Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sometimes Cooking With Your Kids Can Mean...

broken dishes: or flour everywhere, or little fingers wanting a little pinch of this and a little pinch of that... But in the end, it's all worth it. A small sacrifice in the big picture of getting to spend quality time with my girls, them feeling like a useful part of our family and learning skills and passions that will follow them for a lifetime. I do love their help in the kitchen (most of the time).

What were we making in the kitchen before the dish crashed and broke? That little dish was the lid to our sourdough pot. Josie was feeding the sourdough (adding flour and water and stirring it) because we used almost all of our starter tonight to make pizza dough!

Turned out pretty yummy.

The other part of our meal was eggplant. These girls go wild for eggplant!

Honestly. I took that picture as Josie was saying "Yes, I do love eggplant!"
If you don't think you like eggplant, you should try this simple way of preparing it, and I promise, your family will love it!
Slice the eggplant. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil. Lay the eggplant circles on the cookie sheet, turning once as you lay each piece down to coat both sides with a little bit of oil. Sprinkle with salt, parmesan and basil. Bake in a 450 oven for about 10 min. Who wouldn't like something that has those ingredients on top?!!!
Kid tip: slice your kid's pieces. Although the eggplant itself is soft, I have had a little one choke on a piece of skin.

Here's little Ruthie eating her pizza. Nope, she's not a baby anymore, my almost 14 month old little talker!


akamilby said...

Oh my gosh, your kids are so cute! These are all such darling pictures. They are certainly all good helpers, and they look like pizza-loving-fools in these photos! You are so good to let them help: it's my kids favorite thing to do too.

Jo Miller said...

Lots of yummy meals at your house with so many helpers. Good cooking girls.
love you,
Grandma Jo

Hashim Alhamad said...

Who has the prettiest and bluest eyes in the world? RUTHIE!!

Michael and Jeanette said...

yea for cooking!!! I was just telling Michael today how I am excited for Maia to be old enough to help (play) prepare food. What fun! Also the eggplant looks delicious. I think I may try your recipe!

sarah marie said...

I will have to try your eggplant recipe this summer. Last summer I got lots of eggplant through my CSA share, and tried it on pizza, which I liked - it's good with red sauce or with pesto sauce. But I could sure use more ideas for ways to prepare it, since I'm expecting loads of it again this summer.

Seeing your kids in bandanas makes me smile. :)