Christmas Cooking With Kids
Christmas really is my favourite time of the year. I have my secret stash of Christmas CDs that sit at the back of my wardrobe hidden from site, only to be brought out and played non-stop from the beginning of November through to Christmas Day. There is something so special about this time of the year, and one of the things I love most about it, is the delicious food that is enjoyed all season long.
I’m a big baker. I love the sweet stuff and I love to get creative in the kitchen. Even more fun is being able to get my nieces and nephews in on the fun (and my daughter Cassie when she is old enough). We have some special Christmas traditions when it comes to food, and like most families, they are passed down through the generations.
My mum doesn’t do desserts. She doesn’t bake them and she doesn’t eat them – she is what you would call a dessert Grinch. Yet, without fail, every year she has made rocky road at Christmas time for as long as I remember, and to this day, it is the best rocky road I have ever tasted. When I was old enough, I used to love helping out – chopping up the marshmallows and the glaze cherries (while sneaking a few into my mouth as we went) and melting the chocolate as we oozed it over the top. It was a bowlful of deliciousness.
Now I have a daughter of my own, I want to take this tradition further. Last year, I made rice bubble snowmen while she peacefully slept. Melted marshmallows and rice bubbles made for a messy affair, but one kids would have so much fun creating. They were cute and turned out so well that I know I can get Cassie’s help with it soon enough.
This year, I am all about the chocolate bark. I love the idea of creating a melted snowman (cute and funny!) Plus, it’s so simple and easy to get creative with this one, so I will be getting my nephews’ help on it too. Who knows what they will come up with? If Cassie is lucky, I might bring her in to lick the bowl at the end.
The love, the laughter, the memories. Christmas is about so much more than the day itself and this is a message I hope to teach Cassie from a young age. Delicious food is created to be shared, and Christmas is all about celebrating with our loved ones and coming together over food and fun. It’s something everyone can enjoy, young or old, and be a special part of.
By Felicity Frankish of babyvine.com.au