Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fun Food

Note: I used to have a food blog for a little while. Every once in a while I move a post over here to share. This post was originally posted in three years ago, shortly after our little guy turned two. (He's 5 now!)  

One day a few weeks, while we were walking around my hubby's hometown in the Netherlands, we hung out in a bookstore. I love bookstores in general, and now that my Dutch has improved, I'm able to (mostly) follow the instructions in Dutch cookbooks.

One of my favorite souvenirs from our trip to Holland was this Dutch cookbook for kids.

Roughly translated, the title is "Garnish with Kids" and it's full of step-by-step photos of fun meals for kids that look like animals and vehicles and things.

I haven't found anything similar in English...yet.

D and I have had lots of fun with these lunches. I've had to improvise quite a bit and my options are rather limited until we go shopping tomorrow, but it's been a really cool way to spend our long car-less days at home. (We'll getting a new car on Monday). One of D's favorite things is to "help" me cook. At least once a day, he'll pull a chair over to the kitchen counter and say, "Cook, Mommy?" Sometimes he'll go over to the pantry and start handing me seasonings. I love that he loves food, and this cookbook is an especially good way for him to appreciate the process of putting a meal together. For now, his job is to watch, help gather the ingredients, and most important, sample often!

A few of our recent creations:


Now that D is in preschool, we don't get to make as many fun lunches, but I recently made this rocket in honor of his love of space. 

You can find more fun kids meals on my Pinterest board.

Follow Jen | de Jong Dream House's board Culinary Creations :: Kids on Pinterest.

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