Dads and their kids should cook together

Huey and CharlotteMost Mums know how much their kids enjoy cooking. But why should it just be Mums? Dads should be cooking with their kids too and Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson is leading by example.

Huey often has his 7 year old daughter, Charlotte, on his show, Hueys Cooking Adventures (Ch 10, 3.30pm weekdays). He wants her to have the same love for food and cooking as he has.

“It’s important to get kids in the kitchen early. Teach them a few things they can cook pretty much by themselves and their love for cooking will grow” Huey says.

“And let’s face it, if the kids can cook, it’s got to be a good thing for the whole family in the long run. How great will it be for them to cook for you in the future?” Huey says with a big smile.

Recipes from the show can be found on www.hueyscookingadventures.com.au. Charlotte also has her own section of the website where she has lots of kid-friendly recipes, so there’s no excuse for Dad. There's even a forum on the site so you can discuss and swap recipes.

 

hoisin chicken wrapsHoisin Chicken Wraps

Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 chicken tenderloins
cooking oil spray
Hoisin sauce
4-6 tortillas
baby cos leaves
strips of celery

Method:

  1. Preheat overhead grill to the highest degree.
  2. Place the chicken on a lightly oiled baking tray and generously brush both sides of the chicken with Hoisin. Then grill for 4-5 mins, turning once.
  3. Cook the tortillas on a lightly oiled ridged grill (or in a pan).
  4. If you like, brush the tortillas with more Hoisin and then lay the chicken, lettuce and celery on top. Roll up and enjoy!


Note: Any salad can be used for this recipe.

 

long soupA sort of Long Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 packet hokkien noodles
1 litre chicken (or vegie) stock
soy sauce
8 baby corn, halved
6 baby carrots, peeled & sliced
12 snowpeas
2 spring (green) onions, shredded
a good handful of beanshoots
3-4 chillies, finely sliced

Method:

  1. Soak the noodles in boiling water and set aside until separated. Then drain well.
  2. Place the stock, a splash of soy, the corn and carrots in a large pot. Bring to the boil and cook for about 5 mins until the vegies are tender.
  3. Then add the snowpeas, spring onions and beanshoots. Stir and bring back to the boil.
  4. Mound the noodles in individual bowls and top with the soup and vegies. Serve with small bowls of soy sauce mixed with chilli on the side, if you like.
Photo of Iain and Charlotte courtesy of Ruth Krawat.
 
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