Glazed burger with sweet potato chips & cucumber relish (page 112)

Switch & Mix


This would be excellent with the pork chop on page 83. Simply replace 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. 
  • Mix the relish.
  • Peel the onions. 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 vinegar, oil and orange juice.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 10 months, James 2 years 2 months

Casey loved this burger except for the raw onions in the relish. Fair enough; there are lots of adults who don’t like raw onions either. Jake loved it all and was incredibly proud to show me that he could now eat the onions. James didn’t eat anything. 'Nah,' said James. 


In New Zealand we have an extremely popular sweet potato called a kumara. I used this all the time in New Zealand then I didn’t use any sort of sweet potato for about 15 years, until we had Jake. I’m delighted that I’ve rediscovered them as they are a particularly good vegetable for kids. I often use sweet potato where I would have used pumpkin or squash because it has the great advantage of being easier to prepare and quicker to cook. Sweet potatoes can be roasted, fried, grilled and pureed. It was an excellent puree to make and freeze in cubes ready to add to whatever protein we’d pureed as we were getting the boys used to solids. James ate a great deal of it when he was weaning but has gone off it for the time being.  It may be a colour thing; he never eats the carrots he used to so love now, either. He is very happy to try to peel them though.  So slowly I move forward, dreaming of the day when he eats it all up.