Remember the biscuit bears?
Now, I've always talked to her about the nutritional benefits of her food and she knows what's good for muscle, bone and immune systems, but she hasn't made much more than fresh fruit kebabs and the said cakes and biscuits. I wanted to enable her to cook healthy, nutritious meals, but wasn't sure how to begin.
Luckily, the BBC Good Food magazine (my cooking Bible) has been doing series of little pull out pages called "We love to cook" taking one ingredient per month and creating three recipes suitable for children aged 3 - 6, 5 - 9 and 8 - 14. I've been cutting them out and keeping them, waiting for an appropriate time to introduce them to her.
I needn't have worried, after a summer of being addicted to "Celebrity Masterchef" (and correctly predicting the winner), daughter announced "I want to cook like that!" so I quickly whipped out the recipes and away she went!
After making the Strawberry Jellies (from powdered gelatine) she started to suggest her own versions with different fruits and juices!
Then she moved on to Cheesy Courgette Pizza and talked about other combinations of toppings.
Her next offering is Sweet & Sticky Chicken Noodles - yum.
I think I've unleashed a Mini Masterchef!
(If you have any budding Masterchefs at home, and would like to try some, the "We love to cook" recipes are available here )