"What's for dinner, Mom?"
"I don't know, honey, why don't YOU tell me."
We started a new Summer tradition...and I LOVE it. The kids have a night of the week that they are in charge of dinner. They have to come up with the idea, let me know the ingredients needed, and then show up to prepare it. They can come up with anything...maybe they want to learn how to make one of their favorites or maybe they want to make what they already know. I'm there to help if they want. Now, we did wait until 8'o clock to eat this yummy meal because "someone" was off golfing and not thinking about dinner until his tummy got hungry...I'm not mentioning names but...
BBB (Big Boy Brock) did a fabulous job making Peanut Thai Chicken. I know, you couldn't tell how impressed and proud I was. (When I started taking pictures he was a little put off and told me, "You better not be putting these on YOUR BLOG!" He never reads this.)
I really love spending the one-on-one time with the kids in the kitchen. I hope that they can all find the enjoyment in cooking that I have yet to find. (I do love to bake, though.) It was great to see BBB add his own touch of basil and cilantro to the recipe. (I didn't even know he'd know to do that!) Maybe someday his wife will thank me (and his big sister) for teaching him to cook. It is my gift to "her". (Something I would have wanted!)
I could tell that it, indeed, did make him feel good that I was excitedly snapping shots of his culinary accomplishment; when it came time to photograph his dish, he hurriedly sprinkled more red peppers into the bowl to make it look good. I laughed.
Special note: This not only has alleviated the pressure off me of "what am I going to make for dinner tonight", but also the pressure of Hubby being happy with the choice of what's for dinner. If it's scrambled egg sandwiches, he's a bit deflated, and I just say, "But it's what she wanted to learn to make." No problem.