Cooking with kids: Bruschetta

We made a delicious lunch with the kids this past week, and thought you might like to try making it at home with your kids. So here is our child-friendly recipe for bruschetta. The steps marked in bold are for adults only. 

3 baguettes
6 tomatoes
2 or 3 stalks of basil
Medium-sized bunch of parsley
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
1 packed mozzarella cheese
2 to 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Butter and olive oil

Peel and mince the garlic.
Mince the parsley.
Cut the mozzarella into rounds.

Wash the tomatoes, and halve them.
Mince them into small dice.

Pick the basil leaves off the stem.
Mince them the same size as the parsley.

Slice the baguette and butter the slices.
Lay a round of mozzarella on each slice.

Mix all the other ingredients together, and add a couple of spoons of olive oil to bind.

Place the mixture on the slices.

Enjoy this summery meal!


In the summertime

We are spending time outdoors, making the most of the warm weather.

Outdoor play has several benefits, of course, but most of all, the joy that children get from being out in nature is wonderful to see.

“Too often these days, a child’s encounters with nature are dominated by a look-but-don’t-touch directive. Fearing that we must protect nature and our kids at all cost, we often do far more harm than good.

Nature connection depends on firsthand, multi-sensory encounters. It’s a messy, dirty business—picking leaves and flowers, turning over rocks, holding wriggling worms, and splashing in ponds. Rather than saying “no” every time a child wants to pick up a stick, throw a rock, climb a tree, or jump into the mud, take a deep breath and cheer them on instead. Remember, clothes can be washed, and cuts heal.

Nature connection is a contact sport, and both kids and nature can take it!”

– Dr Scott Sampson