Friday, February 25, 2011

Adventure Eating/Cooking with Kids

We are actually going to create a new additional blog to start recording our adventures in the kitchen. Although I have been cooking with the boys for forever, we just started out on a mission to cook and eat many different foods. Each time we will record what we picked, how we prepare it, and the reviews by three small boys and two grownups.

Week 1: Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower (cut into small bite sized pieces)
Olive Oil
Cayenne pepper

Wash hands. Send boys back to bathroom to wash hands WITH soap. Smell hands before proceeding.

Allow boys to use either plastic knife (for younger ones) or small paring knife to cut cauliflower into small bite sized pieces.

Toss with enough olive oil to coat but not drench cauliflower. Sprinkle with salt and a touch of cayenne. (My kids are from Texas and love spicy foods. Feel free to substitute any seasoning you prefer) Toss well.

Place in a foil lined pan with sides.

Place in 400F oven. Bake 30-40 minutes or until browning and carmelized.

We had noticed that recently they had colored heads of cauliflower at the store. Orange, purple and green to be exact! Levi thought they were cool, but they were twice the price of plain cauliflower so I took the cheaper route. Besides, I am not sure how appetizing roasted purple cauliflower would look.

Levi took the lead on this project.

He cut up at least half the head of cauliflower, paying special attention to removing the stem parts and leaves. He uses a small paring knife that is not very sharp. Over the past year he has become quite proficient at using it.
He is holding the bottle of olive oil but I added it to the cauliflower. You absolutely do not want to drench it or you will have a soggy, oily mess. No Bueno!


Levi: I didn't like it. (For the record, he ate it all)

Seth: It tasted sweet and nutty and I liked it.

Ahren: I liked it. I want more. Can you make it again?

Chris: Didn't try it. Said he didn't want to take it away from the boys. Coward.

Mommy: Love it, but I love, love, love veggies. I did love how easy it was to make and kid friendly preparation too.


Elle said...

I make a cheesy roast cauliflower.
Steam a whole head of cauliflower for about 10 minutes and then cut it into florets.
mix 1/4 C. mayo, 1 T dijon mustard and a bit of salt with the cauliflower florets and then about 1/2 C. of grated asiago or gruyere cheese. put into a greased baking dish and dot with about a tablespoon of butter. bake 20 minutes or until the cheese is browned (a little less depending on how soft the cauliflower is after steaming.

Reba said...

Love this post! I cannot wait to see your new blog on this topic. My husband and I have been making an effort to be more adventurous with food and are cooking together more. And sometimes the kids help me in the kitchen. But I haven't married the two ideas yet. I have to confess something though. I like vegetables raw. Raw only. Not cooked.

Wendy said...

Oooh Elle, that is making my mouth water! That is going on to our list of dishes to try!