We're big food people in our family. We are total Food Network junkies, even the kids, and all of us like to cook, bake, grill, you name it. Whenever I start cooking in the kitchen, the kids will stop playing and come to check it out. Then they'll ask if they can help, and I always let them do something.
Occasionally, I will get out some cookbooks and hand them to the kids, asking them to pick a recipe they want to make. They love doing this, especially because it means they can help cook. So, the other day, Oldest picked up a Mexican cookbook and started flipping through it. He stopped when he came to a picture of regular tomato salsa.
Oldest: What's this?
Me: That's salsa. You can eat that with tortilla chips.
Oldest: (grinning big) Really? Can we make some? (tortilla chips are his absolute favorite snack)
Me: (laughing) Sure.
I chopped up some tomatoes, and then I got out the green onions (I prefer the way they taste to regular onions) and started slicing them into tiny circles. The boys were watching the whole time, of course. Then Oldest pointed to the white part of a green onion and ask a surprising question.
Oldest: Do you have to cook that first or can you eat it like that?
Me: Well, you can eat it that way, but it's got a really strong flavor.
Oldest: Is it spicy?
Me: Yeah, kinda. But really it's just a very strong flavor. You may not like it.
Oldest: Can I try it anyway?
Me: Sure, if you want. But just a small piece.
I pulled the tiny rings apart and gave him the smallest one. He put it in his mouth and bit down once. Then his eyes got as round a saucers and he sprinted to the fridge. He pulled out his glass of milk and sucked the whole thing down, then he turned back to me, panting.
Oldest: Wow, that was too strong!
Me: (trying not to laugh) Yes, it's very strong. But I think it's great you tried it.
For the record, he still tried the salsa and liked it, though he didn't like the cilantro I added to it. So he asked me to leave that out next time. :)