Roast garlic, winter vegetable & sausage penne (page 104)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Peel the vegetables with as much supervision as they need.
  • Peel the garlic. Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin first.
  • Measure the tomato puree. Jake loves doing this; he calls it the tomato toothpaste.
  • Cut the butter with a butter knife.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 6 months, James 2 years 10 months

This was a fantastic success. I did it the second time with giant cous cous, and James gobbled it up. Once he’d got a taste for it, he also ate some parsnip. He did what he does if I’m looking in the other direction, he grabbed my arm to show me he was eating his parsnip, smiling and laughing as he does. But I’m not sure if I feel guilty that he obviously feels he needs to please me, or delighted that he wants to please me. He’ll have that little bit more language soon, so it’ll be easier to find out. While I’m writing this I realise that I’ve barely mentioned Jake. It is so long since he hasn’t eaten something. He’s still not mad on rocket or watercress, but it really is astonishing how well he now eats. 

Jake and James both came into the kitchen at separate stages and had goes pureeing the vegetables; they love it with the little mixer and there is no danger to them when they use the attachment.