Munchkin: Mommy, I want Spaghetti for dinner!
Me: Hmm, that is easy but I don't think we have any sauce.
Munchkin: Ooo! That is OK! I will make daddy's special white sauce and I want to make it all by myself!!!
Me: I think we are out of Parmesan cheese, isn't that the secret ingredient?
Munchkin: Well, yes.... but I can make some anyway!
Me: Ok...go for it. Do you need help?
Munchkin: Well, the last time there was too much milk so can you help me pour half of this 1/4 cup?
Me: Do you know that is 1/8th cup?
Munchkin: Oh yeah!! Ok, now I am going to put in mozzarella cheese and this other cheese. Do we have any spices?
Me: We have oregano and basil.
Munchkin: Can I smell them? (after smelling she decided on basil)
hmmmm.....what else should I put in?
Me: How about some garlic salt?
Munchkin: oo yes!
After mixing all of this together she microwaved it and stirred it up all by herself and then poured it into the pasta I had been preparing while she made the sauce. I should mention that I was making cookie dough at the same time as well so I wasn't really helping her.
I was so proud of her for making sauce from scratch, with no recipe, and it tasted good! I am a fairly decent cook but I am not great. I like to have a recipe to follow and cooking is not necessarily about that. I hope my little Munchkin learns to be an excellent cook and that we give her the freedom to do so! :)