Casey's glazed chicken with corn & chilli relish (page 50)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the Worcestershire sauce into a cold pan.
  • Measure the tomato juice into a cold pan.
  • Measure the marmalade into a cold pan. 
  • Peel the garlic, Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin.  
  • Open the tin with as much supervision as they need. (Jake started doing this at 4 years 6 months.) 
  • Measure the extra virgin olive oil. 
  • Zest the lime. (Do this together quite a few times and always supervise.) 
  • Squeeze the lime. (Explain to kids why they need to steer clear of any cuts or nicks on their fingers.) 
  • Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and dry them.
  • Pick the coriander leaves from their stalks. 
  • Keep young kids clear of the chilli. I often rub it on my skin or in my eyes and it’ll be terrifying for kids if they do this. Talk to them about it. Then, when you feel they're ready, do it together and make safety part of the preparation routine. Tell them not to touch their eyes or anything else, and wash their hands very thoroughly afterwards.


My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary


Note to readers For the Chicken Breast chapter My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary is less diary-like than the diaries about the other hero ingredients in ADVENTURES WITH INGREDIENTS. This is because I wrote the diary entries as a series of tasting notes which went into the book's recipe introductions, before I decided to write the fuller diaries with this site in mind. I will add to the Chicken Breast Diary as time goes on.

Casey 7, Jake 4 years 6 months, James 1 year 10 months 


Casey joins us every Wednesday for dinner. She is very interested in cooking and I loved the way she linked the taste of the chicken to a taste she was familiar with. Linking tastes is a lovely game to play at the table. Jake and James have always loved corn and we buy the tins of sweet corn in water with no salt or sugar added. Baby gem is Jake's favourite lettuce. He mainly likes the juicy ribs, the 'crispy' he calls it. These little lettuce leaves make great edible boats to serve things in.