Cooking is one of my very favorite things to do with my kids, and because it's one of my favorite things to do in general I started them young. I dragged A's high chair into the kitchen so she could "help" as a baby, and I bought us matching mother-daughter aprons when she was about six months old. As soon as he was old enough, D joined in and now I have two little sous chefs eager for jobs in the kitchen.
Bringing your kids into the kitchen can be a lot of fun - but it can also be stressful. Little chefs need a lot of supervision, and it can be hard to follow a recipe when not everyone can read. But thanks to a clever little kit, cooking with kids can be easy, fun and educational for everyone.
Founded by mother of two Samantha Barnes, Raddish is intended to help families give their children a love and appreciation of good food - and to encourage families to sit down at the table together. Each Raddish kit includes:
- 3 family-friendly illustrated recipe guides
- A skill card to help kids (and parents) learn culinary techniques
- A creative activity intended to get families sitting, talking and eating together - ours was a set of colored modeling clay
- A shopping list
- A Table Talk card deck to encourage fun conversation at the table
- A Raddish patch to iron onto your little chef's apron
D was delighted by the illustrated recipe cards, and he took great pleasure in telling me what we needed to do next as we worked.
Our kit had an Italian theme, with recipes for meatballs al pomodoro, herbed focaccia, and chocolate chip biscotti. While spaghetti and meatballs are always a hit in our house, things with visible herbs and seasonings are almost never popular with A and D...so I was completely shocked by their reaction to the herbed focaccia. Not only did everyone eat it and ask for more, both A and my husband had some in their lunchboxes the next day. It is definitely a recipe we will make again and again.
Our Raddish kit made cooking fun for everyone, and it definitely got the kids to taste things out of their normal comfort zone. If you'd like to try Raddish at home, you can get $5 off and free shipping with the code RADFAMILY5.