Recently, Genevieve wandered into the kitchen while I was working the bread dough.
She wanted to help.
I let her.
That may sound like a straightforward request and response, but in my kitchen, that scenario is the result of scheduled cooking lessons last year. I thought the lessons were something I would repeat this summer, but somehow, those formal lessons just unlocked the kitchen for both the children and me.
We approach cooking much more organically this summer, responding to recipe requests and spontaneous helpfulness and interest. Genevieve found a coconut bread recipe in a book. Ben wanted to make chocolate cake. As supper helpers, they choose herbs, taste for salt, select condiments, and suggest menus. Genuine cooks! It's great fun to have my older kids in the kitchen.