The title of this post probably gets you all excited at the prospect of some brand new ideas for cooking with your children. Or not. Perhaps it just makes you feel a little unwell, and then guilty because you don't actually like cooking with your children.
Well, folks, if you're in the latter group, I'm right on there in it with you.
I know I should like it. It's one of those "Good Mother" type of activities (like craft) but I find it stressful. Especially with the preschooler who loves it but then makes a giant mess and so 'cooking' ends up taking me 10 times longer than it would have if I had done it on my own. I try to limit her contribution to 'putting the patty cake cases into the muffin tin' but this is starting to not cut it (see photo). On the weekend I let her use the electric beaters and put the mixture into the cases, so I don't think there's any way of retreating back to the less messy options now.
I have offered 'rubbing the butter into the flour' or 'greasing the tin' to my older kids - but they don't want to get their hands dirty!
I have to say, that despite my reluctance, my ten year old recently made cupcakes with a friend ('Have no cocoa? Oh well, let's make them anyway'...didn't quite work) and regularly makes salads for family dinners.
So once again, my brave children seeming to rising above the challenges of having me as their mother!