Salmon with sprouts, bacon & mustard cream sauce (page 64)
Switch & Mix
The salmon can be substituted for the chicken breast on page 41, the pork chop on page 83 or the burger/mince steak on page 111. Season the chicken with mustard as per this recipe and then cook it for the time that I give you the recipe. If you substitute the salmon with the pork chop or the burger/mince steak, brush them with the mustard at the end of their cooking time rather than before you cook them. Add their cooking juices to the bacon and mustard cream sauce. No other changes are necessary.
Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids
- Put the salmon filet on the tray.
- Brush the salmon filets with grain mustard.
- Measure the vegetable oil.
- Weigh the bacon.
- Weigh the button mushrooms. (If you are teaching a child to cut, under close supervision, mushrooms are a good thing to start with.)
- Peel the red onion. Start your child off by cutting off the tops with a knife. Then peel the skin just enough to give them something to grip and then pull off. This is extremely satisfying at any age.
- Cut the butter with a butter knife.
- Measure the chicken stock (or water).
- Measure the double cream.
- Pick the rosemary spikes from their stalks.
- Weigh or count the Brussels sprouts.
My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary
Jake 4 years 7 months, James 1 year 11 months
There are a few hours of chaos each Thursday when we have two of our friend’s kids for an early dinner. It's wonderful for me because I got to try this meal out on four kids aged 1, 3, 4 and 5.
James, who was 1 at the time did not eat it at all. He was eating one day and then not the next and it’s hard but we keep him at the table and we don’t give him anything else. It means screams and demands for “appoo” and mummy which are interchangeable words for anything nice. We try all the different distractions early and then we just put up with it. Jess keeps telling me it was this way with Jake, but I can’t really remember it.
Beatrice, 3, kept telling me she only had a "tiny little eeny weeny space" left in her tummy for a yoghurt, but slowly, slowly we got to the end, by teasing and putting "tiny tiny, eeny weeny" bits onto her fork. She ate everything except the bacon which she found too chewy.
There's no reason to leave any of the ingredients out of the sauce, but use streaky bacon, chopped up, rather than the thicker lardons which are harder to chew. Cook it for one rather than two minutes again so that it is easier to chew. But do give the bacon a go, anything you can do to get them chewing and used to chewing is great. Turn it into a joke, chew chew, do whatever gentle way you can but food is not all meant to melt in your mouth.
Jake, 4, and Peter, 5, got stuck in and really enjoyed everything. I served some cabbage from the garden with this one. I did not put mustard on the salmon for all of them; there was plenty of it,
but not too much, in the sauce.