Salmon with the great white butter sauce, leek & asparagus (page 62)
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Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids
- Measure the vinegar into a cold pan.
- Peel the shallots. 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.
- Measure the whipping cream.
- Measure the water.
- Cut the butter with a butter knife.
- Put the salmon on the tray.
- Wash the leek.
- Snap the woody bottoms off the asparagus.
My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary
Jake 4 years 8 months, James 2 years
I showed Jake and Casey how to snap the asparagus at the point where it becomes too woody and we turned it into a fun game. Jake also helps me with peeling, not the asparagus at the moment as it’s a bit too tricky, but he is great at carrots. Jake also loves brushing things so he often brushes the salmon with oil on the cold tray before it goes into the oven.
You can chop or puree this recipe depending on amounts of teeth for the tiny and toothless. Again, make sure that the leek is very well cooked or you’ll end up with the bits that kids find unpleasant. The puree can be frozen.
I served this with rice. James ended up eating just salmon and rice. I managed to sneak a little bit of leek in but he threw the rest of the leek and asparagus away. It’s a real conundrum at the moment, because he eats well but just won’t go near anything green that is not broccoli florets or mushy peas. At times for the sake of our sanity we have just not put the vegetables on his plate so that we can have a peaceful meal. Jess just told me she never ate green vegetables as a kid.
Jake wanted the leeks cut into smaller pieces. Apart from that he really enjoyed everything. He loves fish and will now eat as big a portion as we do.
I don’t like the suggestion that mum should get the broken egg, the cold tea or the crumbled bit of cake or the least enticing portion. But for “mum” read parent or carer, and it is sometimes the best thing to do. Asparagus is a good example; give the tips to the kids, simply because they are more tender. Eat the stalks yourself, and then get the kids into the stalks as they get older. You can also peel the stalks, which I like to do anyway; just begin below the first five or six cm of the tip.
Jake saw a copy of the photo of this dish that I brought back from Pete’s and he said, 'We ate that on Sunday!' Like he’d seen a movie star.