How to wrap tamales for Cinco de Mayo!

Sous Chef got an honor to take a part to cooking session for Cinco de Mayo in our elementary school in Berkeley. The Parents Association organized the whole thing together with the active members from Latin American parent community. The dish to prepare was tamales with three fillings.
        The funniest thing in the session was that it was like a social meeting of twenty grown up Sous Chefs and couple of kids. The fillings were made in advance. The bunch of parents and kids were organized to assembly line where one sous chef did one task and give the tamale to the next one. It was fun but not as easy as it looked like. For a Finnish daughter and father the stickier than sticky stuff called masa was not too easy to handle. But we survived!
        If you have good tamale filling recipes, please share them with us and our readers. Write your recipe to the comment field of this post. We would love to try and test them together, and to “souschefcook” them to family version and share them back in the Recipes section of our blog. Por favor!

Fail no more! Get tortillas right

Tortilla-4230Our Twitter follower posted a comment that he can’t get the corn tortillas right. Sous Chef Cooking took Rick F’s comment as a challenge.

Fortunately for him and us we had just finished with testing a great corn tortilla recipe for our second cookbook.

Try it and comment please. What do you think? We find them tasty and easy but exiting to prepare. Our both kids run howling to the kitchen every time I mention the word “tortilla”. This recipe is the reason why. They just love to cook these flat things.



Hot or not?

Garlic-chili-oil-3169When cooking with the kids it’s always a good idea to measure the amount of chili in food by the taste of the most sensitive eater. It still doesn’t mean that you have to give up spicy food on your plate.

Our Garlic Chili Oil is a perfect combination of hotness and the aroma of toasted garlic to season your Dhal and other exotic dishes. This accompaniment is better to prepare it without the young Sous Chef, just for safety.

Taste our seasoning recipe to spice up your dish, and tell us how do you like it.
A) It’s Hot
B) It’s Not
C) Sore mouth… ouch!

Peace and love

Maija & Miikka & The Sous Chefs

Try our Zucchini soup together with your kids

Sous-Chef-Cooking-1019Creamy, green and delicious Zucchini soup. Does it sound good to you?  Try this recipe by Sous Chef Cooking with you kids. It’s easy and fun to make, and a good recipe to start cooking  with your children.
Our instructions are clear and simple, and it doesn’t take too long to make this.

Just go for it ― and have a happy weekend!

Maija, Miikka & The Sous Chefs

Sous Chef’s delicious Dhal

Dhal-3164Sous Chef Cooking published a new recipe. Our Dhal is an Indian classic vegan dish made of red lentils, tomatoes, spices and lots of delicious garlic.

You better believe us that even the most notorious picky eaters love garlic! We have tested this more than often and found out that when garlic is well cooked and added in the right amounts to flavor the food, it makes a delicious dish even better.

If you love Indian classics, try our Dhal. If  you don’t, for any reason, give it one try and get ready to fall in love!

With kisses

Maija, Miikka & The Sous Chefs

Welcome to our blog!


We are the parents of two kids (9 and 4), and we love good food. That’s why we have cheated our kids to cook with us. After seeing so much fuss around eating in families with small children, we decided to take our firstborn along to the kitchen as soon as she could stand on the chair. (Actually, already when she could sit on the kitchen floor.)

Well… that was easy, because she was an open-minded gourmand as soon as she got to taste something else than milk. Instead of that, at the same age our second child happened to be the most pickiest eater we knew. Or at least it felt like that.

Luckily, with our daughter we had developed our own practice of cooking together. So we took our mac&cheese guy to kitchen as well. It has definitely been a longer road than with his sister, but we are happy to tell, he is quite a gourmand himself as well and eats almost everything he has cooked with us.

We came from Finland to Berkeley, CA, to study for a one year. So please, excuse us our written English. Our native language is Finnish. We would still love to blog with our best English while we are here. California has given us so much inspiration with cooking as well as things to marvel at. We are planning write overall about food, about cooking with kids and giving some recipes of course.

So welcome, great to have you here! We are more than happy of you feedback.

Maija & Miikka