Kids in the Kitchen

One of my summer goals is to teach each of my children cooking skills.

James loves mixing up cookies, cake, bread dough, etc. The other day he helped me make tortilla shells.

Each child is assigned making supper one night per week. The other night Ben, with my assistance, made chicken fingers. He didn't like the hot oil spatter but he did an excellent job on the meal. He also recently made shoyu chicken - the recipe is listed below, along with a bread stick recipe and a tuna boat recipe which is a family favourite!

Kirsten and her friend, Joy, recently made delicious chocolate chip cookies.

James and his friends Whit and Sojo recently made fun-shaped breadsticks with the help of Mikayla!


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup olive oil or melted butter
3/4 cup milk
Mix together well. Pull small egg size pieces of dough and roll into breadstick form.
Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 - 18 minutes at 425 degrees fahrenheit.
Brush with additional melted butter that has 2 garlic cloves crushed into it. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Manila Guest House Tuna Boats

1 cup grated cheese
1 can tuna
2 hard boiled eggs
2 T chopped onion
2 T pickle relish
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Line muffin tins with slices of buttered bread. Put tuna mixture in each bread. Bake in oven 5 - 10 minutes until edges of bread are browned and mixture warmed.
Makes 12.

Shoyu Chicken

1 ½ cups sugar (white or brown or ¾ cup each)
1 ½ cups soy sauce
4 ½ cups water
1 inch of grated ginger root or 1 tsp powdered ginger
3 garlic cloves pressed
¼ cup lemon or kalamansi juice

Place above ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add cut up chicken.
Bring to boil again and cook for 45 minutes.

Serve with fresh, hot rice.