Cooking with Kids: Rice Bowl

We had a lovely afternoon recently cooking with Reo, the mom of Thomas, one of our students. She helped the kids make a yummy rice bowl, and was kind enough to share the recipe for others to try out. The steps in bold are for adults only. 

Bon appetit!

Peel and chop 2 bulbs of garlic.
Chop 2 bunches of asparagus.
Chop some salted black beans.
Set aside cooked rice.
Break 12 eggs in a bowl but do not beat them.

In a wok, heat oil and fry the garlic until aromatic but not brown.
Add the asparagus and stir fry. Then, add the eggs, and stir gently to start cooking.
Add the black beans, and cooked rice.
Cook until the eggs are done.
Serve in a bowl.

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A Friday tradition

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“I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.”

– Enid Blyton

Weather permitting, we love our Friday picnics. The kids get finger foods from home. We head out into our custom-designed yard to eat lunch al fresco. It’s a wonderful way to end the week. Spending time outdoors, of course, has its benefits. What we love even more is just watching the kids soak in the sun, in the company of their friends, being comfortable in the natural world. It is one of our key endeavours at Elements Preschool, as an urban nature school, to help children reconnect with nature. A Friday picnic is one of the nicest ways to do that.

If you’re inspired to host a picnic for your kids, or with friends and family this weekend, here are some great resources:

12 Secrets for the Perfect Picnic

13 Quick and Easy Recipes for Picnics

8 Outdoor Games for a Picnic

Cooking With Kids: Pizza

We made pizza for lunch and it was delicious. As always, the kids helped out, and if you’d like to try this at home with your children, here’s the recipe we followed. The steps in bold are for adults only – the kids can help with everything else. Have fun! We sure did.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough
Peppers
Pepperoni,
Cheese
Olive oil
Back pepper
Olives
Onions
Tomato sauce.

Pre-heat oven to 550 degrees.

Slice all the vegetables.

Sauté the peppers and onions with olive oil and black pepper.

Roll out the pizza dough.

Spread the tomato sauce and top with the vegetables and meat. Sprinkle black pepper, cheese and olives.

Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Why French children eat everything

In France, pleasure, or “plaisir,” is not a dirty word. It’s not considered hedonistic to pursue pleasure. Perhaps a better translation of the word is “enjoyment” or even “delight.” Pleasure, in fact, takes the weight of a moral value, because according to the French, pleasure serves as a compass guiding people in their actions. And parents begin teaching their children from very early childhood in a process called the education of taste, or “l’éducation du gout.”

The education of taste means teaching children to appreciate and savor the wide variety of flavors in the world and to eat properly at the table.

An excellent piece about why taste education matters, and how you can start teaching your children to eat everything, one meal at a time.

If you’re interested in more on this subject, we recommend these books:

French Kids Eat Everything – Karen Le Billon

Bringing Up Bébé – Pamela Druckerman