Lentil fritters with roast beetroot & Camembert cream (page 318)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Cut the butter with a butter knife.
  • Break the egg.
  • Measure the flour.
  • Weigh the lentils.
  • Unwrap the Camembert.
  • Measure the vegetable oil.
  • Measure the crème fraiche.
  • Measure the apple juice.
  • Grate the apple with as much supervision as they need.
  • Make the batter.
  • Put the watercress on the plates.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months


These fritters got James eating lentils again. Yippee. He ate them up, and he tells me


'I'm doing very well Daddy.'

'Yes you are my boy.'


He likes lots of encouragement and I've become noticeably calmer since he has been eating more. It has coincided with him coming into the kitchen more, of that I am sure. Absolutely certain that it is the practical playtime.


Before starting work on this book, I hadn't made many fritters, but they're a great way to hold everything together and there seems to be something enticing about round shapes, because the same has often worked for pies or filo parcels. The basic starting point is egg and flour, and sometimes a little milk. These fritters are an ideal and delicious way to make lentils more filling. Trying adding sweetcorn, courgette, squash, fried onions, peppers, cauliflower or broccoli. Try bits of goats cheese or gentle blue cheese. You can also add shredded meat, different herbs. Never think of this as hiding, think of it as introducing, but whether you make the introduction before or after you have eaten it is up to you.