What's Cooking with YOUR Kids: 11 Year Old Emery's Cravings + Musings

Bacon, Lettuce, and Avocado Wrap, By Emery

Emery with his BLAM

Emery with his BLAM

I am an 11-year-old from California. If you read my mother’s blog, In Erika’s Kitchen, you might have seen a few of my recipes. The kitchen is where I go to have some “alone time” with my mom (and, of course, to cook, one of my favorite pastimes). I have been cooking since I was a toddler, but cooking has really become a significant part of my life over the past two or three years. And let’s get something straight right now: when I have a craving, I have a craving.

Well, today I was just sitting around relaxing, when a sudden pang of hunger came over me. I wasn’t in the mood for something warm, so I decided that I was craving a BLT. However, I do not really like tomatoes. I remembered the fantastic BLTAA (the last two A’s are for avocado and aïoli) I once had at Sauce on Hampton in Venice Beach. So I decided, why not take out the tomato and replace the aïoli with mayo to create a BLAM?
So, ultimately, my mom took out all of the ingredients and said, “You’re on your own.” I spread some mayo on a flour tortilla, sprinkled some crumbled bacon on it, took the avocado out of the skin and realized that I had made a dire mistake: I had taken the pit out and put it in the trash, therefore meaning that if I didn’t use the whole avocado, the other half wouldn’t keep. So, in the end, I ended up putting twice the amount of avocado mentioned here into the tortilla. Anyway, after that, I cut a bit of Romaine lettuce with a knife and added that to the mix. Then, it was time for rolling. Due to the excess of avocado, the rolling was a bit of a challenge, but eventually, with a bit of determination (and a little help from my mom) I managed to roll it up. And let me tell you, it was worth the work.
    Emery_Bacon lettuce avocado wrap

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • ½ medium Hass avocado
  • 4 small leaves romaine lettuce, roughly chopped (or one large leaf)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. crumbled, cooked bacon (about 1 slice)
  • 1 Tsp. mayonnaise, or to taste

Take the tortilla and spread the mayo on it. Sprinkle the bacon evenly over the tortilla. Take the avocado and place it on, gently pressing it down with the back of a spoon to ensure that it stays in place. Take the chopped lettuce and place it on top. Roll. Eat.

Do you have kids that like to cook? I would love for them to share a story about their perspective from the kitchen. They can tell a funny story or they can share something they tasted for the first time. Or they can talk about a mishap in the kitchen, and how they dealt with it. Overall, though, our goal is to get parents more excited to cook with their kids. Come play with us in the kitchen.

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3 Responses to What's Cooking with YOUR Kids: 11 Year Old Emery's Cravings + Musings

  1. Ingrid says:

    This looks great too..I might try a little ground turkey too! 🙂

  2. Hilary Cable says:

    Thanks Emery! Now I’m craving a BLAM too! Seriously, it looks delicious.

  3. Celia S. says:

    EMERY IS AMAZING. Never have I seen such an insightful kid who knows exactly what he wants. YOU are my hero, Emery. Keep rockin!

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