Cooking with kids doesn't need to mean redecorating your kitchen with butter, eggs and flour. It can involve something as simple as picking basil leaves off a plant and asking them to tear them up, or helping add ingredients into a mixing bowl. So long as you keep sharp knives and hot pans at bay, it's a great opportunity to get children involved and learning about simple food preparation. Tilly, aged 2 and three quarters, loves getting involved (whether or not I want her to), and now with a very handy little step stool that I found on Amazon for £7 http://amzn.to/2eIOBRF , she's getting more and more interested, not to mention helpful, when it comes to preparing a few basic staples.
Here's our version of a perfect pesto:
A handful of fresh basil leaves
A handful of (baby) spinach leaves
A handful of pine nuts
A decent grating of parmesan (to fill the palm of your hand)
A generous slurp of olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice from half a lemon
S & P
Add all the ingredients to a mini blender and pulse until well combined. Add a little water or extra olive oil to get the required consistency. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days but otherwise you can freeze it in ice cube trays.
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