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Cookbook featuring Local Kids in the Kitchen a Hit

By Guest Blogger Nancy Silcox

 

 

Who would have thunk it? A cookbook, featuring local kids whipping up their favourite recipes becoming a  Waterloo Region, Christmas season best seller?

Not so far-fetched as it seems, at least according to David Worsley, co-owner of Words Worth books in downtown Waterloo.

“The Giller Prize winner (Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square)  and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls sold very well over the season,” says Worsley. “But Kids in the Kitchen: 80 Recipes by Kids, to Kids, for Kids came in a close third.”

Photographed with love and imagination by Kitchener’s Jennie Wiebe and New Hamburg’s Elisabeth Feryn, the book features over 80 kids, aged two years to nineteen in the kitchen creating their favourite recipes.

Ranging from breakfast fare, such as Baked Ham in Egg Cups to after-school snacks such as granola Bars; from soups and salads to favourite main courses like Mini-Personal Pizzas, the book was the brainchild of local writer Nancy Silcox.

“The book started out as a little fun project that I could do with my three granddaughters,” says Silcox. “Then it grew and grew as people asked if their kids could take part.”

Silcox was delighted with the response and had only one ground rule for the participants. “The recipes had to be kids’ favourites. No adults involved.”

Over 80 favourite recipes included kid “easy-makes” such as “Dead Easy Peanut Butter Cookies” and “Chicken Noodle Soup for Picky Eaters.” More time intensive dishes like “Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs” and “Chewy Chocolate Celebration Cake” also made their way onto the book’s 189 pages.

Aiming for an international feel too, Silcox invited kids outside Canada to join in. From Italy came Spaghetti Carbonara; from Uganda came Juma’s Samosas and from Columbia,  Arroz de Leche (Rice Pudding.)

Food sensitivities were considered too in Silcox’s book. Waterloo Region Councillor Jane Mitchell’s grandchildren Mary and Robert made for “Kids in the Kitchen” Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes. Clarissa’s Tuna Surprize and other pasta dishes are easily adaptable with rice noodles

With the recipes pouring into Silcox’s computer came food riddles: “what’s the only type of bean that doesn’t grow in the garden? A jelly bean;” food jokes “why did the tomato blush? Because it saw the salad dressing” and colourful art work.

Paired with Wiebe and Feryn’s top-notch photography, by the time the book was complete, 90 recipes and dozens of full-colour “extras”  were showcased.

Launched at the Baden Hotel on October 1 with a “standing room only” crowd in attendance, “Kids in the Kitchen” was an immediate hit.

“I’m guessing that hundreds of the books were opened on Christmas Day,” says Silcox.

As the New Year of 2018 opens, the little book that grew and grew keeps on giving.  All sales of the book are passed on to two local charities: Nutrition for Learning and Dreamshare for Uganda. Close to $15,000 has been raised for these charities to this point.

Copies of “Kids in the Kitchen” are available at Words Worth Book in Waterloo. “But don’t wait too long,” laughs Silcox. “They have a habit of disappearing quickly.”

 

Should cars stop for pedestrians?

On my way home from the region in my car today, I had to stop on Albert St. for several university students standing in the middle of the road. The traffic was stopped while a line of summer camp kids crossed the road and headed to the park. The university students were their counsellors.

Presently in Ontario, those councillors were disobeying the Highway Traffic Act because pedestrians do not have the right of way like they do in many other jurisdictions.

But Albert St. is so busy, they would not have been able to get the kids safely across the street or across the street at all if they had to wait for traffic to clear. They could, of course, gone to the pedestrian light a little further up the road.

This was an interesting moment for me as I had just finished a conversation with one of our planners who is on a provincial committee looking into making our province safer for pedestrians. Right now pedestrains have the right of way at roundabouts only and cars must stop for them.

The provincial committee is suggesting changing the traffic act so pedestrians always have the right-of-way. So the campers would be legal.

I wonder what it would do to jaywalking by-laws? Make them redundant, I guess.  In Waterloo, I can cross the street in downtown Waterloo  in mid-block without getting a ticket but in Kitchener, I would get a ticket.

Studies of pedestrians note that they tend to move in a diagonal pattern from store to store if say they are in a mall or on a quiet street.  Does the fact that I can cross mid-block in Waterloo while dodging traffic (though many politely stop) create another reason why Waterloo’s Uptown is healthier than downtown Kitchener?