The closure of schools and school canteens in mid-March disrupted the organization of daily meals. We had to redouble our imagination to renew our recipes but also to entertain our children. In fact, among the 37% of French * who cooked twice as much during this period, many enlisted the youngest in the stoves. And not just for baking simple cakes … Hence a real family cooking boom.
And it is not Grégoire Kalt, photographer for ELLE at the table and father of two children, who will say the opposite. “With my daughter, Ly, 17, we prepared a casserole lamb. I took the opportunity to teach him how to cut, cooking times, temperatures or the order of things, that is to say why salt the onions before frying them, why put them in cold oil and not quivering … I passed on all these little basic things to her when you cook. The preparation of meals thus becomes a precious moment of sharing for parents, and a space of creativity for children. As long as they forget the teacher-student hierarchy, children can even add a real plus to the preparation of recipes. "To accompany our casserole lamb," confirms Grégoire, "my son, Zak, 12, had the idea to replace the carrots with sweet potatoes. It was awesome ! "
Cooking with the family, even with the little ones
For toddlers, getting involved is also a stimulus. Marilou Fassanaro, owner of the Fritto restaurant in Sète, experienced this with his 4-year-old son Joseph: “My father is a fisherman, so we eat fish all year round. When I made pickled anchovies, Joseph was able to touch the skin of the fish and even help me remove the viscera. It was a real discovery of the raw product, and that's what I think pleased him! »Touching, handling and even tasting raw foods helps the little ones to familiarize themselves with the food. Better still, the pride of having participated in the making of the dish will make them more eager to taste it. And to finish it. Don't hesitate, take advantage of the holidays to gather your clerks aged 7 to 77 around our ultra-easy recipes to prepare as a family.
* Public Health France study.