Mini Gourmand is now 14 and very eager to get into the kitchen to cook, I’ve recently allowed her to cook dishes for herself and Baby Gourmand to give me a chance to give the bathroom a clean or get on with some ironing without having a toddler pulling at my leg every five minutes.
I personally like to meal plan ahead of time but quite often things pop up which are out of my control, usually it’s because Baby Gourmand has been very trying and I’ve not had a chance to get into the kitchen to prepare dinner. This is where frozen ingredients come in handy.
Mini Gourmand has been an afterschool chef this past couple of weeks and her best dishes so far were Waffle Pizzas which she cooked for herself and Baby Gourmand and Fish with Rice which she cooked for me.
To make Waffle Pizzas you will need to cook waffles until they are almost cooked, top with sliced tomato, sliced peppers and grated cheese. Return to the oven to finish cooking.
Mini Gourmand served her waffle pizzas with a side of broccoli and there was clean plates all round. I would never have previously thought to use waffles this way and I’m actually sad I didn’t get served them myself as they really did look amazing.
Mini Gourmand cooked a dish of fish with rice for myself which again is something I wouldn’t normally cook for myself but I’m really glad I tried it as it’s a new favourite. We don’t own a microwave so couldn’t steam the rice but Mini Gourmand was able to cook the rice in a pan with a little water and I’m sure the end result was just as good as if it had been microwaved.
The fish had just the right amount of black pepper and the dish as a whole was extremely filling and delicious.
I’m definitely going to let Mini Gourmand lend a helping hand in the kitchen in the future, I need to make sure I have my freezer stocked up with quick teatime solutions and allow her to use her artistic flair with them.
This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page.