With so many food blogs, cookbooks and Pinterest boards, it’s hard to be original with your recipes these days. Fortunately, a group of preschoolers are proving that creativity in the kitchen is still possible.
Twitter user Jordan Adams shared some hilarious and adorable snippets from his nephew Ethan’s pre-K class cookbook, which features recipes the preschoolers had to come up with themselves.
Needless to say, the recipes are ... very imaginative.
“Ethan’s Eggs” curiously doesn’t list eggs as an ingredient, but the recipe does call for pancakes, sugar and Skittles, which can apparently be purchased at Texas Roadhouse. And while the prep time is a full hour, the dish only requires two seconds of actual cooking.
“Ariana’s Macaroni” also calls for some interesting ingredients, including apples, strawberries, toys, a backpack and a doll.
Thankfully, everything only costs about $2 in total.
Ariana’s instructions are also very detailed, noting:
The oven has to be hot like fire…like a candle…like for birthdays. Now you need to tell everyone that its time to leave. And I have to leave because I am going to a party with a swimming pool. My sister says, “Why do you go to the swimming pool?” and I say, “Because I like it.” Now I go home and I am waiting for it not to be hot and then my sister says, “Why do you do that?” it’s because you blow on the macaroni so it wont be hot. You need to wait. Now its done!
The “Joe’s Tacos” recipe takes readers on a journey, as it shifts to a different meal entirely in the instructions.
As the preschooler states repeatedly, he really does not want to make tacos anymore.
First I don’t actually know, I really don’t remember anything. Can I change this to cheesy roll ups? Because they are super easy. There is only 3 stuff you need, white cheese, yellow cheese and tortilla. I don’t even want to make tacos anymore. I don’t even know how. It is too hard to think about tacos. But I can make cheesy roll ups. They are super easy. They come from Taco Bell. I need yellow cheese and I don’t know where to buy the white cheese. I don’t know how to make tacos. Cheesy roll ups are better because I know how to make them. Let me think…one time I made candy and it turned brown. I don’t want tacos anymore. I like them, but I love cheesy roll ups more. I don’t like beans because they make me throw up. My mom made me eat a burrito one time with beans and I threw up. Wait…I know how to make watermelon it is easy…just buy the watermelon and eat it.
And then of course there’s “Sebastian’s Pancakes,” which contains only one ingredient: salt. Sebastian also included an important reminder about dishes.
Adams told HuffPost he came across the cookbook at his sister’s house earlier this month. Ethan’s class had compiled the recipes as a Mother’s Day gift project, and each child brought one home.
“When I started to read it, I just started to laugh at how silly some of the recipes were. I thought to myself, ‘Damn this is some comedy gold,’” Adams recalled. “Like, only kids could think of these responses.”
The proud uncle said his personal favorite is, of course, Ethan’s egg recipe.
Adams’ tweet received nearly 180,000 likes and more than 73,000 retweets. He told HuffPost he wants the kids’ creativity to bring joy to others.
“All I hope is that people smile after reading this. Kids are just so funny, and their thoughts are so pure that, that is how they come up with such funny and imaginative responses,” he said. “But yeah, overall I just hope people laugh and smile at it and it makes their day a little bit better.”