I was recently sent a gorgeous set of cookbooks by My Little Sous Chef. It was a concept I’d not come across before, a cook book for the grown up, and a separate one for the child, with all the same recipes, but with the different instructions for adult and child, to make it easy for you to work in conjunction with each other to produce delicious meals. The children love having their own book, and their important jobs, being true vital helpers. The fact that they have their own instructions definiately makes them feel that they are more important in the process and therefore take it more seriously and feel more a part of it. They love cooking anyway, but having their very own recipe book was a real success for us.
I don’t know about yours, but my two are never happier then when they are sat on the counter tops getting stuck in, and making an incredible floury mess usually! 😀
The photography in the adult version is just stunning and the cartoon illustrations in the child’s are just perfect. It’s a beautiful set of books and we have really enjoyed testing out the recipes. The cheese biscuits went down particularly well and were a special lunch box treat. We made 3D dinosaurs and the recipe was perfect for that!
There are 30 recipes to make together, covering a whole range of dishes, from super simple to slightly more complicated ones. It definitely helps children to be involved in mealtimes in my opinion. When they have made something with their own hand, they are far more likely to want to eat it. Also, things that they are fussy about tend to change into a delicious thing to try when they have made it themselves.
The recipes are organised into sections, light bites, meals and desserts, and then in the adult book, there are four extra recipes under the ‘Cook it yourself’ section for english muffins, custard, puff pastry and shortcrust pastry, all the basics that you can make so many different meals from. My kids actually love helping with pastry and so they can help you with them all as they get older. There are great reminders at the start of each recipe reminding them to undertake the basic hygiene of tying hair back and washing hands, often having someone else say it is more effective…..or is that just my two?!
We’ve had a blast testing out this book and thanks to the lovely people at My Little Sous Chef, you have the opportunity to as well! Just enter the competition below for a chance to win a copy of the books to try with your children.
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