I was making a vegetarian curry last night for dinner and Alex was wondering to and fro with an air of mischief about him. I decided to ask him if he'd like to help me peel the veggies for dinner. "Oh yes please" was his response.
The last time I cooked with the boys was at least 3 months ago and that didn't go to well. I have control issues in the kitchen and having the boys measure out flour for cookies then proceeding to drop 40% of it on the way over to the bowl does not make me giddy with excitement or entice me to have them in the kitchen on a regular basis, so asking Alex to help me was something that does not come natural for me when I am in the kitchen. However, I thought peeling a spud is a little safer than dumping flour into a bowl (now I write this I see how silly it sounds- yes giving a kid a sharp object is sooo much safer than dumping flour Camilla!)
I showed Alex what I was doing and encouraged him to follow suit. I asked him if he had peeled a vegetable before and he looked at me and said 'Uhmm, no but I can do it' and with that much enthusiasm I proceeded to direct him in the art of peeling. Within seconds I was told "I can do it mummy, I can do it"- in that three year old voice that is 10 times louder than your own. Surprisingly I got the message and continued to peel my own spud.
A couple of minutes later I hear- 'It's not working mum......ohhh, NO, NO it's OK I have a better way' and with that said I see him stabbing at the potato. The peeler blade millimeter's from his tiny little fingers. With the amount of force he was stabbing I thought he would for sure stab himself! After removing the peeler from his tight grip I decided I'd give him one more try seeing how excited he was. I think Alex managed to peel one piece of skin before telling me my way was to hard and his way was much more fun!
In the end I finished off the potato, Alex got to keep all his fingers and I was quite pleased one of my kids left the kitchen feeling he 'helped' with dinner- couldn't of done it without you Alex.