Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kitchen Helper

Since I wrote about cooking with Cherub she has become even more enthusiastic about baking and helping me in the kitchen. I don't need to ask if she wants to cook ... she's there, dragging her little chair behind her. Unfortunately the chair doesn't get her high enough to reach properly and I have to carry in a dining chair for her - I really need to find something more convenient. If I tell her she can't help with what I'm doing, she will not be put off ... "I watch!"

She is now getting quite a list of accomplishments in the kitchen:

  • Spooning dry ingredients into a bowl. To start with she could only keep very small quantities on the spoon - most would fall off on the way out of the flour or sugar bag - but now she can spoon as much as we need.
  • Beating eggs. I have a little whisk meant for hot chocolate that she uses. I break the eggs into a cup or bowl, she finds the whisk and beats them (sometimes, though not always, to the point where I don't need to finish off the task),
  • Pouring, both liquid and dry ingredients.
  • Setting out paper cake cases in trays - no need for instructions. Give her the trays and the cases and she's away.
  • Getting out and putting away ingredients.
  • Washing fruit and vegetables.
  • Chopping. Eek. She started with mushrooms, using the knife from her cutlery set. She has moved on, of her own volition, to apples. Smushing might be a better description than chopping, but she is working on it.

5 comments:

Mary G said...

Wow! Where has the time gone? I can remember when you brought little cherub home and now sh'es helping in the kitchen! Goodness.

Greetings to you all ... and prayers for a blessed day!

Theresa said...

Oh, what a sweet little helper!

Karen E. said...

She. Is. So. Cute.

Ramona loves to help in the kitchen, too. Isn't it fun?

Shari said...

What fun! That is the most adorable little fist I have ever seen!

Melanie B said...

How adorable!

You're much braver than I am. I let Bella stir but hold the spoon too so things don't go flying. She holds the measuring cups and spoons for me and dumps them into the bowl but I fill them.

I wonder if I shouldn't pull in a chair. She has a stool but isn't really high enough to properly help.