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Life in New York City has a lot of perks for modern professionals with children: an abundance of family-friendly activities, access to great private preschools (River School, for example), and exposure to some of the most culturally rich experiences a parent could hope for. One of the most common tradeoffs for living here, however, is the notoriously small NYC apartment. Small apartments mean small kitchens, and that means realistically being able to cook with a preschooler is off the table… Right? Only if you say so!
Okay, okay… I can tell you’re rolling your eyes. Before you decide I’m off of my rocker, dear reader, consider this; For three years, I taught cooking classes to children, ages 2-5 years, in a small, multi-purpose art room. My classes had up to thirteen children at a time. We cooked with a portable electric burner, a toaster oven, and a microwave. The kids loved every minute of it and I am so grateful I got to teach those classes, in spite of the small space!
Okay, but then how do you realistically cook with a young child in a small, NYC kitchen?:
This week, try out this small apartment-friendly recipe for microwaveable mug cakes. This one isn’t mine, but it’s too good not to share!
Mixed Berry Microwave Cobbler
(This recipe comes directly from www.MommyPoppins.com)
You can use any berries you like for this, fresh or defrosted frozen. Fill mug about halfway with chopped berries and sprinkle with a tablespoons sugar or to taste. In a bowl mix 1/3 cup self-rising flour, a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of milk to form crust. Top the berries with your crust, sprinkle a little sugar on top and microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Let cool before eating. Add ice cream or whipped cream for extra yumminess.
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