Last night I made colcannon for the first time. It would have been a lot nicer if the cabbage had been a little less crunchy, but I'll know next time. Bear helped me by reading out the recipe. I have accidentally started something.
Bear looked carefully at the beginning of beginning of the book. He has a thorough, logical mind. Then he found a recipe for creamy sweetcorn soup. He thought it sounded wonderful. DH very, very kindly agreed to 'help' bear make it. So in today's delivery I shall be getting ingredients for the creamy sweetcorn soup.
There are some downsides. The soup will have to be for lunch as the dinners for the next few days is already sketched in, including stuff that is on the delivery from the Market that I can't alter. I will have to excavate the kitchen so that all is ready for bear to cook. I had today marked for other things. I will have to find the hand blender. I am also a bit nervous as I couldn't get the fresh chives that is required for the garnish, nor could I get the right sort of ham to chop for garnish. I am not sure how bear's literal view on life will cope with substitutions. I couldn't find an exact amount for the sweetcorn either.
On the bright side, bear will be learning to cook - thankfully from a less expensive cookbook. Thinking about it, I don't have many more expensive cookbooks, they all tend to be about cheap food. This one is potato recipes and has a lot of healthy food in. So far bear has read three recipes and thinks that they all sound delicious. He wants to make them all. I can't remember much of my own cookery lessons, but never brought home anything edible. I hope that bear will be learning about 'real' cookery. I can try budgeting and shopping in there as well. And it's a great incentive for me to keep the kitchen clear. That is, if this phase lasts any length of time. I hope it does, I think it will be great fun!