One of the hardest parts about cooking with young children is the horrific, borderline apocalyptic mess that always ensues. There has been plenty of days where cleaning up after Fig took more time than making the dish itself. The mess is hardly even just contained within the confines of the kitchen. It’s the toddler ( try getting honey out of a two year old’s hair) and sometimes even the dog. On horrible days, it might even be the carpet that falls victim.
Often times, I find myself questioning why I even do this in the first place. Surely and without doubt, it’s much easier to prepare meals without the “help” of a two year old and cooking solo rarely requires me to bust out the mop, scrub the walls , bathe the dog, and do extra loads of laundry.
But this whole cooking with toddlers really wasn’t my own idea in the first place. It was little Fig’s. He was so interested in the going-on’s of the kitchen and eager to be involved in real work. And saying Yes! to little hands in the kitchen has been an incredible learning experience for both. Fig has taught me so much in his two years of life but one of his greatest teachings has been the art of keeping a good attitude while being so very patient and going with the flow.
Speaking of going with the flow, I recently embarked on a little cran-apple sauce adventure and was intending to make this by myself seeing as Fig was occupied trying to color the dog’s tail. However, once he got wind that I was doing doing something with apples he begged to help. This is a pretty simple recipe to make with a toddler and a great way to effortlessly introduce measurements. Fig also learned that raw cranberries are “no bueno” is his words ( can’t say I didn’t warn him!).
Apple Cranberry Sauce
- 2 cups of fresh cranberries
- 2 cups of chopped apples
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon of cardamom
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Add all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil.
- Turn down to low and let sauce simmer until apples are tender.
- Cool and serve.