Salmon, mushy peas & chunky sunblush tomato ketchup (page 60)

Switch & Mix

The salmon can be substituted for the chicken breast on page 41, the aubergine on page 69, the pork chop on page 83 or the burger/mince steak on page 111. Season them with cayenne pepper as per this recipe and then cook them for the time that I give you on their recipes. No other changes are necessary.


Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Put the salmon filets on the tray.
  • Measure the water.
  • Measure the olive oil.
  • Get the peas from the freezer. (This can be a huge source of fun. Just make sure the bag is well sealed before they get it out and when they put it back in.)
  • Pick the thyme/basil leaves from their stalks. 
  • Measure the honey (unless you are in a rush, as this can be quite messy).
  • Measure the vinegar.
  • Measure the tomato puree. (Careful here, my boys call this tomato toothpaste and I have to watch them so that the tube squirts slowly. It can be messy.) 
  • Count the sunblush tomatoes.  
  • Mix the ingredients for the sunblush dressing in a cold pan.
  • Measure the pine nuts (optional). 

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 7 months, James 1 year 11 months 

This is a great meal for families and kids; the salmon is omega oily and delicate enough to be a first and regular taste of fish. The flesh can then be mashed with a fork for the tiny and toothless, flaked for a few teeth or left whole. I found with both Casey and James that the vinegar in the dressing was too acidic for them. So start by adding a tiny drop to theirs, then once they’re served you can add more to yours.


The texture of the sunblush tomatoes can also be tricky for kids so chop them into small pieces. Cut the sunblush tomatoes into smaller pieces; I introduce them to kids as, “a bit like tomato raisins". At 4 Jake fell in love with these; I think it is the skin that younger children find hardest to deal with.


The mushy peas can be anything from completely smooth to very chunky. These peas have always been a hit with my kids and I’ve also found them a great way of introducing new flavours; try other soft herbs like mint, parsley and coriander. You can also stir in chopped watercress, spinach or rocket, cooked and diced peppers, courgettes, tomatoes, cauliflower or broccoli. I have learnt that there is no point trying to rush kids into eating big piles of new vegetables, just introduce a little in something they know; these peas are an excellent way of doing this. Tomato compote is also a great way of doing this.