My youngest daughter B has been bugging me to help her cook. So last night she made her first ever meal.
Yes her hair is wet… she was fresh out of the shower!
At the grand old age of 9 she grilled burgers (yes on the BBQ!), she made a salad and she made some guacamole to top the burgers off with.
It was DELICIOUS!
First up we made the guacamole… I wanted to get that out of the way as it can sit in the fridge for a while while we made the rest.
juice from 1 lime
3 cloves garlic -crushed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
We made this in the food processor, but you could just as easily mash it all up in a bowl with a fork.
You peel your avocados and remove the stone. The easiest way to do this is to stick a knife in them and twist.
Yes my 9 year old was really using that knife! She is very proud of her knife skills and has never cut herself!
Then you remove the avocado flesh – use a spoon, it makes the job so much easier.
Put the flesh in the food processor and add all the remaining ingredients – salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and lime juice. If you are not using a food processor, put all the ingredients into a bowl and mash like mad with a fork….
Pulse until you have a coarse puree. You do want some chunks of avocado flesh in there – don’t puree it until it is smooth!
Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary and chill until required.
Next we made the salad. We made a fairly basic mixed salad.
1/2 head of romaine lettuce – chopped
1/2 head of green leaf lettuce – chopped
1 kohlrabi – peeled and grated (C refers to this as an “alien vegetable from Mars”)
3 carrots – peeled and grated
4 green onions – chopped
1/2 cucumber – chopped
Balsamic dressing (we used 1 part balsamic vinegar to 3 parts olive oil)
This is simple to make. Prep all the veggies and put them in a big bowl.
Toss to mix.
Yes her hands were clean – she washed them before she started cooking, and had actually washed them several times before she got to this point… Hands are the best tool to toss salads because you don’t damage the delicate greens.
Add the balsamic vinegar to a jar along with the olive oil (1 part balsamic to 3 parts oil)
and shake to mix.
Set aside until ready to serve.
Just before serving pour over the dressing and toss it all together.
The burgers were ones that I bought – Range fed, heritage Angus beef….
OK so range fed implies that they are grass fed – I am not so gullible that I am going to think that that means they are 100% grass fed. The cows these burgers came from may have eaten some grass (most do tbh!), but they will have been grain finished, most probably in a CAFO. But these burgers, (which came from Costco btw) are some of the tastiest, juiciest ones we have ever eaten… They seriously are the best ready-made burgers I have ever found, which is why I am happy to use them occasionally.
These burgers need to be cooked from frozen…
So we followed the instructions on the box, and put 6 of them on the BBQ…
5 minutes later, B turned them over. She was incredibly brave!
She was scared, but after she had done it, she said that it was not so bad and that she would not be afraid to do it again… This was the first time she had ever used a BBQ….
Another 5 minutes of cooking and they were done…
Can’t you just see the pride in her face?
And they looked delicious.
Then B served them.
She put a bed of the dressed salad on a plate, topped it with a burger and followed that with a big dollop of guacamole.
This was a delicious meal and very healthy.
And very impressive seeing that it was cooked by a 9 year old girl (with supervision/help from me).
Just to set your minds at rest, and so that you don’t feel that you need to report me to the authorities, even though B was using the knife and the BBQ, I was hovering by her side the whole time just in case she hurt herself. As far as the knife goes, she has been using knives like that for quite a while and has been shown the safe way to do it. She was not in any danger at any point.