You know what my boys made me yesterday afternoon? Nope, it wasn’t a necklace of yarn. Or a bracelet. Heck, it wasn’t even mad.
Get ready for it…
They made me lettuce wraps. (Yes, really!) And a yummy dessert that included whipped cream. Made from actual cream. Right before my eyes.
Ok, they had a bit of help. Rainbow Chefs — a kid’s cooking school focused on teaching children healthy eating and confidence in the kitchen — invited me to bring the boys to try out a class. They had a great time! In just an hour or so with Chef Adi, they learned that peppers (of all colors) are really fruit. It’s good to eat lots of colors every meal (which explains the name “Rainbow”). There’s a smart way to hold a veggie when you’re chopping to protect your fingers. We don’t eat until everyone is sitting. Wearing a chef’s hat is fun. And we know what we — yes, we — are making for dinner tonight. (Oh, and the smell of garlic doesn’t come off your hands in the bath.)
As you know, Big is a wannabe chef and has an unusual love of healthy food (he asked for lettuce leaves as his snack the other morning). Little, well, he likes the idea of knives, but eating isn’t really his thing. Somehow, this class kept them both quiet and engaged the whole time. (I’m not sure you’re understanding the magnitude of that. Are you?!) Chef Adi, who’s professionally trained as a chef and a teacher, was great with the kids. (Especially given the fact that I’m pretty sure neither of them said a word or cracked a smile for a good 25 minutes…oh, the shyness!)
Apparently a table knife, cutting board, some veggies, and a purpose are a magical formula for cooperative boys. (Of course, you’ll note I didn’t mention sharing or taking turns since they each had their own. Brilliant!)
In no time, Big was downing his third lettuce wrap and Little was licking whipped cream off his plate. (And Pink was licking whipped cream off of anything she could find it on…little party crasher.) Me? Well, I was just day dreaming of the meals these little guys might create for me as I hand over the dusty keys to our kitchen. Goodness knows, these boys need to learn how to cook, and there has to be somebody more inspiring — and inspired — than me. The fun they have learning along the way? Well, that’s just the whipped cream on top.
And, if you’re in the East Bay, they offer classes through the San Ramon (woot, woot!), Danville (wolf pack attack), and Moraga Rec Centers (and also in many local school’s after-school programs), so check them out.
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Disclosure: Rainbow Chefs invited my boys to attend a class at no charge in exchange for a review of our experience. All opinions are my own.