Son 1, who is 12, was determined to do the whole thing on his own, and he succeeded. He produced Janssen's Temptation, a Swedish dish of layered potatoes, onions and anchovies. He waved at me cheefully from the kitchen window as I went past with a wheelbarrow load of compost - things were looking good! He later appeared out of doors both grinning and weeping, complaining cheerfully about the onions before dashing back into the kitchen to finish chopping them. He returned for a quick consultation about frying with butter, which was a wise thing to check on, and completed the rest on his own. The final result was delicious!
Son 2 felt he really should have me around as he made his Lamingtons (from Australia, as seen by me on Beck's authentic Australian blog!) I sat outside the kitchen feeling a bit edgy and reading a book, as he got on with it and just called out the occasional question. The mixture frankly looked disastrous until he added the flour, but it all came out perfectly, and I learned where the gaps in his knowledge are, by leaving him to it. I think I've tended to line baking trays for them in the past, because it's more fun for them to do the weighing. However, it's pretty clear that they can do it all themselves.
He did half without coconut, because neither he nor his brother like it - can you believe that? But what a successful meal. We are really impressed with the boys.