Mackerel & couscous baked in cabbage with ras-el-hanout (page 302)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Weigh the couscous
  • Add the raz-el-hanout. (Get them to smell it.)
  • Squeeze the lemon.
  • Measure the olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Pick the mint.
  • Flake the mackerel.
  • Mix the couscous ingredients together.
  • Stuff the cabbage once the leaves have cooled.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary


Jake 4 years 11 months, James 2 years 4 months 


First Try


This was the first test. James wouldn't even try it so we swapped his mackerel couscous for the plain stuff that he so loves, because we thought he wasn't very well. There was nothing we could put our finger on, but he just wasn't right. As soon as he got it he started laughing. Putting great spoonfuls in his mouth, shaking his head back and forth and laughing at us. We just laughed with him. It set us back a week or so, but he was irresistible. He completely tricked us and he knew it. I even gave him a pud. I'm hopeless.


A week later


Now that Jake is at school every day it is harder for me to get him to taste everything so I keep what I can to put into his school lunches. I cooked an extra portion of the couscous when I was testing this recipe yesterday and we seasoned and mixed it together this morning. He took it to school as a salad in a take away container. I saved him and Casey a parcel to try with dinner and served it with the potato gratin on the side. They both loved it, but Jake found the cabbage too tough. It was an outside leaf.