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Dancergirl Tue 27-Nov-12 21:31:43

I'm a keen cook and love food and want to try and get my dc interested in cooking. My oldest is 11 and she's just getting a bit more interested in food. Youngest is 5 and she's actually quite good for her age but it's generally baking - cookies, fairy cakes that sort of thing.

I need some ideas of savoury dishes I can make with them but with more emphasis on prep rather than using the hob, sharp knives etc so they can do a lot of it themselves just with me overseeing it.

Any ideas?

duke Tue 27-Nov-12 21:36:52

Try delias oven baked risotto, they are really good and you won't have to stand and stir. Once you've followed the recipe once they are easy to adapt with other ingredients.

ceeveebee Tue 27-Nov-12 21:38:53

Homemade pizza? Can use a mix for the bar then make sauce and put toppings of choice on

ceeveebee Tue 27-Nov-12 21:39:03


Allalonenow Tue 27-Nov-12 21:44:13

Pastry such as cheese straws, sausage rolls (could be the main part of a meal). Scones, including savory cheese scones, then widen into cobbler.
Dumplings !!!!

YDdraigGoch Tue 27-Nov-12 21:45:41

Meatballs are easy.

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 27-Nov-12 23:37:53

Omelettes. DS found a nice little Jamie Oliver video in which he explains the art of the 3-egg omelette. OK you have to use the hob but there are no knives involved... just whisks and forks smile

MrsShrek3 Tue 27-Nov-12 23:56:44

my dc (11, 9&6) have been making pizza, chicken curry, beef stew, omelettes, spaghetti bolognaise and apple crumble. They have all been taught how to use a vegetable knife and are very safe. i always supervise and give reminders, but they are fine. my 11yo works by himself with me at the other end of the kitchen instead of doing that helicopter thing i do with the 6yoblush The 9yo can do a full meal by himself when he gets the chance, and adores making bread. Let them take supervised risks, they are the ideal age to learn smile

BertieBotts Wed 28-Nov-12 00:05:48

Soup is very easy too and you can add almost anything.

A slow cooker is useful if you want to avoid a hob, although knives might feature heavily grin

I think that 11 year olds are okay to use a hob and knives, though. My 4 year old helps me cook at the hob, he understands that it's hot enough to hurt him and that he must listen to what I'm saying or he won't be allowed to help.

thereistheball Wed 28-Nov-12 14:21:23

I was going to say pizza too. There's a recipe for the base that I am intrigued by but haven't tried yet which has just two ingredients: sr flour and live Greek yoghurt. It needs 10 minutes of kneading which might be fun.

Otherwise why about savoury muffins? They are good with soup an freeze well.

Or ricotta pancakes? I put sweet corn in mine. They are nice with bacon and avocado and cherry tomatoes.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Wed 28-Nov-12 14:30:13

Last weekend my dd age 6 made from scratch chicken goujons, potatoe wedgies and salad.

Cut wedgies into strips dip in milk and role in breadcrumbs and babe 200 degrees for around 15 to 20 mins.

Cut potatoes and par boil or microwave, add own seasoning and bake for 15 to 20 mins.

At your dcs age I was making slag Bol curry etc.

TellMeLater Thu 29-Nov-12 19:09:20

I got my 8 year olds victorinox tomato knives - they are sharp and light - my kitchen knives are too heavy and would cause serious injury if they hit a foot.
I've taught them how to use a knife properly, so they can chop without cutting a finger off. Got them to bake first following recipes with little intervention from me - get them to choose their own recipes and then we moved onto eggs, porridge, pancakes, fry up, sandwiches, tea, step is curries apparently, I tend to let them take the lead.

Pancakeflipper Thu 29-Nov-12 19:11:09

pasta bake - chuck in some pasta, some sauce, some chicken and stick in the oven, add cheese later if required.

Making garlic bread is good fun.

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