Yesterday morning, Sean decided that we should make muffins for breakfast. I told him I thought that was a great idea and that he should do that; he should make us some muffins.
Sean has been my sous chef since he was old enough to stand upright on his own. I love having him in the kitchen with me. It always seemed easier to me to give him something to stir or maul with a dull knife than to run him off or park him in front of the TV. Sure, early on it was a bit of trouble and mess, but now it’s paying dividends. He’s grown into a good helper in the kitchen and cooking is what we do together.
So yesterday morning, I got a package of muffin mix out of the pantry while he grabbed a mixing bowl and a big spoon and climbed up on his stool to reach the counter. I handed him the mix and the half cup of milk that the package called for and told him to go to town, let there be muffins. I pre-heated the oven while he mixed it all up satisfactorily and filled the muffin tins. I popped it all in the oven and then we waited.
While we were waiting he asked me if he could lick the bowl. Since no raw eggs were involved, I didn’t see why not, so I said sure, lick the bowl.
I sat down at my desk in the kitchen to check my email and when I turned to check the timer on the oven, I saw a skinny little pajama-clad boy standing on a stool in my kitchen with his entire head in the bowl. He was licking the bowl. I guess I sort of assumed that he would lick the bowl with his fingers or the spoon, but instead he opted for the more direct route.
“Dude!” I laughed, “What are you doing?”
When he pulled the bowl away from his face, he had muffin mix on his chin, on his nose, across his forehead and in his hair.
“What?” he asked. “I’m licking the bowl!”
I couldn’t think of one thing to say, so I just looked at him and tried to memorize the image of my boy chef with muffin mix on his face and in his hair.
And I thought, if I could capture these golden delicious days, I’d put them in a bowl and then I’d stick my head in and lick it clean.
Cooking at Cousin Judy’s in 2007