DS2 did not enjoy making the recipe for letter F. This idea was conceived while we were grocery shopping.
We always visit the fish department and enjoy looking at all the live fish, lobster and crabs. However on this trip DS2 wanted to buy a fish. I explained to him that if we caught a fish and took it out of the tank that it will die. He was undeterred. I was more nervous about the whole affair while he was all excited!
Alhamdulillah we bought a fish. Just a note of caution, the people in the store actually smack the fish with some mallet type gadget to instantly kill it. This was done behind the tank, DS2 did not see it. I did not know this as this was my first ever time buying a live fish. I feel that this should not be the case.
For the next entire day my two little ones often visited the fish at the refrigerator, examined it, marvelled at its skin, eyes etc. F for fish became a delightful chant 🙂
DS2 had very little to do in the preparation of the recipe except for rubbing on the marinate onto the fish and watching it being baked in the oven. I have to say, he enjoyed the whole experience much, much more than the Fig Cake recipe. Sometimes I want to teach my children, but Allah uses them to teach me. In this case, DS2 got to be excited about the ingredient or the process of making the recipe to enjoy the experience and subsequently learn from it! Lesson learnt Alhamdulillah.
I also took this opportunity to explain to him at his level that we need not slaughter the fish to make it halal for us to it. Insha-Allah I hope this experience will serve as a foundation in teaching him the basics of halal and haram food.
Alhamdulillah our ikan bakar kicap (grilled soya sauce fish).