Yes, I purposefully gave my kids knives...and let them play with fire...and I'd do it again!
As part of Camp Hough I taught the kids how to cook a few things. Because of this it sparked an interest in some cooking shows, specifically Chopped. If you have never watched Chopped, you should. Four chefs are presented with a basket of some CA-RA-ZY ingredients. There are 3 rounds, an appetizer round, an entree' and a dessert round. Each round, the chefs serve up their dishes to some hard core, sort of scary judges. At the end of each round, one of the chefs is "chopped" by the judges. The remaining chefs move on to the next round.
As the summer was winding down, the natives were growing restless and I needed a break from the ongoing school preparations. Sooooo, what better way to pass a morning than to arm my kids with knives and fire and have them compete against each other. I can think of very few things that bring a family closer than some healthy competition and sharp objects. I changed things up a teeny bit. I gave them ingredients that they had to use for a complete lunch, a main dish a side and a dessert. And we only had one round of 30 minutes. To say that they were pumped is a minor understatement.
For your viewing pleasure, I present to you: Chopped...Hough Edition.
Sign, Courtesy of Gianna Marie
The contestants with their secret ingredients... bologna, and apple, string cheese, croutons, saltines a marshmallow and a pack of fruit juice gummies.
It was about to get crazy up in here!
Hannah and Gianna showing off their knife skills (?). I was scared, I'll admit it.
Isaac headed straight for the stove to get some butter melting for his gourmet grilled cheese, egg and fried bologna sandwich.
Gia's work in progress
Rather than a sandwich, Hannah opted to give it a twist and make a melted cheese and bologna roll up.
Noah made a gorgeous salad.
Hannah was hands down the most creative. She melted down her gummies with a splash of water and candied her apple slices in it! It was actually really good!
Noah's desert was a marshmallow stuffed with gummies. That is a lot of sugar going on there!
Gia creatively (?) made a dressing for a spinach salad with strawberry yogurt. It was....interesting....yep, that's it.
The overall winner was Isaac. His sandwich was really good and his dessert was quite tasty also. He melted his marshmallow into some peanut butter and mixed it in with some apple and blueberries.
It was so fun to watch their little creative juices flowing and to see what they came up with.They seemed to really enjoy it. Their descriptions of their food was great too. Isaac was talking about his "simple salad of spinach and a light dressing."
Aiden, Jonathan, Coley and I were the judges, although I am 99.99999% sure that Coley didn't actually taste any of the food. They each won an award, most inventive (Gianna), best presentation (Noah), best dessert (Hannah) and the ultimate Chopped Champion (Isaac). It was messy and dangerous, but they had a lot of fun and (mostly) cleaned up after themselves. The best part was, they had to eat whatever they made so that nothing went to waste, so I didn't have to make lunch! Bonus!