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Help with CHOPPED type task!

Hanky Jun 16, 2011 05:52 PM

My granddaughter (10) loves the show Chopped. Today I gave her a task and she had to make something out of what I gave her. I gave her eggs,celery,and mayo. I allowed her to cheat a bit by googling her items and she made egg salad. Her brother and my husband were the judges. She was so proud.

She wants to do it again in a couple of weeks and I'm having trouble coming up with some simple things for her. Her knife skills aren't bad and she does use the stove with supervision.I want to keep it fairly simple for her. Any ideas out there please?

  1. Emme Jun 17, 2011 08:55 PM

    second the suggestion for adding herbs/spices into the mix. by tasting and using, she'll be able to pair on a whim.

    another way to go instead of multiple ingredients, go a little more iron chef, and ask her to take one ingredient and go three ways. ie eggplant (parmesan, miso glazed, baba ghanoush... i know that sounds a bit complicated, so maybe not eggplant) or apples (baked apples, (microwave) applesauce, fruit salad)....

    some ingredients i'd consider including:
    balsamic vinegar
    cheeses (jarlsberg, ricotta, feta, parmesan, romano, etc)
    navy beans
    lima beans
    unsweetened cocoa powder

    ...sounds like so much fun, i wish my grandmother had done this with me!

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    1. re: Emme
      Hanky Jun 18, 2011 05:11 AM

      Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Now her 7 yr. old brother wants to be included. I know what I'm doing for him. One of his favorite dishes is cucumbers and onions so I will put out a couple of the ingredients and see if he can figure out what to do with them. It;s always a fun time in the kitchen with them. My grandson says everything we make tastes good because we make it with love. I told him that I hope someday he marries someone who cooks with love. He paused for a bit and said "Grandma, I don't want to marry an old lady". Out of the mouths of babes.

      1. re: Hanky
        Terrie H. Jun 18, 2011 03:09 PM

        Hanky -that is truly priceless! It sounds like you have some lovely grandchildren.

        1. re: Terrie H.
          Val Jun 18, 2011 03:17 PM

          Heck yes, it's priceless and precious as well! Good for you, Hanky! You are doing those grands a WORLD of good to be able to cook their own food AND make it tasty and lovely as well! SWEEEET!

          1. re: Val
            Hanky Jun 19, 2011 04:19 AM

            Thanks so much for the kind comments everyone.I have 17 grandchildren. The oldest is 21 and the youngest is 4 months. These 2 live right across the street so they spend lots of time with me. They help Grandpa in the garden and are allowed to plant what they want. None of the grands are fussy eaters. I think it's because we have always let them help. None of my girls are fussy eaters either. If it didn't move too fast they ate it,lol.

    2. DiningDiva Jun 16, 2011 10:15 PM

      What a cool project for your granddaughter. You could turn this into a fun way to learn about different foods she hasn't yet been exposed to or developed a taste for.

      * You could give her 2 fairly standard ingredients and then a 3 one that would be new to her. She have to taste it and then figure out how to use it. For example you could give her some fresh tomatoes, some mozzarella and a complementary ingredient she isn't as familiar with.

      * Make one of the ingredients a fruit or vegetable that might be unusual to a 10 year old. Like a mango, a chayote squash or (if she's really ambitious) an artichoke

      * How about including fresh herbs in the ingredients

      * Give her a frozen waffle and ask her if she wants to go sweet or savory, then pick the remaining ingredients based on her response.

      * Don't forget hummus. It's easy to make in a food processor (with supervision if she needs it) and can be flavored lots of different ways

      What a great way to begin developing you granddaughters palate and sense of how flavors can combine. Good luck, I'm sure you'll come up with ideas

      1. todao Jun 16, 2011 09:50 PM

        How about some uncooked rice (basmati?), some frozen peas and peanuts?
        She'll learn to cook the rice, defrost the peas, how to adjust seasoning and how to time the introduction of the nuts.
        A pinch of turmeric and salt to help with the flavor and she's got a nice side dish.

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          escondido123 Jun 16, 2011 06:00 PM

          Bread, butter, egg plus pantry items like milk, jam, sugar, syrup, She could make eggs with toast, french toast, and the like.

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          1. re: escondido123
            S_K Jun 16, 2011 06:36 PM

            Other salad type items? Pasta?

            Give her stuff to make a "Creative grilled cheese" so she can have all the regular items of grilled cheese, but she has to choose 1-2 other ingredients from the fridge or pantry to make it interesting!

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