MAK­ING MESS AND MEM­O­RIES

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Many of us have fond mem­o­ries of cook­ing with a par­ent. An­neka Man­ning from Bake Club says cook­ing for chil­dren should be a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Be pre­pared that it is go­ing to be in­cred­i­bly messy, but just have fun. It’s all about cre­at­ing mem­o­ries,” she says.

Here are An­neka’s top tips for cre­at­ing un­for­get­table — and fun — kitchen mo­ments.

Play­ing mu­sic while you cook not only sets a lovely mood, it is a great chance for your chil­dren to learn a lit­tle bit about your favourite tunes and vice versa. In years to come when they hear that hit they will think of cook­ing with you.

Mu­sic dur­ing the clean-up time is a great idea be­cause you can set the clock and make chores fun. See who can clean up be­fore the song is over.

Let lit­tle ones be in­volved in the weekly shop so that they’re part of the meal from go to whoa. Per­haps they can have a dish a week to serve up and they can co-or­di­nate the in­gre­di­ents at the su­per­mar­ket.

Have chil­dren take part through­out the whole process, from get­ting out the uten­sils to plac­ing the meal in the oven. If they’re just stir­ring an oc­ca­sional pot or only sprin­kling ic­ing sugar on the fin­ished prod­uct, they’re not fully in­volved in the process.

Read cook­books with them. Even if they’re too young to un­der­stand the com­plex­i­ties, they will re­spond to the beau­ti­ful pic­tures and love the tales of far-flung places with in­ter­est­ing flavours.

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