Baked tomatoes with chicken, couscous, dried figs & ginger (page 238)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Measure the ingredients. 
  • Grate the ginger with as much supervision as they need.
  • Peel the garlic. Jake and James love banging it to loosen the skin first.
  • Help pick the meat off the carcass.
  • Help scoop the seeds out of the tomatoes.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 4 months, James 1 year 8 months 

Peter had sent me some photos from a lunch we had in 2009, that I found on top of the piano. In one of the photos, James was eating a cherry tomato as he had done for most of that year. He ate them straight from my plants even before they were red. I kept showing him this, and when he ate this tomato dish, I was so delighted. It was the first he’d had for nearly six months. I kept very quiet, I watched him from the corner of my eye and tried not to squeal with excitement. 

We've been sticking to our rules with regards to him eating his dinner or not having any pudding or milk. It has worked to a certain extent, but it doesn’t seem to last till the next day, i.e. there is no permanent effect. The other night he wasn’t even that bothered about not having his milk.  This is particularly hard because he roams free at night now. He has grown out of his cot and we have to chase him around. He came to see me in the kitchen and his face was full of such mischief, such freedom. The house is his now the cots bars are down. It was very late. It was very naughty, it was impossible not to laugh.