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The Gift of Food

My incredible Mum taught me to cook, my gorgeous Grandma taught me how to bake. Whats interesting is that they weren’t doing anything special- every night I would hang out with my Mum in the kitchen while she was cooking dinner and watch her, it was and still is our time to chat and see how each other are. My Grandam was the same, every school holidays we would be at her place and she would bake. I love watching her bake and she knows every recipe by heart and still uses a old china tea cup as her one cup measure.

I’m want to share this because I think it is probably the most wonderful gift that you could ever pass on to you’re children, grandchildren or anyone that you love. I have just watched Jamie Oliver speak on TED (below) and I was blown away by how many children don’t know how to cook, or scarier still think that tomatoes are potatoes! There are so many benefits to teaching you’re children how to cook and so many ways to do so, there is a wonderful Mum called Phyllis Grant who runs a very inspirational blog called Dash and Bella (named after her two children) she cooks with them almost every day, but doesn’t believe in kids food. Its amazing that her 3 year old son and 7 year old daughter will try almost anything and its purely because she involves them in the cooking process. Plus everything they make looks so delicious!

If you have children or are around them on a regular basis. Teach them how to cook and bake, take them to farmers markets and show them all the wonderful types of food available and that food doesn’t have to come out of a processed box! I can almost guarantee it will be the single greatest gift that you can give your beautiful child.


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  • Haven

    Hi Rachael, I am stealing this for my facebook page, I hope you don’t mind!

    • rach

      Hi Have, of course its ok. I saw you have posted it on you’re facebook page, so sweet of you. Thank you, xx

  • http://livlifetoo.blogspot.com/ Kim – Liv Life

    Saw your pic on Foodgawker and just had to say how wonderful it was ! That little guy with the rasp is simply adorable. Excellent post!

  • http://www.thelittlefoodie.com Mariko

    I absolutely agree. I don’t believe in kid food either. It teaches them the wrong things about taste. I’m off to look at the rest of your blog!

  • http://www.howtopeelanonion.com Jennifer

    Love this post! I also feel strongly about getting children in the kitchen and talking to them about food at the very least. My 4 year old son loves getting in the kitchen and asks to help all the time. He’s my little budding chef :) I grew up sitting in the kitchen with my mom while she cooked, and I think there is so much nurturing that goes on in those interactions.

  • http://www.medifasthealth.org/blog/working-medifast-coupons/ Medifast Coupons

    Teaching children to cook provides such a great foundation of not only healthy eating, but a healthy lifestyle. The indepedance of making good food choices is a great way to provide them with a sense of confidence and also a sense of accomplishment. This is a great post to get kitchen cooks to inspire little cooks.

  • http://www.kitchencorners.com Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    My friend told me about your blog. It’s beautiful. I’m a new fan!

  • rach

    Wow, thank you all so much for you’re incredibly lovely comments about this post. I agree 100% with you all and are thrilled to know that there are lovely mamas our their cooking with their kiddies. Too all my new fans, welcome! xx

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