Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fruit Salad

 I had gone grocery shopping one afternoon and came home to "Mommy, I want to make a fruit salad like this."  
After having just carted in a car load of groceries I can tell you I was less than thrilled that I was the "chosen one" to assist her in making said fruit salad.  But I sucked it in and realized, hey what a great way to kick of "  "Cooking With Emma".  As much as I wanted to stick my nose in and tell her how to do it, I stepped back and allowed her to direct and you know what... it turned out pretty good.

Fruit:  Cherries (whole), Kiwi, peeled and chopped, apple peeled and sliced, plums chopped, grapes (whole)
Ice Cream


Take a large glass bowl and: place a handful of sliced kiwi, chopped plums and grapes.  Drizzle a small amount of honey over fruit.

Take ice cream, flavour of your choice, we used napolean because that's what we had.  Take several scoops of ice cream and lightly cover the fruit.

Take your apple slices and stick decoratively around the ice cream.  Our pattern represents a castle with the whole cherries representing turrets.  Drizzle more honey over the whole thing, take a minute to ooh and ah and then serve.

See it looks just like a castle... right?  ;)

The great thing about fruit salad, is that you can use whatever ingredients you want.  The sky is the limit.  Instead of ice cream, use whip cream, or dream whip or pudding.  Personally, I think a drizzle of chocolate would have made this absolutely perfect. 

Emma and I would love for you to share your links of great recipes for kids. 


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cooking with Emma - An Introduction

Welcome to the first week of Cooking with Emma. 

With three children it's often hard spending quality time with each of them.  Now that my eldest is in school full time, I find it even harder to get some one on one time with her.  I have been working my way through two books called "Breaking the Good Mom Myth"  and "Honey, I've Wrecked the Kids" by Alyson Schafer.  One thing I have gleaned from these books is that too often we devalue our children's abilities.  They are capable of so much more than we give them credit for and children often will thrive on increased responsibility.  So I figured why not spend more time with her and teach her a skill at the same time.

My goal this summer is to complete at least 30 posts.  (including this one.. cheating I know).  Emma and I will go through cook books and pick out anything that looks yummy.  The only rule I have is that we must eat what we cook. 

We will be posting recipes and anecdotes along the way of the good and the bad of what we have accomplished.  Will this improve Emma's behaviour and my connection with her?  We shall see. I am very hopeful.

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