The previous month or so I was getting kind of worried about the quality of time I’d been spending with Liron (I should say lack of quality time). She is thoroughly independent and self-directed which can be cool, but I was thinking there had to be some activities that I could suggest and follow through with to engage her better. After all, I don’t want her just running around stimming left and right!
So it was to my great delight when about 3 weeks ago she hopped off her bar stool (her snacking perch) where she was watching me cook, to actually ask questions and help!
I hadn’t been baking much lately, but I picked up a book called Chocolate and Zucchini at a local used bookstore. (Yes, I linked you to the author’s blog. And I encourage you to check it out and explore more about her.) So when a tub of plain whole-fat yogurt guiltily kept staring me in the face, knowing it was only a matter of time til it went bad, I decided to make yogurt cake from said cookbook. And so it was!
The cake was yummy, simple, not obnoxiously sweet, easy, and FUN! I decided on the heels of this activity (where Liron helped sift, measure and stir) we would bake something the following week. So I asked her for ideas.
- Me: Liron what should we bake next?
- Liron: “Blueberry cake!”
- Me: “I don’t think I have a recipe for blueberry cake.”
Liron: “Don’t worry mama. We can go on Bon Appetit.”
The following week she requested raspberry cake. Back to Epicurious for this – Raspberry Cake with Marsala, Crème Fraîche, and Raspberries, pictured below with cooking assistant. WIN! We had company come that night and I can tell you it was a big hit (though not cheap given the cost of raspberries these days).
So there you have. We have a tasty new hobby!