It will not come as a shock to hear that the team at Food To Love are huge supporters of a hearty, home-cooked meal, especially when it’s shared among loved ones.
Naturally, we were devastated to discover that families are spending less and less time in the kitchen.
In a survey conducted by Westinghouse, us Aussies confirmed that cooking from scratch is experiencing a huge downfall, with only 26 per cent of parents today donning their aprons on a regular basis.
Compare this to the 53 per cent of home-cookers of the previous generation and you’ll understand why kitchen skills are on the decline in our young ones.
This no-cook trend undoubtably stems from our hectic lives. It’s now common for both parents to work full-time jobs, often bringing their work home too and cooking seems to be the aspect of home life that’s taking the hit.
According to the survey, 30 per cent of parents have never shared any family cooking traditions, tips or recipes with their kids.
But passing on skills and traditions is crucial to keeping cooking alive. Our favourite chefs didn’t just pick up their talents from thin air, they were often nurtured by family from a young age.
This is where MasterChef winner and one of Australia’s favourite home cooks, Julie Goodwin, comes in.
She’s teaming up with Westinghouse to encourage people to make cooking a family affair again.
“Cooking is one of the greatest life skills that you can teach and share with your children,” Julie says.
“It helps set them up for life as well as providing a wonderful time for the family to spend together.”
To make it easy, Julie has created a free downloadable Kids in the Kitchen booklet, featuring 12 tasty recipes from breakfast through to desserts.
Julie has even included tips on the most appropriate parts of each recipe for children to contribute to.
“Teaching your kids to slow down and cook with time, patience and love will end in a beautiful product being served up, which the family can sit around and enjoy,” says Julie.
For more of Julie Goodwin's best recipes, check out the links below.