Quick navarin of lamb with spring vegetables (page 250)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Cut butter with a butter knife. 
  • Peel the turnips and carrots with as much supervision as your child needs.
  • Count out spring onions, trim then cut in half.
  • Get the peas and broad beans from the freezer. (This can be a huge source of fun. Just make sure the bag is well sealed before they get it out and when they put it back in.)
  • Pick the basil leaves from their stalks. 

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 6 months, James 1 year 10 months


The young turnips may surprise you, but when we were having a really hard time getting James (21 months) to eat anything except toast and fruit, he picked up and ate the turnips from Jess’s plate.


I suggest peeling the broad beans. It sounds like a hassle but you only do ten or so, and then once the kids are a bit bigger and used to eating this luxuriously prepared bean, you can teach them to peel their own and yours while they’re at it. Go on kids, popping the beans out of their pods is great fun!!


Make sure that the vegetables are cooked until tender (see accompaniment notes) and that you remove the strings from any sugar snaps, mangetout or beans that you are using. These are all excellent finger food and dippers.