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Baking Chocolate Cookies and Learning Words & Concepts

Kids can learn from cooking in ways that we cannot begin to fathom. From vocabulary to computer concepts to ofcourse – food, flavours, colours, textures and tastes – cooking sure means learning while having fun. So, dare yourself to let your child get messy in the kitchen and well… mess up your kitchen (winks!). The rewards will surprise you.

Of late, Pari’s love for cooking and baking is taking on the form of a passion. In the last few weeks, she’s made cakes and different type of rotis (Indian bread) and potato chips (at my mom’s place). And yesterday – chocolate cookies.

The cookie project has been on our list for sometime now. I just couldn’t get around to doing this with her either due to lack of time or the ingredients not being there at the time. But, in the meantime that I went shopping for our baking projects, I thought I could buy time by doing other related things before taking on the cookie project.

A video demo can add a new learning dimension to the child's cooking project…

So, together, we watched a few videos demonstrating how to make different types of cookies. Of all, we liked this recipe from www.joyofbaking.com. Pari watched the video a couple of times and by then the method had registered fully in her mind.

I believe there’s lot of value and fun in having the kid watch the video if possible before diving into the actual cooking project.

And here's why:

  1. When the child does the actual cooking/baking, she/he would have made a mental picture of how the whole thing would go about and turn out.
  2. She/he would have understood the process step-by-step rather than doing impromptu without knowing what comes next.
  3. The child will pick up a few words from the video demonstration that she/he would like using during the cooking process
  4. You can make her copy and paste the link into a notepad so that you can go back to it when you do the actual cooking. This means, the child learns a few computer concepts in the bargain.

Pari picked up these words and in the right context – beat, whisk, cocoa powder, white butter, unsweetened, preheat, temperature, baking powder, butter paper and some more.

Yesterday, when I had the ingredients in place, we got going in the evening. We followed the recipe and the method to the tee, except for the Dutch-processed cocoa powder that I could not find in the local market. We used the regular one.

Admire, eat, savour!

The cookies turned out really nice – crisp, flavourful and sumptuous.

Pari had them with a glass of orange-flavoured energy drink.

I also tried another version of serving them – with “mishti doi”.

For those of you who are not familiar with "mishti doi" (sweet curd), it’s a quintessential Bengali delicacy that is prepared by boiling milk till it thickens a bit; sweetening it with either jaggery, brown sugar, date molasses or caramelized sugar and then fermenting it overnight in an earthen ware.

Pari’s saved a bunch of links from www.joyofbaking.com onto a note pad and wants us to take up one recipe a day. An ice-cream is what she wants to make next.

Boy, does she know how to keep me on my toes…! But, do I mind? Not really!

{ 21 comments… add one }

  • Roopa April 19, 2011, 1:04 pm

    This is great!! You have lots of patience, and are very encouraging. Pari is lucky !! I have involved putti in kitchen to the extent of measuring, washing fruits/veggies and at times using cookie cutters. But never have dared to other things and now this post encourages me to try the next step:))
    And well done pari:)

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 20, 2011, 5:59 am

      About my patience – well, thank you dear. Encouraging words from readers and friends like you mean a lot. And then, it’s Pari’s love for cooking that makes me forget about the mess and the clean-up after that. I love the pure joy on her face when she’s involved in such projects.
      Yes, do begin with some easy recipes with Putti and take it from there.
      Pari had made this banana chat a few months back and this provides ample opportunity to make them happy and yet it’s easy and no-mess. You may try.


  • Anu April 19, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Wonderful, Rashmi!!! I totally echo Roopa’s words… and have never allowed samhith to go beyond helping me out slightly,,,, this really encourages me to try some new things out with him!

  • Kiran April 19, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Great Going Chefs !!!!!!
    Yes, Rashmie, I do agree with you…A video demo can add a new learning dimension to the child’s cooking project.
    Nice to see u encouraging Pari in various activities !!!!!!!

    Rasagna loves watching these cooking demos in Cbeebies and loves playing cooking games too and in turn has learnt many new terms :)
    Lemme try from www. joyofbaking.com.. Thanx for sharing…..

    Keep it up Pari !!!!!!!!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 20, 2011, 6:09 am

      You must be talking about this TV show – “I can Cook” on Cbeebies.
      O, it’s a wonderful programme for kids. Pari just drools over it. She never misses an episode!

      I hadn’t seen their web page until you mentioned. Pari will love those cooking games.

      I can understand why Rasagna loves it as well! :)

  • Sadhana Bhagwat April 20, 2011, 11:20 am

    wonderful Rashmie! you are a wonder-mom!!! and hats off to Pari! so young and already has so many varied interests!!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 21, 2011, 4:37 pm

      Thank you, Sadhi di – for being here and for your encouragement!
      I will let Pari know about your compliment to her :)

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