Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Adventures in Cooking

The little dragons love to cook. 

It sometimes gets a bit hectic as they both want to contribute and stand on the same step stool, fighting over their jobs and location. 

For the most part, they have been able to follow directions well and are eager to do anything they can to help cook breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. 

A while back Maisie and I set out to make my grandmother's family recipe for Tea Sticks. The recipe is difficult to make, and even moreso due to the adaption to gluten free. It's a twisted cardamom bread topped with walnuts and vanilla glaze. 

Maisie was determined to help me do absolutely everything. We mixed the ingredients together, crushed the cardamom, used our dough hook with the mixer to incorporate all of the ingredients together. I separated the dough into two balls and we began to knead. 

We worked the dough for several minutes when Maisie stopped what she was doing. 

"Mom, where is my boo-boo bandaid?" Maisie inquired. 

My heart sank as I realized that her bandaid covering the tiny cut on her finger was likely in the dough. 

I worked through both parts and eventually found it stuck to the side of her bowl. We finished the tea sticks anyways, and though the didn't give them away as intended- I have to admit they tasted okay.

James is really good at putting ingredients in and stirring. He is great at using cookie cutters, a whisk, and the hand mixer. James makes a very good cheese sauce and pasta with Italian sausage. He is never afraid to test our food and give an honest opinion. 

Maisie on the other hand, doesn't really like to eat what she makes - especially when baking. She's always enthusiastic and willing to help in any way she can. Her favorites are muffins, waffles, pasta, rice and cookies.