Lentil 'moussaka' (page 312)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the olive oil.
  • Measure the wine vinegar.
  • Zest the orange with as much supervision as they need.
  • Pick the coriander leaves from their stalks.
  • Grate the cheddar cheese.
  • Weigh the mascarpone.
  • Weigh the lentils.
  • Line the baking tray with a non-stick sheet.
  • Brush the aubergine slices.
  • Mix the cheese sauce.
  • Stack the aubergines, lentils and cheese sauce.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months


Jake worries about spicy food. I think this is because I have given him a few meals that I've put too much chilli in. This is a good example of where you need to be careful and slowly introduce spices, particularly ones that can hurt, because afterwards, even if it is a tiny amount, kids can be scared of the idea of it. This is one reason I strongly dislike the practice as well as the idea of hiding food; it can take a while to build a fragile trust so that kids are likely to try anything you ask them to. But if you try to hide something which they eat and then they recognise it as an ingredient that they don't like, that could put them off trying that ingredient again and whatever it was served in and whatever else was on the plate. I did this with mushrooms for James. Now he won't even look at one.