James in the Kitchen


This week I actually did a bunch of cooking and James has been helping me!

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Yesterday we made homemade pasta.  I let him play in a bunch of flour. Which, as an after thought, wasn’t the best decision for several reasons.  First, once I realized he was eating it I was worried that he is too little to be eating wheat so I looked it up online and technically most doctors right now say not to introduce wheat until 7-9 months… but then there are others who say it shouldn’t be a problem if there is no family history of allergy, and two newer studies one done in the U.S. and one in Europe somewhere say that introducing grains between 4-6 months means the child is less likely to develop an allergy later. So the jury is out but needless to say I did keep an eye on him for a couple hours to make sure he had no reactions and he was absolutely fine! I don’t think he got too too much in his mouth either… most of it got smeared on his face and head and shirt or drooled back out which then mixed more with the flour on his shirt.  Which brings me to my second reason… spit-flour becomes sticky like glue or paste and it is very, very hard to wash off! It took a long time to clean that mess up… but he had a lot of fun so that makes it worth it!

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Then today we decided to make some brownies for dessert.  I let him have the box while I was getting ingredients… he couldn’t figure out how to get it into his mouth but he thought it was pretty cool anyways.

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Then I let him play with the egg while I was mixing the rest of the ingredients.  I figured if he broke the egg I would wipe him up right away because I don’t want him eating eggs just yet…and especially raw eggs even if they are from our own chickens! But he wasn’t particularly interested in the egg, he mostly wanted his new toy that I let him pick out at Wal-Mart today.  It’s a bumble bee teether with four different wings and the whole toy vibrates if you pull the purple wing towards you.  He thinks that’s pretty fun, way more fun than a silly, boring egg.

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For supper we made beef stew.  I gave him a carrot and a potato to explore while I was cooking meat and chopping onions and garlic.  He gave the carrot a lick but wasn’t too sure about it.  He did like banging it around and playing with it though.  That poor carrot suffered a lot (got flung on the floor several times) before it got washed off and chopped for our supper.  The potato was more or less like the egg.  He looked at it a couple times but didn’t really care.  He is holding it in the last photo but only because I handed it to him.  It looks like he is licking it but really he was holding it and putting just his fingers in his mouth and he dropped the potato right after.  I guess the carrot and the brownie box are the winners of the day.

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James is still way too young to eat real food, he has about two more months of just milk before he gets anything solid, but at least he is in the kitchen with us and watching us and learning about things! Maybe then when he can have solid foods he will enjoy a variety of them and be willing to try more of them! Plus, it’s a lot more fun to cook stuff or do stuff around the house if he can keep me company and be engaged in what we are doing! Otherwise he would be stuck playing by himself or I would have to wait until he was in bed to do everything.  This way makes everybody happy! Tomorrow our goal is to figure out how to make homemade pizza rolls! We’ve got Joe’s homemade pizza dough, my homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and pepperoni and we’ll see how it goes!

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