Last week I told you about starting this new Tuesdays With Nana series and I introduced you to my 3-year-old grandson E and his baby sister Little K. This blogpost is part of that series. I don’t have a recipe for you today. Although there would have been if the crackers had turned out better. It’s a recipe that needs some tweaking and cooking with a 3-year-old doesn’t lend itself very well to recipe development.
If you would like a recipe for Gluten Free Crackers, you will find a few in my Recipe Index. My current favourite is any one of the three in the post for Sunflower Sesame Seed Crackers.
I must say that our little man is very eager and full of curiosity. Including him in cooking projects is always rewarding. I like to think it’s rewarding for both of us but I can tell you for certain it is for me.
Please join me (Nana the narrator) and my 3-year-old grandson (E the star of the show) for this pictorial journal of our Tuesday with Nana. On this day, we decided to make some crackers. Our little cooking project led to an impromptu picnic in the Fox Family Room.
Nana’s Rule #1: We must always wash our hands before handling food.
Set out on the counter are the ingredients for our crackers and Nana’s iPad where she keeps her Blog (and her recipes).
Nana has her cup of Tea and E has his glass of milk.
Cooking is thirsty work
E loves being able to add ingredients and watch things come together.
Nana likes that he is learning about home cooking.
Crackers don’t always come in a box.
Sometimes, they are from scratch, made with love.
Nana thinks it’s a joy to work with a youngster who is so eager and curious.
That curiosity backfired on E when he decided to see what baking soda tastes like…blech!
Rolling out cracker dough is difficult for a 3-year-old but E is still determined to give it a try.
One day he will be 4 years old and then he will be big and strong.
Nana was close at hand to finish the job and to use the sharp pizza cutter to score the dough before baking.
It’s fun to make shapes out of cheese with Nana’s cookie cutters.
These cheese shapes will go nicely with the crackers that are baking in the oven.
See that little stack of cheese scraps? E plans on eating those as soon as he finishes making cheese shapes.
E wants to know if they are crackers yet?
They are almost crackers now.
We just need to let them cool for a few minutes and then we get to break them apart along the lines Nana scored on the dough before she put them in the oven.
Lunch is ready, where shall we eat?
Let’s have a Picnic…but where?
Right here in the Family Room. Nana will get a blanket.
“Nana I think we made these crackers just right” and then he said “Nana, I love you”.
Nana’s heart melted. I love you too E!
Nana’s Tips for cooking with little ones:
- Young children have a short attention span and tire easily, choose a quick and simple recipe that you are familiar with. Gather your tools and measure the ingredients before inviting them to join you.
- Working with food stimulates their digestive juices, have a cup of milk or water on hand to keep them happy.
- Even very young children should learn about Food Safety and proper Food Handling Procedures
- Let your kids be as hands on as possible but always pay close attention to what their little hands are up to.
- Remember to never leave young children unattended with small appliances and cooking utensils in easy reach.
- Finish off with a fun activity, like a Picnic or a Tea Party. They will love you for it!
Do you have experience cooking with young children? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences and any helpful tips you might have. Please leave a comment or you can email me laureen(dot)foxinthekitchen(at)gmail(dot)com
To see a text listing of Laureen’s gluten free recipes, click here
For dairy, egg, nut and gluten free flour substitutions, click here
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This post is linked to the following events:
This post is linked to the following events:
Adventures With Kids In The Kitchen hosted by Carrie at Young Living Oil Lady
Waste Not Want Not Wednesday hosted by Danielle at Poor And Gluten Free
Simple Lives Thursday hosted by Diana at My Humble Kitchen
Traditional Tuesdays hosted by Melanie at Pickle Me Too
Family Table Tuesday hosted by Courtney at The Polivka Family
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