Cooking with Kids – Pita Chips

August 31, 2010

cooking with kids Pita Chips

If Quatro sleeps in the morning I attempt to take advantage of the ‘un-baby’ time to get on top of housey kind of things. If I am organised I do the laundry and cook dinner (or at least make a start) and maybe sneak in a little baking.

This all sounds blissfully domestic, but it’s not exactly all monogrammed wooden spoons and frilly aprons. You see I have this other child… A sadly neglected three year old middle boy child, and he desperately wants someone to play with him. If I leave to his own devices while I get on with things he’s been known to seek out a play mate by waking the sleeping baby, or worse, destroying something in the girl’s room. So rather than picking up the pieces afterwards I find it much easier to be proactive and find ways that he can ‘play’ with me. Lucky for me he still thinks cooking and cleaning are fun!

So today we got dinner going and put on a load of laundry but there isn’t many ways he can help with those things, so we made Pita Chips.

Pita Chips have to be one of the easiest, yummiest, ‘use up your left overs’, treat in the world, and there is lots of things little hands can do to help.

I used the pizza roller to cut up the pita bread into ‘chip-ish’ shapes (the girls are able to do this safely without help, but Muski can’t quite manage to keep his fingers out of the way of the sharp bits yet) and Muski put them on the trays. It’s kind of like fitting together a pita puzzle, trying to get the chips on the tray with as little space between them as possible but no over laps!

Then I gave them a quick spray with olive oil and we sprinkled them with salt and some mixed herbs and baked them in a low oven (about 100C) until they were nice and crispy (takes about 10 minutes, maybe less, maybe more, keep your eye on them).

And that’s it…. now you have a bowl full of yummy crunchy herby chips, and a happy boy!

cooking with kids Pita Chips

For more easy things to cook with kids you can check out my guest post at Childhood101. We’re also joining in with We Play this week – so head on over and see what everyone else has been playing!

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Kelly Be A Fun Mum September 1, 2010 at 7:10 am

Oh YUM! Love this idea Kate.

maryanne September 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

Great activity! I love simple ideas like this!

amandab September 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I have several bags of mini pitas in the freezer left over from oer supplying a pizza lunch (Hi Leechbabe! I think you were there! :) ), so I just may be able to make these some time in the next week :)

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa September 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

Ahh, nap time. Code word for Mommies, “How much stuff can I get done!” And sadly the answer is usually, “not enough!” Well there’s always tomorrow to try again.

Martianne September 2, 2010 at 4:34 am

I wish I had a naptime to get things done during. My 4 year old gave up naps at 18 mos. My 3 year old recently did and my baby constantly gets awakened by the older two. So, it is a struggle to even dream of frilly aprons or a somewhat tidy home. Someday… Until then, like you, cooking and working together – as well as play are the norm.

Marita September 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That is a clever idea. So Simple and easy to execute.

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