I have had my 8yr old assistant in the kitchen this afternoon helping me to prepare a 'Roast Chicken Dinner'. He has chopped carrots, potatoes, swede and cabbage. He still has all of his fingers. He also made 'stuffing balls'. It is hard to leave them to it and not but in and get critical, we all have to learn somewhere. We had a bit of a disagreement over the size of golf balls! Stuffing balls the size of tennis balls are a bit hefty! He had great fun and was very well behaved and on task. He really enjoys cooking and food prep and thinks we should go in to business and sell our wares on the front garden to hungry passers by. I said 'we could go into business when you are a man and you can employ me'. He wants to start now! Euan thinks the 'Strawberry Jam/ sauce is delicious. He said it would be great on ice-cream. He seemed to be enjoying it by the spoonful. We mixed it with fresh, quartered strawberries and have topped it with a crumble topping. It is rather experimental. It is all cooking in the oven at the moment and it does smell rather good. I wish my assistant was this enthusiastic more often. My partner is a good cook, but he doesn't cook very often and Henry reaches his limit with a toasted sandwich or a Pot Noodle.
I could be sabotaging the Weight Watchers regime with all this Summer Jammin! I better get a grip and cycle it off! xxx