Having been a doctor for the last 10 years, working every day with babies and children, I thought I was pretty well-placed to know everything-about-everything when Doof was born. However I soon learnt being a mum is very different to being a doctor...
Monday, 22 September 2014
Toddler cooking (5)
you've read any of my previous "Toddler cooking" posts you'll know I
love cooking with Doof but it's great to discover new recipes - especially ones
I can make with him. So I was very excited to see the "Kids in the
kitchen" linky and (despite missing the first 4 weeks!) realise I could
still join in.
week is 'snacks' and so Doof and I made something that combines two of his
favourite things - marmite and cheese. I like to do recipes with him where he
can do at least 80% of it on his own (although heavily supervised!!) but
ideally 100% which is why the fruit pancakes were perfect. As he's only 21
months though this does mean our recipes are quite simple :)
age: 21 months
short crust pastry, marmite, mild cheddar, water
Put a spoonful of marmite in the ramekin dish and mix with a small amount of water
until it becomes a thickish paste which easily drips off your spoon
Unroll the pastry and "paint" one side with the marmite paste,
leaving about an inch clean on one edge. We found a clean paintbrush was
perfect for this :)
Sprinkle grated cheese over the marmite layer (the even-ness of this depends on
Paint the clean inch (left in step 2) with a little water
Roll up the sheet, finishing with the water edge which will help to deal the
Cut into slices
Put each slice onto a lined baking tray and Cook at 160 degrees (fan) for about
D demonstrating how easy it is :)
did Doof enjoy doing?
stirring and spreading the marmite mix
sprinkling (and eating!) the cheese
rolling up the filled pastry
arranging the "wheels" on the baking tray
was Doof not interested in or unable to do?
didn't let him grate the cheese (although I suspect he probably could make a
decent attempt at it) as I didn't fancy any grated fingers in our pinwheels... I
think he's still too young as even though dexterity-wise he might be capable,
that doesn't mean I think it's safe for him
cut the whole roll into "wheels". He wanted to do it and did try but
the blunt toddler-safe knife ended up just squashing the pastry rather than
putting the tray in or out of the oven
If he's willing to let his ice lolly melt then it must be good...
did end up quite large though (even for an adult, so definitely for a toddler!)
so next time I'd cut the pastry sheet in half so when rolled up it's only half
as big. And I might also try a tomato paste with vegetables and cheese as a
"main course" option.