Aubergine with chickpeas & cranberry & orange relish (page 74)

Switch & Mix

The aubergine can be substituted for the chicken breast on page 41, or the salmon on page 55. Season with the raz-el-hanout dressing as per this recipe and then cook them for the time that I give you in their recipes. No other changes are necessary.
You can also cook this recipe with the pork chop from page 83, but in this case don’t baste the chop with the dressing before you start cooking it. Add it to the pan instead of the 4 tbsp water once the pork chop is fried.  


Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Squeeze the lemon, measure the juice.
  • Measure the olive oil.
  • Mix the lemon dressing.
  • Brush the aubergines and put them onto the cold tray.
  • 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.
  • Open the chickpea tin with as much supervision as they need.
  • Peel the garlic. Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin first.
  • Grate the orange with as much supervision as they need.
  • Peel and segment the orange.
  • Mix the relish.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 3 months, James 2 years 7 months

This was one of the first recipes I cooked for this chapter. I’d been putting it off because Jess doesn’t really like aubergines and Jake heard her say it one day and he said 'I don’t like aubergines either'.


Be careful, because if you say that you don’t like something, kids will pick up on it. You can also use this to your advantage, when talking about junk food. (I’ve thought about this since, and with junk food it doesn’t work too well.)


The taste and texture of aubergines is perfect for kids, soft, very delicate, an outstanding way to introduce new spices and tastes. So, Jess, bless her, ate her aubergine very quickly with a very slight grimace, and then Jake ate his. 'I do like aubergines,' he said.


James was in the kitchen with me while I tested this, and he ate the little orange segments. But when they were on his plate he wouldn't eat them or the chickpeas that he used to eat all of the time. We’ve been very lax over the Christmas period, where he's mainly had milk, various sweet things and fruit with the occasional bowl of cereal, pasta, broccoli or baked potato. But we had to get back into the swing of it last night. We will never force him to eat anything but he has to eat what we eat or he doesn’t get any yogurt, fruit, pudding or anything else. He screamed for 30 minutes last night. This lunch time will show us more closely where we are.