Burger with red wine & onion sauce & sauteed potatoes (page 114)

Switch & Mix

This would be excellent with the pork chop on page 83. Simply replace the the burger with the pork and adjust the cooking time accordingly. No other changes are necessary.


Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Shape the burgers.
  • Pick the parsley leaves.
  • Peel the onions. Start your child off by cutting off the top of each onion with a knife. Then peel the skin just enough to give the kids something to grip and then pull off. This is extremely satisfying at any age.
  • When James was nearly 5, I cut the potatoes in half with him holding the knife and me holding the potatoes. There was a slight risk because the knife tends to stick to the starchy potato flesh, but more for me than him.  

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 11 months, James 2 years 3 months

Jake really loved this burger, loved the crispy spuds and soaked up the sauce with bread. Jake is nearly 5 and I no longer have to chop up his onions finely, but this has only happened in the last few months. We had some pak-choi on the side because I had some left from another test and he really likes this either raw or cooked because of the juicy and crunchy stalks. During some meals we talk about textures much more than tastes. 

Jess sat James down earlier and gave him a plate of whole wheat giant couscous risotto from the freezer. No problems at all. We gave him a huge clap. There was a little basil and cheese mixed in, but the basil didn’t look very green so he didn’t pick it out. In the evening I was late in the office so he had dinner of baked beans and bread. He loved it and and ate it all.  Clutching at straws, the beans are low salt, low sugar and the bread was granary bread. But why does he like baked beans so much? There must be some reason. I am going to try a bean mixture in fresh tomato sauce with carrots and courgettes chopped to the same size as the beans. Maybe just carrots to start as they are a similar colour.  If everything is the same size it will work. I’m sure it will. I hope it will. It might.