Tuesday, February 12, 2008

improv cooking

I have endeavored to teach all of my children to cook. They all do reasonably well although they don't like to follow recipes. Still, I figured Hamburger Helper is so easy that even my ds, 13, could handle it. He insisted that he couldn't. I assured him that he could having cooked much more complicated dishes on his own before. Well, it turns out he was right. I got a call during my meeting, "Mom, I think I ruined the dinner. It's all soupy and it tastes watery." It turns out he cooked the noodles and then added the meat, the milk and the cheese powder. Those things are supposed to be mixed together before the noodles get cooked. While I was trying to figure out what to do and whether we had anything else or if I was going to have to order pizza, he suggested draining it all and adding spaghetti sauce. Brilliant. I suggested adding mozzarella cheese and baking it for 20 minutes. Delicious. He's always been so spacey and goofy it's fun to see him emerging into a resourceful, responsible young adult. He's got more going on than he lets on to. I do think, however, he needs to spend some time with the cook book!


Jknits said...

The meal was a big hit with my little ones - that in and of itself is victory

Holly Jo said...

That is one for the books. You'll have to tell that story one day to his future spouse. :)

Glad the little ones liked it too. They are the toughest critics.

Janice said...

I also endeavored to teach my boys to cook, with minimal success. (My daughter, however, LOVES to cook and is amazing) His solution to the situation was perfect.. and is the real skill!!!