Well, here we go with the first challenge: cheese straws.
As ever, with our cooking sessions, we waited until Isla was having her long afternoon nap and, as the sound of snoring came on the monitor, we donned our aprons and started cooking.
This is the first time Lilly and I have made something savoury, I think. After we’d put in the flour and butter, Lilly said: “And now, we add the chocolate!!!” Luckily, she wasn’t too disappointed when I told her we were adding cheese, instead. I was a little nervous how these biscuits would go down, as Lilly doesn’t like “hard” cheese. So I fooled her by presenting the cheese ready-grated, so that she wouldn’t realise what it was we were adding (mwahhahahahaha evil laugh!)
Whether she was fooled or not, I can’t be sure, but she was happy enough adding it, and once we had a dough like consistency, she enjoyed throwing flour all over the table (and floor), rolling out and cutting some shapes.
(NB A lesson I have learnt vis a vis cookie cutters. We have millions of them, but only about five should be made available each session. Otherwise you lose count of which ones you use and have to wash them all.)
Anyway, Lilly was much better at using the cookie cutters all by herself than last time we used them, and was rather pleased with herself as she cut out little gingerbread man shapes, arrows, stars and butterfly cheesey biscuits. I stuck with making the straws, for a bit of variety.
Lilly’s absolute favourite part of this recipe, though, was painting the biscuits with the egg and milk, and sprinkling the cheese on top. (When I say “sprinkling” I actually mean “layering on pretty thick”, so that the biscuits resembled cheese on toast!)
And, I am happy to report that, despite the presence of “hard cheese”, the biscuits went down very well with both of us and have been the snack item of choice in this house ever since.
So, if you want to have a go at making cheesey straws (or shapes) yourself, you’ll find the recipe here. And why not join in the Cooking With Kids Challenge? It’s a really great idea Cas, and I hope we will be able to join in with plenty more challenges during the course of 2011.