My kids have always been interested in learning to cook. We bake together a lot, but I have not included them in day-to-day cooking as much as I would like. Partly that's due to my own limited skills as a cook.
This past fall, I signed us up for Raddish, because a friend recommended it. (This is not a sponsored post. I'm just passing the recommendation along.) Each month we receive a box that includes three new recipes as well as a new kitchen utensil used in the recipes. A shopping list comes with the recipes, which makes it easy for me to figure out what we already have and what I need to buy. The recipe cards themselves are formatted in a clear step-by-step approach and even include pictures.
I must admit that at the beginning we didn't always make the recipes. Back before COVID, we had a lot of extracurricular commitments in the evenings. But then COVID happened and we found ourselves with more time. We collected all the recipes we had not yet used and began working through them. I let the girls take the lead on cooking. I would be close by to advise and help as needed, but I let them chop, saute and even touch raw meat. That last one might not seem like a big deal, but I was well into adulthood before I dealt easily with raw meat.
This month's Raddish box had a Japanese theme. For the first time, we decided we would make all three dishes at one time. This was particularly challenging, because these dishes included some skills new to me--such as rolling sushi!!!!
Our menu was Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, Japanese Noodles and Sushi. Preparation included grating fresh ginger, simmering made-from-scratch sauces, cutting raw chicken into 1-inch pieces to place on skewers, and learning to use a sushi mat (which was our kitchen utensil of the month). All three girls worked so hard and pulled dinner together beautifully. Meg worked diligently with the sushi mat and generously taught everyone else how to use it.
After we finished, Anne gathered the buds and stems that had fallen around the kitchen table and created her own lavender products, such as perfume and fragrant sticks. She announced she had opened a lavender store and we were all required to purchase her products.