Food for kids week: Day 1

I'm on my way back to cooking everything (and I mean everything) from scratch. It's not just an economic thing and it's not just a protecting-loved-ones-from additives etc thing, it's a bit of both. 

And because it's fun, and I find it immensely satisfying.

Fresh pasta, tagliatelle. 

It's possibly much much quicker to make than you think. Jamie Oliver's rule: 100g strong flour to 1 egg per person. That's it. Whizz it up in the food processor, roll it out, cut it up, throw it in boiling water for 3 minutes. I didn't even take a photo of the finished fresh tomato sauce with herbs and grated cheddar because we were too busy tucking in. 

Stopping to take a photo took longer than turning flour and eggs into pasta. Really. It's super quick. AND SO MUCH NICER!!!!

OK so it would be super fast unless the kids cotton on that there is some form of edible craft going on in the kitchen that they must be part of. Gosh mine love making pasta. 

This week, apart from going back to scratch on as many of our foods as possible, I'm also doing a week of deliberately kid-friendly food.

I'm cautious about this, the last thing you want is some woman waving photos of her children earnestly nibbling steamed broccoli at you, right?

I'm posting the food my kids consider 'kid-food', an expression unique to Henry, the origin of which still escapes me. He's given me a list. 

Lunch today:

Homemade bread and scrambled eggs. 

Not on Henry's list. A perfect lunch for Tilly, but Henry hates eggs (a real shame) and so had the bread, cherry tomatoes and a banana instead. 


"If-it's Risotto"

i.e. If it's in the fridge, chuck it in the risotto.

 I'm a big fan of risotto and the kids love it. 

The trick with this one: no stirring!! Seriously!

It's fine to stand and stir a lovely risotto that you're certain will be met with appreciative hurrahs, but really, I don't believe in labouring over anything that's destined for smallies. Just in case. No point setting yourself up and all that.

So this one: (I make this in a big Le Creuset pot, any casserole or heavy pot will do. Needs a lid.)

Chop 1 onion finely and cook in a splash of olive oil with 3 rashers of bacon (chopped.)

Add 1.5 cups aborio rice and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Add 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock. 

Throw in your veg (it's the day before my organic fruit and veg box arrives, all I had was frozen peas and a few carrots).

Add salt and pepper and fresh herbs to taste.

Put the lid on and cook for about half an hour on the stove until all stock absorbed and rice cooked. Check and stir every 10 mins or so.)

Easiest risotto ever. 


6 Comments on “Food for kids week: Day 1

January 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Love the ‘from scratch’ cooking. I once made custard from scratch (as opposed to the ‘whitewings’ packet powder) and oh my goodness it was good! I tried Jamie O’s pasta too but think I cooked it for too long…it was like eating rubber bands! Have to try that one again. I’m thinking one of those pasta machine’s would be handy.

International Woman of Mystery
January 19, 2010 at 12:55 am

Love it! Gonna make pasta this week. And Rose doesn’t like eggs either and yesterday I made them scrambled with half a tspn of garam masala and half a tspn of turmeric (or you could just use regular curry powder) and she ate them all up! Just an idea. xo

January 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Oh now you are tempting me to get a pasta machine… but the thing is… my girls would rather eat broccoli (in fact it is Zoe’s fav food) than have spag bol! Yep, my kids are odd!
So do you make savoury biscuits from scratch? Looking for recipe ideas to add to school lunches! 🙂

January 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I was given my pasta machine by Adam’s aunt many many years ago and didn’t use it for ages until I cottoned on HOW MUCH YUMMIER homemade pasta was. I’ve seen them for around $30 on sale though – they’re not terribly dear.

January 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Hi Kate,

yes, savoury biscuits. I have a rice cracker recipe that I’ve been meaning to try and will do that this week. I’m guest blogging on another site next week re: school lunchboxes: I’ll tell you when!

January 21, 2010 at 6:46 am

oh thank you thank you thank you! I was going to google a noodle recipe today. My sisiter is a chef and made some lasagna noodles when she visited at christmas time. Yum!
Your recipes are fantastic!


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