How to keep the children happy

Occasionally I look after a friend’s children. I wouldn’t say they are fussy but I’m used to my small person who eats everything – except tuna and avocado but I can live with that.

After a long weekend (car stuff which I will write up soon) and a full day at work, tonight had to be quick, easy but filling. Enter sausages and tomato sauce with pasta. Even better enter my 10 year old commis chef. I didn’t dare let him near the mandolin but, with supervision, I let him prepare the tomato sauce. Very simple, oil in pan, add sliced onions, when softened add some wine and then the tomatoes. I often slip some syrup, honey or sugar into a tomato sauce but tonight was the bare basics. My mini chef certainly enjoyed helping and this is something I will continue to encourage. His favorite job so far has been rolling pasta, something we will repeat soon. The more he and his sister help, the more willing they are to try different flavours and dishes.

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The meal was completed by boiling pasta and frying the sausages. Combine, sprinkle with cheese and enjoy. Normally I’d add more vegetables into the sauce but today was about getting a filling meal into them more than covert nutrition. I’ll save that for Friday when they come over next!

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