Thursday, 15 October 2015

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J Summary (6Y6M10D) - J's First Full Cooking Class with Mommy - Stewed Osso Bucco


Serves 3

Ingredients:
1. 2 large beef shanks cut into 1 inch cube.
2. 2 large potatoes cut into 1 inch cube.
3. 1 clove garlic chopped
4. 3 cherry tomatoes cut into 4 each (optional)
5. 1 large carrot chopped into bite size.
6. 1/2 cup water
7. 1 TBS cooking oil
8. Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Heat pan with oil.
2. Fry garlic until golden.
3. Add beef and fry for 1 minute or until golden on high heat. Flip over and do the same.
4. Add 1/2 cup water
5. Reduce heat to low (no. 2.5 on my stove), cover and simmer for 2 hours.
6. While the beef is cooking, chop tomatoes, potatoes and carrots.
7. Add tomatoes, cover and simmer.
8. Half hour before removing from fire, add in the potatoes and carrots and continue to simmer until potatoes are cooked.
9. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes :-)

Additional Information:
I mentioned that my greatest regret is not learning practical life skills from my mum. So I am determined that Joshua should learn it during his childhood. I am fortunate that J loves to cook (though he is not too keen with the house chores :-( ) If you need to motivate your child to cook, here are some tips from How we Montessori :-)

Joshua has started to help a little here and there with making dinner. It is the school holidays, and we had a little more time. So I decided to try out teaching him to make the full dish. 

He chose to make stewed osso bucco. He pretty much prepared the ingredients and cook the whole dish himself, with my supervision. I forgot to take a picture of him peeling and chopping the garlic. We were so eager to eat after he has cooked that I also forgot to make a picture of the completed dish.

Children cooking classes are very popular in Denmark, but I guess he would learn the most having individual attention from me, and also I enjoy doing it myself.

For the Asian readers, you may ask, what is the academic benefit of learning how to cook in this modern age? Hawker takeaways are much more convenient and may even be cheaper, and every family nowadays in Singapore has a lived-in domestic helper anyway, why waste time? It looks like I am regressing to dinosaur's age :-) Well, apart from the practical life skills which I find important, the cutting and chopping during cooking is a fun way and a very good opportunity to develop fine motor skills, which will in turn help in strengthening pencil-holding skills. Your child will also learn sequencing skills and how to follow a recipe. So time spent in the kitchen will not be wasted. I believe that it will actually complement academic development :-)

J chopping garlic

J cutting the beef shanks...

Washing up after that...


J heating cooking oil on pan...

J frying garlic until golden...

J adding the beef shanks...

and frying them until golden...

J flipping them over and fry them...

J adding salt...

J adding water...

J covering and simmeringthe beef shanks...

J peeling the potatoes...

J cutting the carrots...

and cherry tomatoes...

J adding the cherry tomatoes into the pan, cover and simmer...

30 minutes before completing, J adding the potatoes and carrots, cover and simmer...

J washing up after dinner...

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