I’m so passionate about everyone having basic cooking skills, and this begins in childhood. I know not everyone enjoys cooking or is interested enough to put their own spin on recipes etc. And I’m well aware that not everyone’s TV planner is filled up with cookery shows and their shelves are not (quite literally) collapsing under the weight of their cooking obsession! However, I do believe that basic cooking knowledge is an essential skill for any adult and that it’s important for everyone to have a go-to list of five to ten easy, from scratch recipes.
I’m not going to pretend we don’t cheat in our house, we eat plenty of convenience food because it’s – well – convenient. But I make sure this is balanced out every week with several home-cooked meals too.
This is a passion, or at the very least a basic skill, I hope to pass on to Caterpillar. He has always been curious about food preparation and as a young toddler I would pull his high chair close to the worktop and provide a running commentary to my cooking to keep him occupied (and to practice my own future Food Network show of course ha ha!).
As his motor skills developed he began helping out with basic cooking and particularly baking, which all children seem to love – perhaps more for the end product that the joy of it though!
As he grows, I’m always looking for new ways to keep him engaged in cookery so when I heard about Little Cooks I was very happy to give it a try. Little Cooks is a monthly subscription service which provides glossy recipes cards and everything your child needs to create a healthy snack recipe, including all the dry ingredients. The company is founded by two mums with a real passion for both cooking and nutrition and this shows in their kits.
Our Little Cooks experience
Ever since receiving our box, Caterpillar has been keen to get started, which makes my heart so happy. We loved the clear, bright instructions and information. The snack recipe we tried out is the Banana Flapjack Balls which were a huge hit with both my son and my husband and we now plan on trying the others too.
What we loved
- The packaging. Beautiful, bright packaging and the fact that the boxes fit through your letterbox (so no irritating trips to the post office!)
- Really good quality. Some subscription boxes I’ve seen can be a little lacking in quality and continuity but Little Cooks has both.
- Healthy recipes with all natural ingredients. Since Caterpillar discovered refined sugar a year or two ago, encouraging him back to the natural, healthy food he lived on when he was first weaned has proved a little tricky. Making this Little Cooks recipe helped a lot! He usually makes a fuss about anything containing oats or dried fruits but he loves these and I didn’t mind if he ate one too many as I know there is no sugar, golden syrip or “bad” fats in there (they are made from oats and coconut milk, and the sweetness comes simply from dates, banana and vanilla).
- Interaction. I’ve written before how I’m not really a natural at certain types of play and much prefer reading, cooking or crafting with Caterpillar. These kits are ideal for this and we both enjoyed the quality time Little Cooks provided us. It’s always a lovely parent/child bonding experience to do something together you both enjoy. So if you’re the type of parent who is more into baking than blocks this could be for you.
- It kept him occupied. Let’s be honest, filling the days when you have little ones can be challenging enough and I’m always looking for new activities to keep the whining and boredom at bay.
- Discourages fussyness. I thought I’d dodged the fussyness bullet via baby-led weaning when Caterpillar was about 18 months old. Sadly, he hit the ‘terrible twos’ and began questioning his food a bit more. This didn’t last too long but sometimes we still experience some drama at mealtimes and I think having your child help with the cooking really encourages them to try new flavours with less fuss.
- A perfect gift. It’s sometimes hard to think of a good birthday gift for kids who appear to already have every action figure invented but a Little Cooks box would be a really unique, alternative present.
- The price. Each box is only £7.99 but if you use the discount code BOX1 you can get your first box for only £5.99.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, words and opinions are all my own. Please note that box contents may vary, check website for full details of current box.