Monday, April 21, 2008

Cooking Lesson

The ten-year-old has developed an interest in cooking. Unfortunately, he only wants to fix elaborate, time-consuming dishes that we don't have the time and energy to help him with. This is a very common issue for the ten-year-old. He always wants to start at the top, by doing something advanced and complicated. We have not yet managed to persuade him of the value of starting with something simple and working his way up.

This weekend we found a way to accommodate his interest. He found a recipe that he liked, scanned it, and emailed it to Grandpa. Then we went over to Grandma and Grandpa and Grandpa and the ten-year-old made dinner. I was very impressed with how Grandpa worked with him. When we got there are the ingredients were laid out on the counter. The recipe called for two chopped onions, and Grandpa had done most of the chopping ahead of time so that he would be able to keep things moving quickly during the actual cooking. He gave not only clear instructions, but very clear explanations of the reasons behind the instructions.

It was really nice to see them both enjoying doing something together.

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