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Garlic Butter (page 193)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Peel the wrapper off the butter and put it in the bowl.
  • Peel the garlic once it is cold.
  • Pick the parsley leaves from their stalks.
  • Measure the salt and pepper.
  • Mix the butter together.
  • Roll the butter in clingfilm.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 5 years 5 months, James 2 years 9 months


Jake saw the butter rolled in clingfilm in the fridge and he thought it was hilarious. Once he’d seen it he kept asking to have a go every time he came near the kitchen. He liked it even more once he’d had a go. I still find the things kids want to do fascinating. Never discount anything, never be restricted by the idea that it may be a little boring or they won’t be interested. The kitchen is a magical room for children, and let them get to the magic in any safe way that you can think of.  

This particular evening (7th) I was making the butterfly pasta along with the garlic butter and James was in the kitchen with me, weighing and eating raw beans and mangetout. After not eating any vegetables for what is now a great deal of his life, these are great steps forward, heady times. It’s working. I’ll just keep bringing him into the kitchen more and more. And it’s not just cooking, it’s being involved. I asked him to set the table and he put a knife and a pair of tongs on the table and then shouted to Jess and Jake that it was time to sit down, dinner was ready.  Everything you can do with them, do it everyday.