Monday, 7 April 2014

Learning to cook

DD is in her third year of secondary school, and has two hours of "Food Technology", (commonly known as cooking), every fortnight. In that time she has learnt how to produce two main meals; curry and pizza! Words fail me...
I am fully aware that teaching my children to cook is up to me, and they do help out in the kitchen. However, feeling slightly nervous that she will spend her early adulthood subsisting on ready meals, we have decided that during school holidays that she will cook one main meal a week from scratch. I found an out of print cook book for young people in a charity shop, and off she went. In February we had a pasta dish, and this week she decided to make chicken nuggets. 

I don't know about DD; but I learnt a valuable lesson - always read the recipe carefully before agreeing your child can cook it! This particular version required DD to deep-fry the nuggets. I have never deep-fried anything, and I wasn't very keen to leave my 13 year old in charge of a pan of hot fat! We decided to use a small saucepan, and fry in batches.

The results were very tasty, if not exactly the healthy meal I was hoping my daughter would be learning to cook! They would give McDs a run for their money. I will post the recipe if anyone is interested.


  1. I make my own nuggets and cook them in my wok as I do not have a deep fryer. Perhaps you could try a change next time and set a budget, buy the ingredients or select from stock and get her to make a meal from them. You could have a little competition and do the same yourself the following week.

    1. Hello Pam, thank you for the ideas! I particularly like the idea of setting her a budget. I think that would be a great idea to teach her the value of money and the benefits of cooking from scratch. Lesley


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