The Most Requested Meal

Salmon by Luca-A Little Yumminess

Using the ricer

Puttin’ some muscle into it!

It goes in phases, but the most requested meal at Casa Stacie right now is oven roasted salmon and mashed potatoes (and a green veg or salad for good measure). The kids ask for this dinner all the time and so it’s a frequent one on our dinner table. They’ve also asked to learn how to make this meal themselves. So each time we cook this dinner they have been taking on more and more of cooking tasks. They’ve been working on:

  • Lining the sheet tray with foil or parchment paper
  • Seasoning salmon fillets with salt, pepper and olive oil (the “three fingered pinch”, seasoning from high above”)
  • Using a kitchen timer and estimating the cooking time for the salmon based on its thickness
  • Using visual clues to tell whether the salmon is done to our likeness
  • Using a knife to test boiled potatoes for doneness
  • Using a ricer to turn whole (boiled, skin-on) potatoes into mash, and seasoning mashed potatoes
  • Trimming, prepping and seasoning vegetables or salad

…Someday I might convince them to try making a sauce (like this wonderful Swedish mustard-dill sauce), but for now they insist that we keep it simple. I keep reminding myself that a large part of their enthusiasm comes from the empowerment to do it their way.

Here are some things we read or watched along the way:

4 thoughts on “The Most Requested Meal

  1. Love this picture of the kids putting muscle into it. Also love your writing and the way you are empowering and teaching your kids. Wonderful. See you all in June!

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