Warm lamb 'tagine' (page 258)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure ras-el-hanout.
  • Weigh ready to eat dried apricots.
  • Weigh fat raisins.
  • Measure olive oil.
  • Weigh or count baby plum tomatoes.
  • Take the olive stones out. Teach them to do it by first pinching the tips, then squeezing out the stones. (This is a great job to teach them.)
  • Pick the mint leaves from their stalks.  

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 6 months, James 1 year 10 months


Jake, James and Casey (7) enjoy the sweet combination of dried apricots, raisins and cherry tomatoes. I use it with chicken and beef, I stir it into couscous, wholemeal giant couscous and lentils. I add chopped vegetables to it and I serve it with aubergines. Ras-el-hanout is one of my magical spice mixtures for kids. Go gently with the olives, or leave them out. At first Jake would eat them in this sort of mixture but he wouldn’t in anything else. But now at 4 he really loves olives, to the point that I worry that he might like them too much and they are too salty. I can never quite get it right in my mind. Oh the joys and paranoia of parenthood! I’m sure he’d be better off snacking on olives than crisps, wouldn’t he?