Greedily shoveling handful after handful of guacamole into his mouth, Beluga’s tiny teeth bit down on a stray bit of jalapeno. He looked at me like I had tricked him. “Wwwaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” And, *snap*, my guacamole glutton became wary of his favorite food. If I’ve learned anything about cooking with my kids, it’s that if they make the food, they eat the food. So today Beluga graduates from kitchen assistant/provacateur and gets a chance to mash his own guacamole.
Classic recipes call for: 1 avocado, the juice from 1 lime, a dash of salt, chopped tomato and onion, cilantro and parsley.
I cut open the avocado, hand half to Beluga and scoop the other half into a mortar. Beluga chews on the avocado skin for a minute while I show him how to mash the avocado with the pestle. He eagerly takes over.
Mingus wakes from his nap early and gets a whiff that he’s missing out on fun. I distract him for a minute – until Beluga can finish mashing the avocado – by asking him to don his chef costume. Mingus’ job is to ream the lime and squeeze its juice into the mortar.
It’s hard work for a two year old, whose hands are barely strong enough, but he’s vying with his brother for the lime. Soon, he declares “I like to ream!” When Beluga wants a turn, I offer Mingus his favorite activity: cutting. Turns out his plastic scissors can tear – if not exactly slice – the delicate leaves of cilantro and parsley.
Meanwhile, I notice Beluga happily gorging on the not-yet-complete guacamole. Mingus tracks my eyes and comes to the same conclusion: unless he stops what he’s doing, there will be zero guacamole left to eat. So, he plunks himself down on the floor and – before we can call it done – there is nothing left in the bowl.
Who’s jealous now? Me! I carve out a second avocado, juice a lime (this time with Beluga’s help) throw in the onion and herbs, add a little salt and Yummy!. I’m looking for chips…
After several rounds of Yummy Guacamole, my kids have decided the following recipe suits their taste and patience.
1 Ripe Avocado
Using a table knife, cut the avocado in half and poke out the seed. Then, using a large spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocado with the spoon, a pestle, or just let your kid use their fingers. Cut the lemon in half, remove any visible seeds, and squeeze it over the smashed avocado. Stir together. Eat:)