Today I am writing about one of our favourite activities: cooking (more like messing up the kitchen to me but let’s leave it like that). PogaBaby loves to be in the kitchen, I think it’s actually his favourite room in the house. This is partly because I’ve involved him in everything I did in the kitchen ever since he was a baby, I would hold him on my hip while cooking or cleaning, and talk through the process...he loved it.
There is a downside to this, now I can never cook without him. Every time I am in the kitchen, he comes reaching his arms out to me...he can recognize the noises made by our kitchen utensils. He knows when I am making coffee, he even knows how to use the coffee machine and he is quite good with the hand blender. I never discourage him, even though this may mean more work for me afterwards, because I know this is a stepping stone for a healthy child parent relationship and I believe in children’s genuine desire to help their parents.
I’ve also been trying to get him to eat more vegetables, raw or cooked, so I am always on the lookout for healthy but tasty recipes. So today, we cooked together, we made Zucchini gnocchi. The verdict: easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Ingredients: 115 g peeled and diced potatoes, 175 g peeled and diced zucchini, 1 egg yolk, 5 tbsp flour, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, 4-5 tbsp grated cheese (we used Gruyere)
Peel and dice the potatoes. We have a plastic knife that Pogababy uses, but never unsupervised. He particularly enjoyed washing the potatoes.
Boil the potatoes and zucchini until tender (15-20 minutes). Once the vegetables are tender, you can proceed to the mashing part. Children will particularly enjoy this, here is Pogababy at work:
Add the egg yolk and flour one tablespoon at a time.
Add the spices and mix well. The dough should be soft and moist, if it is too watery add some more flour. Here is how mine looked:
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Take a tablespoon of the batter and pour in boiling water. Cook gnocchi until they float, 3 to 5 minutes depending on size. Drain and serve sprinkled with melted butter and grated cheese. Goes well with slices of raw vegetables (carrot, cucumber, cauliflower).
In the end Pogababy was too tired and fell asleep before the gnocchi were ready.
I hope you have an awesome time trying this out with your little ones. You could also set up a small corner in the kitchen where they can cook on their own. It will certainly keep them busy for quite a while, as long as you encourage such play. This small wooden play kitchen would be perfect for any kitchen size:
And here is some cool pretend play food: