When TV star Misha Collins and his wife, journalist and historian Vicki’s son West was a toddler, he began refusing anything that wasn’t bland and beige. You know the drill Chicken nuggets. Hot dogs. Macaroni and cheese. At first, they succumbed – anything to end the mealtime battles. But they realised fruit snacks and buttered noodles weren’t just void of nutrition, they were setting him up for a lifetime with a limited palate and a reliance on convenience foods.
So, as a family, they decided to lean into what they love best adventure and invited their kids to be playful and exploratory in the kitchen. And, the proof is in the publication of their new book The Adventurous Eaters Club.
Misha and Vicki share how they created a home where mealtime doesn’t involve coercion or trickery, and where salad, veggies, fresh soups, and fruit are the main course. Combining personal anecdotes and practical tips with over 100 creative and delicious recipes little hands can help prepare they show families how to all be mealtime adventurers and help kids have a lifelong relationship with real food.
Here we are sharing their recipe for Ginger Spice Cookies:
“Misha’s aunt used to make these when he was a kid, and we’ve found that her recipe is an ideal way to explore ginger, which our kids usually find off-puttingly strong. We use three different types of ginger here—pow- dered, fresh, and candied. This cookie was West’s first foray into gin- ger . . . he said he felt like the cookie bit his tongue, but he kept eating. Now when he tastes ginger in a dish, he doesn’t run shrieking from the table. Baby steps.”
- all-purpose flour 3 cups
- baking soda 1 teaspoon
- sea salt 1 teaspoon
- powdered ginger 1⁄4 cup
- butter, at room temperature 1 cup (2 sticks)
- granulated sugar 1 cup
- firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup
- Eggs 2
- vanilla extract 1 tablespoon
- grated fresh ginger 1⁄4 cup
- chopped candied ginger 1⁄4 cup
- Turbinado sugar for rolling