September 20, 2012
From around the age of two Kenya liked to march into the kitchen and rattle off a laundry list of ingredients he needed to make a whatever food creation he had thought up. My favorite one was called "Hahoha", as he named it. The ingredients for "Hahoha" changed often, but they were generally an interesting a mix of eggs, bread and water.
Kenya's early culinary works of art revolved mainly around water and using cooking equipment like our blender, but over the years he's broadened his repertoire and interests and developed more of a sense of what cooking entails.
Still, whenever he starts in about making one of his recipes I brace myself for what's in store. When Kenya wants to cook it's not me leading the show and telling him what goes into the recipe, rather it's all about what he wants and how he sees it all coming together. Last weekend he told hubby and me that he wanted to make a cake comprised of apples, flour, a LOT of baking soda, milk and honey. I informed Kenya that apples weren't in season yet and suggested he try peaches instead. He liked the idea.
At first I was just going to let Kenya dump all of his ingredients in a bowl, stir them up and bake it. However, I really wanted him to have a chance at success, so I suggested he add an egg, a touch of vanilla and some baking powder. Kenya agreed and said they would work for his recipe. I still wasn't expecting much, but when the cake finally came out of the oven smelling richly of golden brown sugar and sweet peaches, our whole family tore into it without so much as allowing it to cool. Totally inspired, I remade Kenya's Peach Cake recipe a few more times, making minor adjustments here and there, but leaving his basic recipe the same. I have to give full credit to my little man for this success. It's super simple to make and perfect for a light dessert or late afternoon snack.
I'm not saying that letting your kids take over the kitchen and run on the show on a daily basis is such a great idea, but sometimes they might surprise you with their tasty ideas!