Paprika pork with toasted chickpeas, red pepper & beans (page 84)

Switch & Mix

The pork chop can be substituted for the chicken breast on page 41, the salmon on page 55 or the roast aubergine on page 69. Season them with smoked paprika. Cook them for the time that I give you in their recipes.  The only change you need to make beyond this is to add the oil and butter together from step three, leave out the pork then continue from the start of step four.   
If you'd like to make this with the burger/mince steak on page 111, simply replace the pork with the burger and adjust the cooking time. No other changes are necessary.  

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Peel the garlic. Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin first.
  • Take and shake the seeds out of the pepper.
  • Measure the olive oil.
  • Measure the vinegar. (Be careful of any cuts that will sting if the vinegar touches them).
  • Measure the tomato juice.
  • Cut the butter with a butter knife.
  • Open the tin with as much supervision as they need. (Jake started doing this at 4 & 1/2.)  
  • Measure the flaked almonds.


My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months


This had no chance with James because he had the prawn pasta first. I gave Jake the big bone from one of the chops and James got cross because this was what he had been eating when we did all of the pork chops, but he hadn’t wanted it before I gave it to Jake. Jake really liked the almonds. I’m going to look at different mixtures that I can do with the crisp chickpeas. 


Jake and James have little games that they play together after dinner. I sometimes stand outside the door and listen. I listen on the monitor as they chat in the evenings or when they wake up before it is time to get up. When James was a baby, I used to wonder what it would be like when they had conversations, when they played together and argued and I hoped and I hope that they will be great friends and be there for each other when we’re not.  But I have no idea how I can help them to do this. I wish I could wish it true. I wonder if this is more about me, because I moved so far away from my brothers.