My absolute favourite crop this year, though, has to be our rhubarb. It hasn’t exactly thrived and I haven’t done much to help it along, we’ve only been in this house a few months, but we had enough for me to just about call it a crop!
Aeryn very carefully helped me to collect and cut the leaves off of the stems. Her knife skills are really improving. I think from the concentration she mustered, she knew that this was a big moment of trust, being given a knife.
Gentle parenting has helped me build a rapport and trust where I know her inside out and really feel confident that she can do these risky tasks, even at 17 months. We both know that I am right there to help if needed, but she didn’t need me at all and I was so happy I was able to sit back and let her have that moment of achievement and pride in herself, without taking over, interfering or assuming she was too young to try.
We put our fresh rhubarb in a pie dish with some defrosted rhubarb from my father in law’s crop last year we’ve been saving. I should have drained more of the water away, looking at the photo now!
Aeryn had the BEST time helping me to make the crumble. She loves sensory play, so the interplay of the dry flour and soft baking block (dairy free butter alternative) was right up her street!
Doesn’t it look gorgeous?!
Going from in the ground to baking in the oven in one afternoon was the BEST way to enjoy our rhubarb! Teaching Aeryn where our food comes from is really important to me. We can care for the planet even more when we understand just how much it actually does for us!
Plus we got to play indoors, outdoors, in nature, with tools, do sensory play and bake in one day?! And they say kids need to go to nursery to learn things…