Family bonding can take place anywhere, but when it takes place in the kitchen, something magical happens; long-lasting memories are created and traditions are made.
One of the fondest memories we have growing up tend to be in the heart of the home, whether cooking desserts or pies with Grandma in the school holidays or baking chocolate chip cookies with Mum on the weekend. We remember everything from making mistakes or burning batches to laughing with flour on our noses and the triumphant feeling of creating a masterpiece and it is these memories that stay with us. These memories that make our kitchens our happy place and the core of where we re-create these memories with our children.
When it comes to passing this tradition on, we then get to create memories from the adult’s perspective! Teaching recipes instead of learning, creating new recipes, being open to making a sticky mess and being goofy and silly and carefree. With a whole noisy kitchen full of aromas and giggles and yummy bakes at the end of it, there is something special about food that brings a family together.
The one downside? Being the adult, you’re now the one that is left to clean up when the children disappear! That is the way though after all. Family roles come around full circle, yet the memories made are just as special.
Baking Tips Straight from Mums
Now you have a recipe that you can use to make memories in the kitchen, here is some invaluable advice from mums to help make the cooking process special!
1. Enjoy it
Baking isn’t only about eating the finished product; it’s about enjoying the process of making delicious food with loved ones. If you love a tidy kitchen, this is the time to let go; don’t be afraid to mess up and enjoy making a mess together.
2. Keep Recipes Simple
If you’re baking with your children, keeping the recipes as simple as possible. If it’s too difficult, you run the risk of them getting bored.
3. Be Encouraging
This may seem like common sense but it is nevertheless important. Try to be extra encouraging when you’re children bake and praise them in whatever job you’ve given them. This will give them confidence and they’ll enjoy it more, so even if it’s not a masterpiece, to you it’s amazing!
4. Taste, Taste and Taste Again!
The best tip has to be for everyone to enjoy the food. Whatever stage you’re at with the cooking, whether that’s sampling the batter mix or relishing in the end product, get everyone involved in eating the deliciously goodness you’ve made as much as possible!
So, what are your fondest memories in the kitchen? We’d love to hear about your experiences and favourite family recipes!
* Make memories in the kitchen of your dreams with Kitchens by Emma Reed *
Make Memories; Make Cookies
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Ingredients: 225g caster sugar 300g plain flour (sifted) 200g butter (melted) 1tsp vanilla extract 1tsp baking powder A pinch of salt 1 egg 100g chocolate bar or chocolate chips (200g if you want to make extra chocolaty cookies!)
Method: Add the sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon.
Sift the flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt together and add to the sugar and butter mixture, mixing it together using your hand. Add the chocolate chips at this stage if you’re making chocolate chip cookies.
Once you get a doughy texture, add the egg and knead it with your hands.
Spread some butter onto a baking tray.
Take some of the dough, roll it into a ball and then flatten it a little on the tray. Keep each dough ball small and spread them out evenly as they spread during baking.
Bake in the oven at 160℃, gas 3 for 10-20 mins. They’re ready when the edges are a bit golden.