Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Little Chef

A few mornings ago, I was changing Oliver in the bedroom. Isaiah came up to me and asked for some juice ("eeeeuuuu!"), so I told him to get his cup out of the fridge. Moments later, I hear the refrigerator door open and shut, so I assumed that he found it. (He's constantly drinking, so I try to make sure I have a full sippy in the fridge, ready to go, for him to help himself. )

Not more than 5 minutes later, after getting Ollie dressed, I walked in the kitchen to find Isaiah trying to open the oven door. A brief look around, and I quickly realized what was going on. Apparently, he was hungry and didn't want to wait for me. He had taken a can of biscuits out of the fridge, somehow managed to open the can (there was a tiny plastic play knife on the table?), got a cookie sheet out of the cabinet, lined up all the biscuits in a row, and was going to cook them. o.O

I was stunned! I guess he had watched me make biscuits enough to have the routine memorized. When he noticed me, he very nonchalantly pointed up at the oven knobs, and said "iiiii" (for "light", associating the oven light with it being on).

This isn't the first time he's surprised me by his perceptiveness in the kitchen. Long before he was even 2, he would insist on handing me a cooking utensil from the drawer while I was cooking. And it was always the right one! If I had a pan on the stove, he would give me a spatula, and if I had a pot out, he'd thrust a spoon at me. Not once did I ever ask him for X utensil, or correct him. He just learned by watching me, making notes what I was doing, then started doing it himself.

So, yeah, cooking biscuits (albeit canned) at age 2.5. Not too shabby, uh? Maybe he'll be frying up eggs before his third birthday. ;-)

7 comments:

Patty O. said...

Wow, he's on his way to becoming the next Emeril. I think he is a cooking prodigy!!!

beansntatersmama said...

Awesome!!! When he's five maybe he'll have breakfast ready for you when you get up! Kids always crack me up they know way more than we give them credit for. On the capes do what ever you like just let me know when you're done. Thanks angie

Lindsay said...

ooo such a cute story! Maybe for mother's day he can make you breakfast in bed :-)

Jenn said...

Very sweet! My son loves to cook and has from a young age, starting with easy things and working up to harder meals. I think it's great when boys learn to cook! :0)

Will you be closing your shop with the CPSIA law going into effect? I was just wondering what you thought of it?

Amy said...

It is amazing what they watch, see and learn so very young! Hey, help in the kitchen is always great!

Jen said...

wowza! what a great story!!!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Wow! I agree with Patty! Cooking prodigy to be sure! I'm just finally getting my 9-year-old to make his own bowl of cereal!