I had a helper today in the kitchen. Actually, I usually have one or both in the kitchen when I’m cooking. I think it’s really good for them to be right up there with me when I’m cooking. We talk about food, how things go together, and safety. Lately, Arabella is learning what math is, so we talk about how measuring is using math when we cook. I used to put her in her high chair when she was a baby eating finger foods and explain to her everything I was doing to cook dinner. It was like having a personal audience for my own cooking show! Kids love learning about things that grown-ups do.
Camden was cleaning the counters for me and checking out what was going in the skillet. I make sure I have him far enough away from where I’m cooking so that he can’t burn himself, and we talk about how the stove is “hot” and not good to touch.
First we used some leftover grilled potatoes, chopped them up and sautéed in a skillet with some olive oil. If you don’t have leftovers, try this method that we use regularly for cooking breakfast potatoes. Sauté and stir occasionally until potatoes start to brown.
Then add 1/4 cup chopped ham and 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers. Cook another few minutes.
Another perk to cooking with Mommy is you never know what you’ll find to snack on while you help. Camden found the last piece of Banana Nut Bread, unwrapped it and ate it.
Whisk together 8 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk or half and half. Stir in a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 cup of shredded cheese. I used a Mexican blend.
Add the eggs to the skillet and stir until everything is level and evenly distributed.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are set. You can check this by inserting a skewer or a sharp knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, it should be cooked through.
Serve up and enjoy for breakfast or brunch. It might be dinner at our house one evening.
Arabella really liked it. She said “I could eat this all day long” which is her biggest compliment for food. I let her eat this piece on the fancy plate. We get fancy like that sometimes.
Have a great weekend!