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Old 03-10-2007, 08:59 PM   #11
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I agree with Michael about getting your little friend involved in the preparation of the meal. At age 11, he can do some rudimentary chopping along with whipping, stirring, etc.

Also, don't be afraid to get silly. Allow him to tint his milk green or to do other goofy things to his foods. By doing something foolish to his food, he might be more likely to eat something he might not otherwise.

Saute some broccoli and add some peanuts. It's good and can almost be a complete meal.

Use your imagination and think like an 11-year-old.

Who knows? With your encouragement and interest in preparing food, he could be a 4-star chef some day!
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:17 PM   #12
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What? At 11 a kid is capable of doing some rudimentary cooking?

Heck my mom made most meals and my dad was certainly no slouch in the kitchen, but by eleven I could, probably with the help of my nine year old sister who would not think of being excluded from the enterprise, put a decent meal on the table, thank you.

Our favorite thing was to cook French fries. And in the morning we could put together a mean pancake breakfast. But we could also cook a regular meal, no problem.

And we were just regular kids.

As far a what to prepare in Russia I have no idea.

But I would find out what the kid likes and go with that.

A kid who makes a dish will eat it, rule one of cooking with kids.

Have been thinking of egg dishes today, so one could always make a frittata. You can toss almost anything you have in the fridge or can buy in the market into it. There is the related Spanish tortilla that requires basically eggs and potatoes, and it is very tasty.

Or toss in some bacon, spnach and mushrooms into scrambled eggs. Or use any combination of foods you have available.

Getting away from the the egg idea, blinis, crepes, however you call the stuff. You can make many dishes with those, and crepes are fun to make, particularlly for a kid.

Have always found the best way to deal with kids who are not yours is to treat them with respect, but always maintaining the attitude that you are the adult.

Maintaining oneself as an adult gives a kid the idea, justified or not, that you actually know something. I usually fake that part.

To get back to the issue of food. Make tortillas, the Mexican variety. Nothing could be easier. And fill with whatever you have.

Just a few ideas. Am sure you will do just fine.
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:30 AM   #13
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My grandkids like grilled cheese sandwiches, raw carrots, broccoli, etc., Also macaroni and cheese. Green beans, corn. Spaghetti plain with butter and parmesan cheese. Sometimes I just lay out an assortment for cold cut sandwiches and the fixings and tell them to go for it and make their own. The deal is though: whatever you build, you have to eat it all. They love it, have fun doing it and usually eat real good. I don't know if this will help or not. Good luck. I am sure being eleven you will be able to communicate well and work it out.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:34 PM   #14
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How about pizza muffins and a green salad or fruit salad?

The pizza muffins are very easy. Just a split English muffin in half. Then top each half with some pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and any toppings that they like that would be on a pizza. We like to sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top but that just a preference. Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Most kids I know love pizza! Serve that with a salad and it's quite nice.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:35 PM   #15
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I make this with our 6 year old grand daughter.
Pizza dough ( Children like to make dough etc)
a good recipe for pizza dough,
, 2 level teasp. dried yeast
1 teasp sugar
350g (12oz) strong white bread flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 8fl oz(225ml) tepid water. ( Use less water and only add the 8 fl oz if needed) Stir well, and leave aside until frothy, about 10 minutes. Sieve flour and salt into large bowl, add yeast mixture and olive oil; mix until it forms a firm dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for five minutes until smooth and elastic. Put into lightly oiled bowl and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. Knock back, divide into 2 portions, roll into circles, or make 4 smaller circles and freeze for another time. Bake in a preheated oven (240C,475F, gas 9) for 15 - 20 minutes until golden.
Have with the topping of your choice. Whatever takes your fancy.
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Old 06-27-2007, 04:30 PM   #16
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How about:

RICE WAFFLES

Rice waffles offer an excellent means of utilizing left-over rice. Such waffles are prepared in about the same way as the waffles just mentioned. In working the cooked rice into the dry ingredients, use should be made of a light motion that will not crush the grains, but will separate them from one another. Left-over cereals other than rice may also be used in this way.
RICE WAFFLES

(Sufficient to Serve Six)
1-3/4 c. flour
2 Tb. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. cooked rice
1-1/2 c. milk
1 egg
1 Tb. melted fat

Mix and sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and then work the rice into the dry ingredients. Add the milk and the well-beaten yolk of egg. Stir in the melted fat. Beat the egg white stiff, and fold it into the batter.

Sounds good?

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Old 06-27-2007, 08:09 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by csalt
I make this with our 6 year old grand daughter.
Pizza dough ( Children like to make dough etc)
a good recipe for pizza dough,
, 2 level teasp. dried yeast
1 teasp sugar
350g (12oz) strong white bread flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 8fl oz(225ml) tepid water. ( Use less water and only add the 8 fl oz if needed) Stir well, and leave aside until frothy, about 10 minutes. Sieve flour and salt into large bowl, add yeast mixture and olive oil; mix until it forms a firm dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for five minutes until smooth and elastic. Put into lightly oiled bowl and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. Knock back, divide into 2 portions, roll into circles, or make 4 smaller circles and freeze for another time. Bake in a preheated oven (240C,475F, gas 9) for 15 - 20 minutes until golden.
Have with the topping of your choice. Whatever takes your fancy.


I used to make pizza from scratch with my kids and my grandkids. Let them get right into kneading the dough...they love it.
I usually got the toppings together ahead of time, then let the kids "decorate" the pizza.
As for toppings, your imagination is the limit. You can make a simple tomato sauce, or leave it out and just use olive oil for a White Pizza.
I've seen pizzas made with potatoes, onions and cheese, so just use what you can get your hands on that sounds good to you.
If you can't get mozzerella or parmesan cheee, use any cheese you can get. It may not be traditional, but it will be tasty, and your kids can say they invented a new pizza!

Most of all...have fun. Whatever the pizza turns out like, the children will always remember these times spent with you.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:14 PM   #18
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I doubt there is any reason to post in the thread, it is old, and the original poster hasn't showed up any more. One thing I have to say, I wish somebody come to my home and cooked before I come home at 8:30.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:08 PM   #19
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As a child, I was big into baking, as it was fun to see a sloppy goop materialize into a fluffy, delicious end product.

My mom also did a lot of roasting with me, as it didn't involve my being literally overtop of a searing hot pan. It was easy to prep, then you put it in, smell it, and it's done. It takes time though, obviously.
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Old 07-02-2007, 01:06 AM   #20
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Here is the list of receipes that I teach to children who are 10 and 11.

Shortbread
Scones
Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting
Chicken and Corn Casserole
Sausage Whirligigs
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Brownies
Jiffy Pizza
Angel Delight Pie
Chicken fillets with Mango Chutney and Apricot
Bramley Berry Bake
Tuna fish Bake
Spicy Sausage Ragout
Fruit crumble
Golden Shepherds Pie

If you want any of the recipes, please let me know and I will post them.
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