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Hello Children!!! This week we are going to learn how to cook!

I know you all love jollof rice, dodo, fried chicken, cake and ice cream amongst other yummy dishes mummy makes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But have you ever wondered how flour turns into cake? Or why chicken tastes so great? Or how mummy knows exactly when the food is cooked and ready to be served on your plates?

Spending time with mummy in the kitchen is a great way to find out how the food you eat is prepared. Not only will you be learning how to make tasty meals like mummy but also you will be making family memories as you learn about new meals that you too can teach your children, when you become adults.

You can start learning how to cook by helping mummy:

  1. Write the shopping list when told the ingredients needed to make a meal
  2. Wash the fruits and vegetables
  3. Measure cups for solid and liquid ingredients
  4. Blend tomatoes and peppers
  5. Clean up the kitchen after cooking

Here is a recipe you can try and make at home with mummy. It is my favourite snack. It is called AKARA (Bean Balls). It is very easy to make.

All you need are:

  • A Cup of beans
  • 1 medium sized onion (sliced)
  • 3 fresh bell peppers
  • Warm water for mixing
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare akara

Soak beans for 5 minutes and wash to remove the skin. Pour washed beans in a blender, adding the sliced onion, and pepper, then blend till smooth. Pour content from blender into a large bowl and season with salt. Then mix seasoned content with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes till it feels light (add warm water to lighten it, if it is too thick). Heat oil in a fry pan until a blue faint smoke appears spoon the mixture into the oil to form balls and fry until golden brown. Drain on a kitchen tissue paper. Serve hot with ogi (pap) or bread or custard.

Easy and yummy, isn’t it? Why not try making Akara at home with mummy or daddy and let us know how well you did at it by commenting.

KIDS TOO CAN COOK AND LEARNING IS THE SECRET INGREDIENT!

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