K is for… Kids’ Kitchen

Posted on 18th July 2010 in child/ children/ cooking/ masterchef/ son

Today my boys have taken over the kitchen!

They have made their breakfast (cereal and brioche), made their lunch (grated cheese sandwiches) and for the finale they have made @DhruvBaker1‘s ‘Easy peasy chicken curry’ and some chocolate muffins!

Here is how they got on in Kids’ Kitchen

To start with, need to thank MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv for his recipe and hope that we’ve done it justice! The recipe (and many more) can be downloaded from The Big Lunch website


This is youngest son, who turned 9 last week, he has expressed an interest in becoming a chef, so let’s see how he gets on! We don’t have a whizzy blendy doodad so this is him using a mezzaluna to chop the garlic and ginger.

Ok, so now he is adding some chopped chicken. As mummy is a bit squeamish with bones we’ve gone for just chicken breast, although the recipe does suggest that you can use whole chickens that you’ve cut into pieces. The onion is a bit rougher than the recipe suggests as again I don’t have a whizzy blendy thing, we’re hoping it won’t adversely affect the overall result.

Seems like an awful lot of fluid! Fingers crossed it will reduce ok and make the ‘thick sauce’ alluded to in the recipe – find out in 40 mins! One thing that you can’t convey on a recipe or indeed a blog is the smell – it smells amazing!

It has reduced beautifully, sauce is quite thick now and tastes gorgeous. Nice one Dhruv!

And so, dessert

This time we have the 10 year old, he has no interest in becoming a chef, but a LOT of interest in chocolate cake!

His only questions during this whole process were “Can I have the bowl?” and “Can I have the spoon”

These babies taste as good as they look! Have a feeling they will be to die for if warmed slightly in the microwave and then served with some cornish ice cream. Mmmmmmm.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Kate 18th July 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Agh, that looks fab. All of it.

    Send a link to English Mum – you could enter those cakes into her July bakeoff!

    • Reply mrsljhall 18th July 2010 at 6:24 pm

      Haven’t heard of that – am sure there will be many beautifully decorated cup cakes to compete with anyway x

  • Reply Andrew Rowley 18th July 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I expect to see theses guys on Food Network next week

    • Reply mrsljhall 18th July 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Lol not so sure about that – but thank you!

  • Reply jfb57 18th July 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Send them round please!!

    • Reply mrsljhall 18th July 2010 at 6:24 pm

      With pleasure – but they are noisy and messy!

  • Reply sheila2010 18th July 2010 at 7:22 pm

    How lovely – and the smile of the little fellow face just says it all. My grandaughter loves to cook with her mum. I think its such a lovely thing to teach children. Good for when they grow older as well. Such lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • Reply TheMadHouse 18th July 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I love seeing children in the kitchen, I get my two making as much as I can. The plan is to get them making the Dinner each night instead of me. It is working, they make pizza on Sat night and mix the batter for Yorkshire puddings!

  • Reply Jules 19th July 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Looks fantastic. I may have to give that curry a go myself!

  • Reply Antonella 20th July 2010 at 9:01 am

    Wonderful chefs! Quite complicated dishes. Usually what I get from my kids is cheese on toast! And that’s only for mother’s day and my birthday! Ciao. A.

  • Reply Angie H 21st July 2010 at 12:33 pm

    All looks fab!!

    Well done to the chefs.

    Calum loves helping in the kitchen, he is only 4, but loves helping Mummy prepare veg etc.
    I think it’s good for children to see how food is made, cos I do think some kids think everything comes out the freezer or fridge ready made!!!

    Calum seems to enjoy dinner more if he has been part of the process.

    Well done boys! :-)))

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