Spinach, creme fraiche, gnocchi, Parmesan & pesto bake (page 142)
Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids
- Measure crème fraiche.
- Grate the grated cheddar with as much supervision as they need.
- Measure pesto.
- Zest the orange. Do this together quite a few times before letting kids do it themselves and always supervise.
- Squeeze the orange. Explain to kids why they need to steer clear of any cuts or nicks on their fingers.
- Measure the juice.
- Open the tin of tomatoes with as much supervision as they need. Jake started doing this at 4 years 6 months.
- Wash and dry the spinach if necessary.
My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary
Jake 6 years 5 months, James 3 years 11 months
This was a perfect snatched five minutes at the end of a very busy day. Jake and James did all of the measuring and James did the mixing. I didn't have any crème fraiche, so we made a mixture of cream cheese and double cream and I mixed a little broccoli in as well as the spinach.
After a lot of my anxiety with James, he is eating wonderfully now and even leafy vegetables like spinach are no problem. It is such a joy. 'Delicious,' he said tonight, 'delicious Dada'. It was perfect, fresh tasting comfort food, exactly what this recipe set out to be. We made twice the recipe as I hoped to have some left for lunch the next day. But I put the baking dish on the table and we ate it all.
Jake 4 years 5 months, James 1 year 9 months
James picks out even the smallest bits of sliced spinach, and he now has a problem with the smooth green pesto puree.
Gnocchi can be chopped to a rough puree either by hand or by using the pulse button on a food processor, just don’t leave the motor running or you’ll end with a gluey mess, as with all pasta dishes.