Cooking to improve concentration 2 - microwave cooking | concentration | planning | menu writing

Day two of grandson cooking for the family. Today when I asked him what he wanted for breakfast, he said omelette. Now I can't make a decent omelette, that has always been the job of his grandad. But now my husband is unable to stand for very long due to his illness, I thought this would be a good opportunity for my grandson to make his own.

Now there is no way my grandson is ready for cooking on the stove yet, so the next best thing was to use the microwave. Much safer, even though we still have to remind him to be very careful about the bowl when it comes out because it might be hot.

I found him a small plastic bowl which is meant for the microwave. I haven't used it for ages, so I didn't mind when he claimed it to put in HIS cooking drawer.

Now I have not made a omelette in the microwave since I first had a microwave. Then, of course, I tried to cook everything in it. From what I remember they didn't taste too bad. And this was going to be a much safer way for my grandson to cook himself breakfast.

First he buttered the bowl. He enjoyed this bit. Well of course he would. It's all hand's on.

Next, cracking 2 eggs. I cracked the eggs into the cup for him. He still

doesn't want to crack then on his own. But he does enjoy mixing them.

Then he poured the eggs into the plastic bowl.

He grated some cheese and added that into the egg mixture.

He was really concentrating on the task at hand. I was so pleased at his listening skills.

I asked if he wanted to add anything else like tomatoes. No, just cheese he said.

Now for the exciting bit. For the first time he was allowed to use the microwave on his own. After putting the bowl in and shutting the door, I asked him to set the time for 1 minute. Very carefully he turned the dial until he reached the correct time. He was so pleased with himself.

Then he tipped the finished omelette onto the plate.

Of course he had to add more cheese - there was some left in the cheese grater.

He was so pleased with himself.

Full concentration throughout.

For lunch he wanted to make sausage rolls and some chips.

I asked him to write out a menu again for his grandad. Then his grandad said he wanted beans with his. He went away and added the word beans to his menu.

He has a lot of trouble with pencil control, so any chance we get for him to practise his writing skills we encourage.

The sausage rolls he has made before with shop brought puff pastry.

He split the skins off some sausages and took the skins off, then put the sausage meat into a bowl. He next added a couple of pinches of mixed herbs.

Then he had fun rolling out the pastry.

For the chips we used frozen ones, and he just had to lay them out on a baking tray and spray them with oil.

The beans he put in his microwave bowl, and for the second time today he would be able to use the microwave to cook the beans.

I put the sausage rolls and the chips into the oven, and when they were almost cooked, he was allowed to cook the beans.

All in all this was another good day. A lot of learning again today, including planning, writing, spelling motor skills - and the biggest thing - concentration.

He is already thinking about what he wants to cook tomorrow. He said he wants to make fish fingers. I've just checked and I do have some fish in the freezer, so we will be making home-made fish fingers.

Let's see how he get on with that.

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