Glazed pork chop with crisp lettuce & carrot salad (page 94)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the vegetable oil.
  • Measure the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Measure the honey. (Careful, this’ll be messy.) 
  • Grate the ginger with as much supervision as they need.
  • Measure the mustard.
  • Peel the carrot and help slice it into ribbons with as much supervision as they need.
  • Squeeze the lime juice.
  • Mix the glaze.
  • Mix the dressing.
  • Toss the salad.
  • Put the salad on plates. 

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months

We have eaten a lot of pork lately as this comes fast on the heels of the roast belly pork chapter.  James has been staying up later and later so Jess skipped his afternoon sleep today which meant that by dinner time he was too tired to get started. Eventually he did, but all he wanted was a great big pork bone. 

It’s a very rare Saturday today. I almost never work on Saturdays but I’m getting close to deadline. It makes me realise how much I need my time together with the boys. They call Saturday our daddy day and I feel like I’ve let them down terribly when we miss it. Because it’s so rare that we miss a Saturday, this makes me realise that it's a luxury that I get that I’m sure a lot of others don’t. And this takes me back around to making the best of everyday times and the way that I can do that is in the kitchen with practical playtime. It makes me aware that the great luxury is time. Time when you can choose what you want. Can you buy time by not buying possessions? Can money buy time? Or can being more satisfied with what you have buy time?