Lara and I seem to spend increasing amounts of time together in the kitchen. Even if I am preparing an adult-only dish (something I do very rarely, even with a baby in the house) Lara likes to help me chop, measure, stir and fry.
Our latest discover is the Great British Chefs website who have an entire section of kids recipes, or for kids. The 100+ family-friendly recipes are all contributed by some of the biggest names in UK gastronomy with the likes of Galton Blackiston, Shaun Rankin and Nathan Outlaw.
Lara and I liked the look of a LOT of the recipes on the Great British Chefs website but our first challenge was a recipe by Matthew Tomkinson for Bacon Stuffed Spuds.
I won't divulge the entire recipe here but let me give you an idea of the ingredients:-
4 baking potatoes, large
1 large onion, very finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, very finely sliced
4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
1 red pepper, diced
1 head of broccoli
100g of mature cheddar
2 tbsp of olive oil
3 pinches of salt
1 pinch of black pepper
This recipe was a good starting point for Lara because it required few complex skills other than chopping, grating and mashing. The recipe was easy to follow and all of the measurements seemed to work well for us. Lara doesn't eat leek so we replaced the garnish with a sprinkling of flat-leaf parsley. Lara, Holly, Mr. B. and myself all very much enjoyed the potatoes and agreed that we will DEFINITELY be cooking this recipe again in the future.
If you can get past the over-Tesco-fication of the Great British Chefs website, it is a wonderful resource for recipes for children that are much more grown-up than many I've seen before. To me, cooking with my girls isn't just about cakes and biscuits but about passing on real skills and sharing a love of healthy, tasty food.