Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
About two years ago, while visiting with us, our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, watches an episode of Master Chef Junior with my husband, Danny. She is enthralled seeing children as young as nine creating dishes most adults can only dream of making. When the show ends, Virginia asks wistfully, "Papa, can you make me a Master Chef?"
Danny chuckles. "Wait until you are a little bit older, Virginia, and yes, then I'll be happy to teach you how to cook."
Now that Virginia is seven, we both feel she's ready to embark on her journey to becoming a future chef. This is one of the gifts she receives for Christmas.
This kit may look childish on the outside, but it's definitely not. All the tools, utensils and measuring cups/spoons are just what you'd expect to find in an adult kitchen. Virginia is so excited to begin her first real cooking lesson with her Papa. The recipe they choose? Lemon cookies!
Danny shows Virginia how to grease the cookie sheet.
Checking her new apron pockets for her tools of the trade.
Holding her bright red cup measure while Papa pours the sugar.
The mixer, which she turned on, is whirring away,
While Virginia looks on thoughtfully.
Cracking an egg like an expert!
Adding the egg to the sugar mixture
Here comes the vanilla!
Watching closely what Papa is doing
Squeeze that lemon!
Now for the flour mixture
More measuring, and trying out her brand new whisk
Virginia defers to Danny to actually get the cookies onto the sheet, but she's all in the game when it comes to making icing. Yum!
And the final product? See for yourself!
Virginia is so proud of herself, and so she should be. Each time she visits, Danny plans to engage her in some baking/cooking activity. Who knows? With this kind of start in the right direction, perhaps Virginia will one day be an amazing chef.
Just like her Papa!