Some More Please: That’s the way the cookie crumbles

2012-02-16 08:55

The toddler’s 3rd birthday has come and gone – no I didn’t cave, hire a venue and pack a bag full of sweets in party packs.

I remained true to my toddler party conviction – cousins and three friends only. The menu was a cake (with princesses on it, a compromise), chocolate spread sandwiches (in star and heart shapes) and (plain salted) crisps for the kids, and for the adults, scones with raspberry mascarpone cheese and wine.

Each child got a spotty balloon and a paper windmill to take home – no one complained (or not in earshot anyway).

But most important of all – the toddler had an absolute blast and is waiting patiently for her next “happy birthday”. I have explained that every single person she knows has to have a turn before she gets another one – and she seems happy to wait. She must be a planner at heart.

In the meantime though, I have relaxed some standards around the house and decided it’s time to get into the kitchen with the toddler. The best way to achieve this is, of course, baking. I am a little bit of an impatient baker myself, preferring “chuck it in and hope for the best” cooking to nit-picking measuring, but I can learn.

Our first effort was a batch of peanut butter cookies and we invited her cousin around to help. While us mums mostly got the right amount of butter, flour, sugar and peanut butter into the mixture – they took turns stirring, spilling and then mashing the batter into patties.

Not fixing their mashed efforts took some serious mind-control on my part, but after 10 minutes in a hot oven even the mashed ones tasted pretty good dunked into tea.

In fact, they tasted so good dunked into tea that the toddler bit a chunk out of every one of them and dunked them in her tea – marking her territory, I suppose, and I was too busy yakking to stop her before they were all either soggy or spat on. I still ate them – that’s a mother thing.

This week we’ll be doing fairy cupcakes – and then we will start with the healthier stuff – home-made pizza, cheese straws and muffins with vegetables squirreled away in them. After all, once a food fascist, always a food fascist and besides, never mind the sugar rush, having freshly baked biscuits in the house is bound to lead to even worse middle-aged spread …

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