Children’s Book of Baking Cakes by Abigail Wheatley.  The book is full of easy recipes for cup cakes, tray bakes, cakes and more with a helpful two page spread on Baking Basics. The recipes are clear and concise and easy to follow with photos of the finished products to compare your efforts against. I will be trying these recipes with Lizzy and will keep you informed.  For more books like this from Usborne contact Lisa Nichols (Twitter @TheBookMums)

Next time Lizzy is due to visit I will have a recipe ready and all the ingredients and we will do some more ‘Cooking with Nanny’.

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