Cooking 2020

Arjun started 2020 with a zest for cooking. He cooked everything on his own and we really enjoyed the food and the calories!!! Here’s the photo journal of all the yummy food he cooked (we forgot to take photos for some as we were too impatient to eat.)

Meals by Arjun

Arjun has been preparing meals for the family when the mood strikes.  He is using the recipes from “What Shall We Cook Today?”  The conditions are that he has to follow the recipes in the book and he cannot use the same recipe again.  He has been rating the recipes in the book.  Also, he is using only his grandmother’s help to prepare these meals.  All the meals have been delicious and it has been a real joy.  Here are the photos of meals prepared by him with the help of his grandmother.

$20 Grocery – May 2014

This weekend, $20 grocery project was very special for Kabir. This is because he went to Kroger with the help of his grandfather and made the dinner with the help of his grandmother. As Kabir had lost all his previous savings by taking us to a restaurant last month, he was very cautious with his money. He spent only $13.90. So, his savings is $6. He is thrilled to have $6 as savings.

He picked “spaghetti with herbs & garlic” from the book, “what shall we cook today?” I have to say that this is the best kids’ cook book I have come across. I love the recipes from this book. Out of 70 recipes in this book, Kabir has already tried 6 recipes in the last 5 months. Each one them have received 5 stars from him. So far, he has tried the following recipes from the book:

  • spaghetti with herbs & garlic
  • sticky toffee pudding
  • chocolate salami
  • oatie cookies
  • creamy pea soup
  • tomato pesto rolls

Amit is not really fond of spaghetti but this one changed his mind. It was just super-duper delicious! He also bought cookie dough ice-cream for dessert. He served us a satisfying and delicious meal!

Restaurant for Dinner

Kabir has been saving some money each month when he does $20 grocery dinner for us. This evening, I asked him to take us to a restaurant and use his savings to order food. The idea was for him to figure out how to order food in a restaurant, to calculate the bill, to calculate the tip. It was fun! He did amazing job! Hopefully, he realized that eating out is more expensive than at home.

Here’s Kabir’s report for this little project:

“Today I decided to treat my family to a Thai restaurant using my savings. We forgot the bill, but we know that the food costed $31.55, and I gave $5.45 as tip, and I spent $37.00 ($31.55 + $5.45 = $37.00).

I bought Pad See Ewe, Pad Ki Mao, steamed Thai dumplings, Thai iced tea for my parents, and four waters. I was also going to get Hai Karo soup, but my parents said it was too much, so I canceled the soup.

Now, I have zero savings. Either I had made a mistake in one of my calculations, or I had lost some money. According to my previous calculations, I should have $41.97, but I had only $36.97. I learnt from this that you should make sure everything is correct before you spend the money.

While ordering the food, I felt a mixture of happiness, proudness, and nervousness.”

What Shall We Cook Today – $20 Grocery

We bought a cook book for Kabir, “What Shall We Cook Today” and our aim is to cook all the recipes from this book at least once. The first recipe we tried was in January, when the three boys (Kabir, Arjun and Amit) made sticky toffee pudding for my birthday. They did such a wonderful job. It was absolutely delicious!!! They made me sit in the couch and read a book. They did everything by themselves. I was so tempted to help but they scolded me each time I tried to enter the kitchen or enquired if they need help. They did such an amazing job that I am so proud of all three of them!

After a long gap of two months, we returned to our $20 grocery project where Kabir has to buy grocery under $20 and make dinner for us. This time, he made dinner for 3 adults and 3 kids. We have a lovely lady with a very cute and adorable baby staying with us for this week. Even the toddler loved Kabir’s cooking! This month we chose two recipes from this book for his $20 project: tomato pesto rolls and creamy pea soup. In addition he served us cucumber and tomato salad. He wanted to buy grapes too but he couldn’t afford it and so we had to put it back. We spent $17.20. He bought all the ingredients except oil, spices, 1 egg and flour. The receipt we received from Kroger had printed only half vertically and so, he couldn’t tell the cost of each item he bought. He was disappointed but that’s all right. Adding his previous savings, he has $41.97. I think I’ll ask him to to take us to a restaurant once in the month of April and he will have to order food and pay tip using his savings $41.97. It will be fun.