Creamy pasta with smoked salmon & horseradish (page 100)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Peel the onion. 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.
  • Peel the garlic. Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin first.
  • Cut the butter with a butter knife.
  • Weigh the macaroni.
  • Separate or weigh the half packets of sugar snaps and watercress.
  • Measure the horseradish cream with as much supervision as they need. 

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 6 months, James 2 years 10 months


Jake absolutely loved this, which was great because I had forgotten that we’d eaten watercress that I had wilted in whole leaves a couple of weeks ago and he didn’t want it. But he ate it chopped up roughly here and wanted a second portion. 

This same watercress was an abject failure for James. He picked it all off. Got cross and then upset. This is where I get into an argument with myself, half of me saying I shouldn’t change it, but the problem is that had I taken my own advice originally and chopped all herbs so small that he could taste but not sense them he might be eating the bigger bits by now. Too much too soon is self-defeating. I should have gone more slowly and more gradually.