For Filipinos, preparing a meal is a time to gather around the kitchen to help each other cook, and catch up on the day’s events.
This is also the children’s first introduction to cooking. It has been said that when young children participate in food preparation, they will more likely eat and enjoy the home-cooked meal.
My very first job in the kitchen was setting the table. When I was old enough to hold a knife, I graduated to prepping the food. After I’ve learned the secret recipes and the shortcuts from my parents, I became the head chef. By this time I didn’t have to cook a lot, I was only cooking for me, my parents, a couple of siblings, and sometimes, a guest or two.
Preparing a meal requires everyone’s help.
My children set the table.
My husband does the dishes.
It is a project in which everyone in the family participates.
Here’s a refresher on how to set the table: