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First time cooking

chocolate crepes pancakes

We got our first snow for this year and it always reminds me about my first time cooking. It was long ago and I was just 11 or 12 years old. In the summer break, me my twin sister and our little brother decided to do something nice for our parents: cook something for them.

We started with the dessert because we felt was the easiest part. On a Monday afternoon we embarked on this beautiful experience named cooking with a crepes recipe. Crepes are French pancakes. I learned about American pancakes just a few years back and I showed my mom how to do them.

Imagine 3 kids with aprons, or something almost looking like an apron, preparing crepes. We arranged the table for them, heat the food and start making crepes.

Cooking is a learning process and all the experiments count. That week we did play with making crepes.

In the first day we made the crepes so hard that they were looking like Frisbees. J. Too much flour in the batter.

Second day was the other way around: to soft (less flour in the batter). The third day we got it right. At the end of the week we could flip them in the air taking turns. Not the little one, just me and my sister.

Our parents were so happy, even when they had a scramble crepe or a Frisbee crepe. They encouraged us to try again and gave us advices about the batter. We werenโ€™t disappointed when we failed making the crepes the first time. We learned and moved on.

Next week we went to do some baked carrots in the oven. All together as a family. We had to do the cleaning because our kitchen was a mess after all the experiments in the kitchen. But we had so much fun.

We loved to participate in preparing the sweets because we got to lick the bowl and the spoon at the end. Even now I do the same thing and I am teaching my little boy to lick the bowl and the spoon.

So, go make some crepes or pancakes and lick the bowl and the spoon like you did when you were a child. ย I bet you will remember that feeling.


68 thoughts on “First time cooking

  1. Why would you post this article when I’m stuck here at work unable to do anything about it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, you then proceeded to include pictures. ARGHHH!!!!!!!!
    I love cooking and it’s a great skill to pass on to your kids. Pancakes or crepes are a great, fun, easy way to educate and spend time with your kids and, if the odd want drops on the floor or your head when you’re flipping them…….muh. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Why is technology so slow? How long do we have to wait before we can have a chocolate crepe with Chantilly crรจme emailed to us? Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love your story and you are correct about cooking being a learning process, I remember very clearly learning to make pancakes from my scoutmaster on a sheepherders stove.
    I am going to start making them with my four year old granddaughter until she can make them for me. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for the post, which reminds my first experiences in the kitchen. As a child, I have also started on desserts, I remember a lot of funny experiments, which became legend in the family. And even it was not pleasant to hear through ages again and again about crazy results of my experiments, I feel gratitude to my parents, that I could do it. Thanks to tolerance of my mother I keep love to experiments not only in kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So many memories of cooking pancakes with my grandmother. She was be master at making pancake shapes for us kids. I have tried to keep that tradition going with my kids. Every holiday we make pancakes as a family. Bunnies on Easter, snowmen and Santa around Xmas…. Cars, trucks or anything we can try on a Sunday morning. Thanks for the quick walk down memory lane.

  5. This was a great post. Cooking is most definitely a learning process but it’s one that is so enjoyable too. As you seem to have found on your own. Delicious recipe also. Thank you for posting.

  6. I’m not sure what my first cooking attempt was but I think it was an omelet with a garlicky sausage my parents used to buy. One summer we were babysitting our next door neighbour’s swimming pool while they were away for a couple of weeks and my brother had invited over a friend and they were hungry. My brother came in and asked little sis (ME) if I could make something to feed them.

    I ended up toasting some bread, and making sandwiches out of the omelets for them. With ketchup. They ate them and, of course, like typical teen boys, didn’t exactly give me any positive feedback. But I felt SO proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love pancakes/crepes! The kitchen is where my children and I congregate most times when they are around sharing all sort of experiences. Indeed a learning process not just for experimenting with the food but also for life experiences with one another….I still lick the cake batter out of the bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. It is definitely a learning process. I can’t believe my family were ok with some of the messes I made in the kitchen!

    The first thing I learned to cook was scrambled egg. It’s one of my favorite memories with my Papa and whenever I make it I think of him.

  9. I don’t remember the first time I cooked something on my own, but I was always in the kitchen, working and learning with my grandmothers. When I started my professional training, I learnt to flip pancakes on my very first day, and burnt myself very badly in the process (too much fat in the pan!), but that didn’t stop me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This reminds me of the times I would help my mother bake a cake, then make the frosting. I remember licking the gooey chocolate concoction off the beaters after mixing the frosting with the electric mixer.

  11. First thing I cooked was an omelette (father taught me). It actually didn’t break. When I couldn’t repeat that for years as a teenager I realised the trick is not to use a crappy, sticky pan…

  12. My memories of first cooking experience is me flipping dosas on a pan and deep frying pappadam along with my grandma. She is no more now, but her memories stay with me.

    Your post inspired me to write a post along the same lines “”

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