So easy, even a child could do it

I know this is probably easy for me to say, but I do think a lot of cooking is dead easy. I look at the rows of ready meals in Waitrose and my heart sinks to think that people cannot even conceive to put a simple dish together. And don’t get me started on ready chopped and peeled carrots. I mean – how hard is it to peel a carrot ??? I don’t even buy the whole “I’m too busy” argument either. I’m up to my eyeballs in work right now and I’ve still just put on a lamb saag – from fresh ingredients – which took me all of about 10 minutes to prepare. I think there are a lot of people out there that are scared to find out about cooking, and so resort to lazy (and often unhealthy) food as a result.

It’s got to start at childhood though I reckon. I learned all the basics from my mum – an absolutely fabulous “home cook” – and have built on it ever since. And it’s not even that hard to introduce to your kids either. Baking cup cakes or cookies is, quite possibly, the simplest thing in the world to make. And, you know what ? Most kids would just love the opportunity to get their hands mucky and end up eating what they’ve made.

And so, this teatime, my eldest daughter and I made tuna fishcakes. (No cries of “urrrgghhh fish” please.) I tell you, this is the simplest thing you’ll ever make and kids will love it. Mashed potato, a tin of tuna, bit of salt and pepper, then coated in beaten egg then breadcrumbs. That’s it. Healthy, easy, bit of veg on the side, and both my kids wolfed them down. So easy. even a child could do it…and in this case pretty much did from start to finish. And here’s the proof:

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