Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I've put together some "adult skills" courses for the boys, and the first one is baking. In a nutshell, they learn to bake several things independently and when they 'graduate' they throw a party for their friends and serve some of their favorites. (There's also meal preparation, grocery shopping, and home maintenance classes, but that's another post.)
Anyway, he choose to make the cookies for his first lesson so I told him that it was the very first recipe I learned how to make from my mom. He thought about that a bit then said maybe he could teach it to his kids and did grandma learn it from her mom? I didn't know the answer to that. But I'm excited that he's excited about baking/cooking.
Making the cookies with him and then having creamed egg on toast for dinner got me thinking about learning to cook as a child. Those two recipes are the oldest of the handful I can make from memory. What I like to cook has changed a lot since then, but I'll never forget my first lessons. I feel very fortunate to have had a mother who took the time to teach me. Oh, and those first chocolate chip cookies are still the best.
What about you? What was the first thing you learned to cook/bake? What recipes can you cook from memory? Who taught you?