Today is Chinese New Year. It’s the Chinese culture’s most important celebration as it is a time for family reunion. Our plan was to celebrate with a fun food activity, making Fortune Cookies.
What I thought was going to be a fun group activity was way wrong. There was nothing kid friendly about it. In fact I should’ve just left the kids out of the kitchen. Things weren’t as “easy-going” as YouTube made it out to be. The kids did help with the fortunes and cutting them and folding them and adding them to the scorching cookie as I tried to fold them.
We started off with a very simple cookie batter recipe then I had to spread 2 circles of batter on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. That turned out to be the longest 12 minutes ever. As soon as they came out of the oven they had to be handled, bent, shaped and stuffed with a fortune. These babies were HOT. Sabreena was using her sweatshirt sleeves so she didn’t burn her fingers. I was using silicon oven mitts. I always hear about chefs having “asbestos fingers”, I guess I’m nowhere near that level.
Sabreena and I thought we had it under control and put 4 circles of batter in at once to speed up the process. We had 2 casualties that time. One cookie that didn’t take on a very good shaped and one that never made it off the baking sheet.
Was it fun? YES. Will I ever attempt it again? Probably Not. Best part though is they tasted really good.
Come join me and my co-hosts, Sarah of Play to Learn with Sarah, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.
- preparing healthy snacks
- having a tea party
- counting skills with m&ms
- pouring from measuring cups
- discovering a local restaurant that your kids love
- creating new family friendly recipes
You’ll find so many more ideas on the #KidsintheKitchen Pinterest Board.