When I was first introduced to Raddish, my children and I fell in love with their thoughtful and beautifully designed cooking kits (mailed right to my door) that helped us cook together. We’ve worked through a handful of “cooking with kids” books, and I and wasn’t sure how this would stack up to the experience of simply borrowing a book from the library. I mean, it wasn’t like they were sending us the food!
However, I was pleasantly surprised at not only the high quality of the content, but how engaging it was to not just my six-year old, but to me as well!
We opened the box and first discovered the apron and chef’s hat! Looking the part goes a long way towards building a master chef, believe me! The theme of our box was France, and it came with an iron-on badge that could be attached to the apron, Girl Scout-style, once the cooking was done. Nice touch!
Thoroughly motivated to tackle French cooking, Miss Six looked over the recipes for crepes, ratatouille, and steak with frites. She decided that we’d save the crepes for breakfast and would tackle a 3-course meal of ratatouille, oven-baked fries (that were seriously the best homemade fries ever), and steak!
Let me start by saying, in full confession mode, that I was a vegetarian for about ten years and have NEVER in my life made a steak. Truly. So this is where the learning comes in for me, too!
We went to the market with our shopping list in hand (conveniently organized and provided by Raddish), and came home for a full afternoon of connecting over food.
As you can see, the recipe cards are fully illustrated for non-readers on coated paper that can literally stand up, and also figuratively stand up to kitchen splatters. One of the fun perks was the “Speak like a French chef” card that taught us French cooking phrases such as a la mode and mis en place. Like I said, we were all learning!
Finally, a few hours later, we had a full meal, complete with hand-molded chive butter, that she (er, we) proudly served to the grandparents. The meal was DELICIOUS, and one that we will make again, for sure.
Thanks, Raddish, for such a meaningful family cooking experience! I’m a lifelong fan.
A question for you: What is the biggest challenge you face with cooking with kids?