Roast belly pork with vegetables & noodles (page 270)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the Hoi-Sin sauce.
  • Measure the Chinese five-spice.
  • Measure the cornflour.
  • Peel the red onion. Start your child off by cutting off the tops with a knife. Then peel the skin just enough to give them something to grip and then pull off. This is extremely satisfying at any age.
  • Take and shake the seeds out of the pepper.
  • Grate the ginger with as much supervision as they need.
  • Measure the water.
  • Peel the carrot with as much supervision as they need.
  • Measure the soy sauce, away from the heat.
  • Measure the gravy, away from the heat.
  • Mix the pork with the Hoi-Sin, Chinese five-spice and cornflour.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 4 months, James 2 years 8 months


I cooked this on a day when Jake and James were both home. But James had been to have the dressing over his stitches changed and then he went to bed when he got home.


Jake had a chesty cough. After we came back from the doctors who told us there was nothing to worry about, kids have 4-6 of these a year, Jake had a big plateful, even had seconds. It's joyful that he eats everything in this recipe, but equally joyful watching him learn how to eat it, watching him twirl the noodles on his fork and watching his disappointment as it drops off. I told him once how I was told off for using a spoon to twirl my pasta on in Italy, and he hasn't wanted to use a spoon since. He twirls like his fork is a ballerina now.


We're warned about the dangers of praising our kids too much, but sometimes it doesn't feel as if there is such a place. I'll save the image of Jake eating noodles and one day when I'm cold and tired and coming back on the bus from London I'll call it up and I'll smile and smile.