Thursday, February 18, 2010

The boys have been cooking again...

Before we left France, Son 1 decided to try out the Chinese section of their Round the World Cookbook, in honour of the Chinese New Year. He also took recipes from one of our books, and copied them down into his Christmas present cookery folder. When I'd stopped fainting from the sight of Son 1 voluntarily writing, I helped out with some of the recipes. For the starter he made Spring Rolls (known as nems in France), because he'd enjoyed them at the school Chinese New Year meal. They were very good with the sauce he created!
To be honest I did the spare ribs, because the dough for the nems was taking him so long, but he learned from what I was doing. He also took the above photos, and then enjoyed the meal...
His brother is getting very good with chopsticks!
Shame he doesn't actually like Chinese food...

19 comments:

TheMadHouse said...

Looks yummy, shame neither of my boys like chinease, thy both love indian though

melanie said...

My husband would love to be given a plate of those. :) xxxx

Kate said...

My two aren't so much into the cooking, just the eating or doing "experiments" in the kitchen with my ingredients! Hopefully that'll change when they're a little older, it must be wonderful to have a meal prepared for you by the children. Lucky you.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Looks scrummy!!! My son always loved to cook, now he's grown he's great at it!!!
xxxx

Lululiz said...

Bless them, they are really great boys. Future Jamie Olivers perhaps?

Sherri B. said...

How precious that they want to cook. What a good mom to encourage them...mess and all.

Juanita Tortilla said...

Cute kids. You probably don't need to use chopsticks to eat Chinese food. The rice is almost impossible without a spoon! The ribs look so good. Shame I don't eat pork.

The Curious Cat said...

awww...I love it when your boys cook- it is so sweet! :) xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I think it is great that they like to cook. Now I want Chinese food for lunch. :)

bad penny said...

I'm impressed !

CraftyHelen said...

ooh - what fabulous food, and how great that your boys are learning to cook. They will be so grateful when they eventually fly the nest.xx

Lorrie said...

I enjoy reading about your boys and their forays into cooking. I'm so glad you encourage them. My son liked cooking as a boy, and now he and his wife share the kitchen most amicably.

I do like Chinese food - especially spring rolls!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What a treat to have your boys interested in eating AND COOKING their own international cuisine!

Kelly said...

Didn't they do well? That all looks yummy!

Itch2stitch.com said...

Your boys are very handy Floss. Could you send them round here!!! :) It is good to see such enthusiasm for cooking from youngsters! suzie. xxx

Sarah said...

How great - I'm looking forward to the day my two can cook for us!

Pondside said...

Very impressive! I loved it when my two discovered cooking - and they still cook for me when they're at home. Isn't it wonderful when they are adventurous cooks?

Rebecca S. said...

Floss, I have just been catching up on your last four posts, and enjoying myself! I am impressed with your boys in the kitchen, and the crepes and all.
I'm a Catholic so I have been living with Lent for 40 years. Lent also means a 'slowing down' as it does in French. In our faith it is a time to do all you have mentioned in your posts, and also we remember Jesus' great love by offering him many sacrifices (derived from two Latin words that mean 'to make holy')with our love. In our parish we have a community meal every Wednesday that consists of soup and bread only, and donations are made to a charity. Children are encouraged to do simple things like give up buying candy and use the money saved to make donations to charity as well. I fast on Fridays in Lent but only to the point of eating simply (no meat) and not eating between meals. I have to keep up my strength after all, for my four children! I also give up coffee and try to live a bit in solidarity with those in the world that must live without what they need (and I often need that coffee ;) It is easy for people to see Lent as a negative, but it is actually a very positive spiritual activity because our offerings do benefit the world around us just like prayers do. Enjoy your time with family in Scotland - and say hello to all the Lambs (my maiden name).

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

funny post Floss...
I'm very impressed with your boys!