Maraea is finally reaching that age where she can help in the kitchen. Or, "help", rather. You saw in my enchilada post that she likes to stand on a chair on the other side of the counter from me, and, at the very least, watch and munch while I do the work. I don't mind this at all, -- except for when she reaches for the knife block -- and she has shown more interest in tasting the things I have on my cutting board or the things I'm stirring around in bowls. She says "Me? Puh-leeeez?" when she wants to try something. In recent months, she has tried things like queso fresco, prosciutto, ricotta cheese, pepper jack cheese, beef prepared for tacos, and country ham. All of these delicacies were promptly followed by "MMMmmmm!" This makes mama so very, very proud.
She is also starting to mock my behavior. She has a little plastic knife from a kitchen play set I bought her months ago, and we let her use that with our smallest cutting board to pretend that she's dicing and chopping like me. We'll put cheese or pretzels on her cutting board and she will cut them with her knife and then eat them. She exhibited this copycat behavior while I was shooting my husband preparing chilaquiles for the cookbook project I'm working on. I was so proud I nearly cried. :)
I could not be any prouder of my Little Foodie.
|Nomzing on one of Daddy's special homemade burgers|
* Rachael Ray was the first Food Network personality that I watched when I first got into cooking. I still like her, though I know she gets a bum rap with the foodie community. She is enthusiastic, and she's creative. Though my cooking style and tastes have advanced more to the likes of Ina Garten, I still rely on Rachael's easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy recipes and ideas from time to time when cooking with and for a child. Rachael Ray doesn't dumb down my foodiness, she adds a different element to it.