My daughter has developed a love for cooking, especially while being filmed. Which just goes to show how much they watch and imitate us, as their parents. It's actually kind of frightening how closely we are watched because this is our chance to show them how to be good people, how to treat other with respect, love, compassion. There are little things my daughter says & does (like wanting to constantly play "girl friend, coffee date") that serve as daily reminders that I am her biggest teacher right now and I want to make sure I'm setting the best example I can. Coffee dates aside, I do want her to know the importance of taking time for friends. I know she sees how hard I work, something that I value, but I want her to see the importance of friendship and human connection as well. My husband and I also work hard to instill manners in our girls and in turn have had a lot of practice saying please and thank you to each other as well. I have begun reading a book titled The Conscious Parent and will be sharing a few ideas in future posts.
On a weekend morning when my daughter runs into my room giddy to make pancakes and "be filmed," while I want to stay in bed a little longer, and enjoy a clean kitchen a little longer, I have to say yes. Her excitement reminds me of why I do what I do (run a cooking school for kids). It is all new and exciting to the kiddos. That even applies to doing the dishes, which I definitely have the kiddos help with. When having the girls cook, I have my oldest help get out the ingredients and set them up on the counter with appropriate measuring utensils. Then she is able to take it from there.
These pancakes are great for allowing the kids to help make because there are not a lot of ingredients and you can't really mess them up. My girls love smashing the bananas with a potato masher and stirring in the ingredients. Alexandria has finally mastered cracking eggs without spilling a drop. Caroline is a 'trusty' sous chef willing to stir and try anything that she can get her mouth on.
All in all, if the girls enjoy being together in the kitchen, I want to encourage that. I love watching their relationship develop and grow.
Banana Pancakes (family of 4)
1 1/2 cups Greek Yogurt (Vanilla or Fruit Flavored)
2 TB Honey
1 cup Wheat Flour
2 teaspoon of Baking Soda
Pinch of salt
1 bananas, mashed
In a bowl mash banana & combine yogurt, honey, & egg until blended. Stir in flour and baking soda until blended. Optional: Gently fold in chocolate chips or fruit of choice.
Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto a hot griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes until you see small bubbles. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes until golden brown.
Drizzle with syrup and serve warm.