Hello! I’m Mumma Z. I have a sweet daughter, who I will call Kiddo. Kiddo and I like to cook together. Honestly, Kiddo likes to do just about anything with me, and I like to cook with her. She is almost 2.5 years old (SLOW DOWN, TIME!), and I started cooking with Kiddo when she was 23 months old. I just checked the date of my first cooking photo to be sure of when we started. It seems like it has been longer than 6 months.
Anyway, I recently sent my sister some of the cooking photos and she gave me the idea for this blog. I hope to share fun stories about cooking with my toddler. I’ll share recipes, tips, failures…
The first thing Kiddo and I ever made together was mashed potatoes. I waited until my parents were away so we could make as big a mess as we needed without horrifying them. 🙂
I don’t follow a recipe for mashed potatoes, I just eyeball it, but this is what I used:
- 4 Idaho potatoes
- low sodium chicken broth
- Earth Balance: Soy Free Buttery Spread (aka butter)
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- large pot of water
- Wash the potatoes.
- Use a peeler to remove the skin. I did not have Kiddo help with this part because I was new to cooking with her, but I would let her help me do it now- with close supervision.
- Cut potatoes into quarters, then place in water to boil until tender.
- Drain water.
- Use masher to mash potatoes, I started this and waited for the potatoes to cool a bit before letting Kiddo help. She loved this part.
- Add broth, butter, and spices to taste (the adding and tasting are great toddler jobs).
- Continue to mash until potatoes reach the desired consistency.
We didn’t end up making as big of a mess as I anticipated. But, please go into this expecting a mess. Do NOT cook with your toddler expecting perfection. If your kid is like mine, you will have spills (accidental and intentional), incorrect ingredients added, ingredients added multiple times and/or in the wrong order… But you know what else you will have? A great memory. A shared experience. A new story to tell (for both of you).
Thanks for reading Cooking with the Kiddo!