Alfie has got to that lovely age where he is loving cooking with me – and he can actually help and not stress me out (too much!). So when I had the opportunity to take part in a blogger book tour and review this fab cookbook, I jumped at the chance. My Little Sous-Chef is a unique tandem cookbook created by three women who came up with this brilliant concept of creating an adult cookbook coupled with a kids version so parents and children can work together in the kitchen to produce some amazing food! Add to that a little bit of Italian inspiration and you’ve got yourself a fun, child-friendly way to cook.
There are 30 recipes in total, so it was hard to choose which one to start with. I’ll admit when I first looked through the book, a lot of the recipes were a bit alien to me and weren’t they types of things I would usually cook. However, I realised that lots of them are things I would usually buy so actually, it would be better to make them myself with the help of my little sous-chef! The idea of the tandem cookbooks is that the children’s version is fun, easy to follow version of the recipe that shows pictures and easy to follow instructions about what to do. With Alfie only being 2, he obviously can’t read yet, however, it was a great learning opportunity for him to recognise the pictures and match them to the ingredients we were using for the recipe. The fact he had his own cookbook was great for me as I didn’t need to worry about him getting the pages dirty or ripping them in his excitement to cook.
I then had my own adult version that was more detailed for me to follow so we could create a perfect dish! To be honest, the child version was actually pretty good and I didn’t need to refer to the adult version as much as I thought I would, but it was great to have the version there to refer to when I needed to. I also appreciated the amazing photography and hoped that our version would look at least a little like the photo in the book!
We decided to bake the brownies. I love brownies (to eat) but have never been great at baking them, so I was hoping they would come out half decent! I also knew Alfie would love them as he is a little chocolate fiend like his mum! And with Easter just last weekend, we had a fair amount of chocolate to use up. Because of this, we slightly changed the chocolate ingredient from dark chocolate to chocolate orange as this is what we had in the house.
Alfie was brilliant at pointing out the right ingredients, and then adding them to the scales whilst I checked the weights. He then added them to the bowl and was in charge of mixing it all up (I may have helped a little!)
After waiting patiently like a toddler does (i.e, not at all!!) our brownies were ready and we could tuck in. Alfie (and Daddy!) gave the seal of approval so I think they were a big success! They certainly didn’t last very long in our household.
We really loved using the My Little Sous-Chef cookbooks and are looking forward to trying out some more recipes – the sausage rolls are definitely next on the list!
Check out the other blogs taking part in the tour and see what they thought of the book.
Disclosure: I was sent this cookbook in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.