I had a wonderful day being a mother this week. My Rosie has never shown much interest in cooking or gardening since she became a teenager. I have found this hard because I am passionate about both these activities! Possibly she is at an age that she is not interested because I am! (Not that teenagers are ever contrary)
Anyway, she came to visit this week and wanted to learn to make bread. Yay! So she followed the instructions I gave and insisted I not get involved. I find it very hard NOT to take over in the kitchen. I was like a cat on a hot tin roof while she was kneading! My hands were itching to jump in and knead!
Then she chose to make some apple crumble while I cooked an Indian lentil stew. I was very lucky to have my Mother in Law drop in a couple of days ago with some offerings from her garden. So together we peeled and chopped.......... Rosie made three crumbles.
I love to cook but don't normally cook together with anyone else, so I really enjoyed the day. I also viewed it as so much more than just showing her how to cook a couple of things.
I believe that at sometime in Rosie's lifetime it will become a necessity for her to know how to cook. What is it that they say? The supermarkets have about two days supplies or something like that? It actually scares me when I realise how many people can't cook these days. They just don't have the skills necessary to look after themselves. I want her not only to be skilled in preparing food, I want her to get enjoyment from the process.
Now I just need her to show interest in gardening, sewing, knitting..........
Oh, and I hope she never reads this post or she might dig in her heels and never step foot in the kitchen again! (Not that she's contrary or anything!)