Now that it’s going to be my turn to host Lasang Pinoy, I got so excited I couldn’t think of a theme! We finally came up with this wonderful topic about cooking with children. Kusinang bulilit, lutong paslit! (Children’s kitchen, cooking by children!) So what would this be all about? As I reflect on the subject and start to write about this announcement, I can hear my son here singing a line that goes like this…
Cooking, cooking, I like to cook!
Eating, eating, I like to eat!
It’s fun to cook and eat together!
He would even say he would like to bake a cake. “May I ask you how?” He said all he needs to do is… “take some milk, take some flour and 2 eggs.”
Food and cooking is interesting and absorbing for kids. The kitchen is where we watched grownups cut meat and vegetables, saw how the steam raised from the rice cooker (or clay pots), and smelled what was for dinner. It is not surprising to know that much of our creativity and decision-making were honed in front of the prep table at a tender age. It is also a great way for parents, grandparents and children to bond – think of the quality time we shared as we first learned to crack our first eggs and burnt them afterwards.
So for LP8, we can discuss any of the following:
1. How we were encouraged by parents (or grandparents) to become little chefs in the kitchen or vice versa as some of us are parents now.
2. Ways how our parents got us involved in mealtimes to help us develop our positive attitudes about food; how we become the foodies that we are.
3. For those among us who learn to cook way past voting age… how do we involve children, nephews, nieces, cousins? Maybe you are the doting uncle/auntie/cousin who likes to watch them ‘play with food’ and share fun easy recipes.
We could muse about childhood food memories, too. What’s the story behind those yema balls or that passion for bitter gourd? When, as 5-year old, eating veggies isn’t really a big deal after all. How the family food traditions were handed down to an extra pair of little hands. Share the story behind your edible experiments.
Edible Experiments hosts Lasang Pinoy 8 this month. Posts should be up on or before March 31, 2006 and please send the link (including your name, entry title, blog title) thru e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com indicating Lasang Pinoy 8 on the subject line for easy sorting. This is open to all Filipinos, with or without a blog. So if you don’t have one, just email your entry to the above addresses and it will be posted here.
For the wonderful LP icon, thanks to my 5-year old son Cean a.k.a. Antonio for the original graphic and Mike over at Lafang for the layout and texts!