From the kitchen of a 3-year-old... waffle-making tutorial :)
One of the things I try to do as a parent is to involve my children in everyday things. I can tell a remarkable difference when I live and work beside my children, and not just give orders. Children are so much happier and well-adjusted when they know they have important responsibilities in the home! Constant guidance and direction with our children also keeps them busy and focused.
First step: Sift the flour. The flour has to be sifted before it's measured (a cup of sifted flour weighs less than a cup of flour that hasn't been sifted). After it's sifted, the flour is put into the measuring cup with a big spoon, so as not to pack it. I am not this particular about measuring flour for most of my recipes, but I use special care when making waffles, I guess. :)
It was a bright, sunny morning, and Yehoshua (3) always enjoys using the sifter. :)
Eliyahu (1) holds onto the recipe... he desperately wanted to help too, but really, making waffles with a 3-year-old is about as much as I can handle at one time!
Step Two: More ingredients are added to the flour (which has been measured), and it's sifted again. Here's the second sifting, in progress! :)
Then we were done with the sifter, so I gave it to Eliyahu to play with. :)
Another good occupation for 1-year-olds is playing with the measuring spoons. Eliyahu played musical chairs that morning (as he often does!) and climbed up onto every chair numerous times, trying to help us. :)
Step Three: Separate some eggs. Since we were making a triple batch, we separated a lot of eggs. Yehoshua held the little plastic device, and I cracked each egg into it. After the whites ran off, he dumped the yolks into the other bowl. :)
Then, we had to whisk the egg yolks and milk together.
Yehoshua needed help for this part: beating the egg whites. I helped him hold the mixer, except for the few short moments it took for me to snap this picture. :)
Whisking the melted butter into the milk and egg yolks. The butter always hardens into little lumps. I wish I could prevent this, but the waffles turn out fabulous, so I guess it must be okay! :)
And by now, Eliyahu has decided he needs to be sitting ON the table, to get a better view of things. Like I said, I'm still not that great at cooking with TWO little helpers!! :)
At this point, Yehoshua went off to play or something (I can't remember what!) while I cooked the waffles. He would have helped, but I was afraid he'd get burned. :)
The end result? A little boy who kept talking about how he had made waffles HIMSELF and kept going into detail with everyone about how he had to sift, separate eggs, and use the mixer, that sort of thing. :)
Oh, and some really yummy waffles, which we topped with some apple topping, thanks to my wonderful husband who came into the kitchen and made the topping while I was busy. :)
More of my posts (including a podcast) about involving our children in the kitchen. Cooking is just one small part of life, but children love to help! :)