Cooking With Toddlers

I thought making scones would be fun.

Or should I say I thought eating scones warm from the oven would be fun, and making them might stave off the impending boredom related tantrum.

Problem one:

The Naked Chef is all very well as a title for a TV show, but if Jamie had actually been cooking with his tackle dangling about in the mixing bowl I would have quite lost my appetite. Syd however feels that naked from the waist down is the perfect cooking outfit, this resulted in one of those ‘sentences I never thought I would say’ moments:-

‘There is a no genitals out when you are cooking rule.’

Problem two:

The determined to fall off the chair bit. Despite me having everything ready before allowing him into the room, and all he needed at the right height in front of him, there was a somewhat dangerous amount of teetering and one ‘thank god Mummy caught me’ moment.

Problem three:

Flour doesn’t taste good on it’s own. I did warn him. He didn’t listen. He nearly vomited and then gagged as the claggy mix of powder and saliva stuck to the insides of his mouth.

Problem four:

The Impatient Cook. Why can’t we just put everything in now all in one go? Why can’t we re-create a scene from Frozen with this flour? Why can’t I eat the butter straight from the tub? Why add just this little bit of milk, why not pour in half a pint? Why isn’t it cooked yet? Why isn’t it cool enough to eat yet?

Problem five:

Scones are boring. Why make those when it is far more fun to invent something utterly unthought of before by breaking up Mummy’s oatcakes and putting them in her coke. While I am sure there are unbelievable health benefits from this concoction, I am certain you are with me on passing up the opportunity to try it, even when it is being practically forced up your nose by a determined but short chef.



Cooking with toddlers is only for the brave, but on the plus side – the scones were delicious!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. June 25, 2014 / 9:31 am

    Ha! You need one of those kitchen helper thingummies. I tried constantly to win one but constantly failed, but I bet it’d be perfect for Syd. Although I can imagine it being a tower of a castle afterwards….!
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    • June 25, 2014 / 9:34 am

      Yes! I know the thing you mean, though it looks like it will take up quite a lot of room in my small kitchen, but would certainly be safer than chair surfing!
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  2. June 25, 2014 / 9:50 am

    I guess I got lucky with my boy when I was teaching him to bake growing up. I found that making sure recipes had only a few ingredients first worked well and keeping their attention on the task at hand was key. It gets easier – soon he will be making you dinner!
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  3. June 25, 2014 / 11:06 am

    hahaha!! There is a no genitals out when you are cooking….Brilliant! Never had to use that before….
    Glad they turned out well though 🙂 x
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  4. June 25, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    I guess children get bored easily, they always want the end result like now! I have to be honest I kind of want to try the oatcakes in coke now though.. does that make me weird?!

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  5. June 25, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    Ha ha! This sounds like great fun! We always have the trouble of the almost falling off the chair moments. Stressful but it gets better as they get older 🙂

  6. June 25, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    ha! mine have always sat on the worksurface with me from being tiny tots, watching and ‘helping’… as soon as they were big enough they all liked to bake things. My five year old will make cakes every day if she could! Having kids who can bake me treats is the best thing :p
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  7. June 25, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    its the impatience for my lot , no more chaires but the having to wait before decoratin that tiny time between bake and decorate lol x

  8. June 25, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Oh how this sounds so familiar lol! I really enjoy cooking and baking and so does my little boy (hes 4) but as you mentioned he gets rather impatient after about 5 minutes and rather slap dash (flour up the walls butter in all the crevices of the cooker and hob) and baking turns from a enjoyable activity to a stressful one lol! But seeing his little face when he presents his cookies or cakes to daddy when he gets home is all worth it x

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  9. June 25, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Haha, I haven’t tried to cook with my toddler. You are very brave, I know he would get covered in flour lol
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  10. June 25, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    He he, love it -what a giggle and it conjured up such images. What are boys like!
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  11. June 26, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Brilliant, that really made me laugh, especially ‘no genitals when cooking’. And that drink! Makes me feel sick just looking at it!
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  12. June 26, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Brilliant, that really made me laugh, especially ‘no genitals when cooking’. And that drink! Makes me feel sick just looking at it!
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  13. June 26, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    This is brilliant. I have two toddler boys who are extremely enthusiastic in the kitchen. Unfortunately I’m not (I hate baking and cooking!) But once in a while we attempt something…usually ends up going exactly how you have described it, but x2!

  14. June 26, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Very funny and very true. I avoid cooking at the best of times but cooking with a toddler needs a big glass of gin and a huge dose of optimism!
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  15. June 27, 2014 / 5:50 am

    Ewwwww that drink!
    I avoid cooking with the small people because I find flour everywhere for weeks!
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