Cooking with a toddler

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The Crazy Kitchen
When it’s cold and wet outside, it’s sometimes nice to stay indoors.  Whereas pre-toddler I could stay in doing not much of anything, just pottering, now I need to have activities lined up and entertainment laid on if I don’t want to brave the park.
Often, Munchkin and I cook together, so when I saw this linky over at Jessie’s Crazy Kitchen  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share one of our favourites: PIE!
This is one that I usually do in the afternoon with Munchkin and then she has them for her dinner. We often join her too, because they really are yummy.
Mini puff-pastry-pies
What ever you have in the house! The only must-haves are puff pastry and oil.
This time we used: Ingredients
1 quarter of a pack ready-roll puff pastry
2 stips red pepper cut into small pieces
2 stips green pepper cut into small pieces
2 strips yellow pepper cut into small pieces
1 chestnut mushroom cut into small pieces
4 slices chorizo
2 slices courgette cut into small pieces
50g grated cheese
Small amount of oil
Small amount of plain flour for rolling out
This makes 4 small pies (1-3 usually fill munchkin up depending on her hunger. 3-4 fills the OH (though usually with extra veggies).
First roll the pastry out into a square about 20cm.
Divide square into quarters and score around each square about 1-2cms in from the edge.
Next paint oil on the pastry inside the scoring.Painting with oil
Then load the pastry with goodies! Try to keep food inside the scoring as the pastry outside will rise.
Pop in the oven for about 10 mins at 180 degrees C.
Munchkin helps with the cutting up (I give her a blunt knife and something easy, like the mushrooms).  She also helps with the rolling out.  Her favourite bits, however, are painting on the oil and putting on the topping. Oh and eating the pies at the end! 🙂
Pies before cookingPies done

6 thoughts on “Cooking with a toddler

    Helen said:
    November 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for linking up…the pies look great. I made something simliar with Jack once – I don’t think he was keen on the puff pastry so have just stuck to pizza since which he enjoys a lot more.

      morethanamummy responded:
      November 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Munckin seems to love pastry. Glad we found your site. Some Yummy ones in there!

    Sarah said:
    November 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’m impressed that you child has such varied veggie tastes. The only things mine would eat in that selection would be the chorizo and puff pastry. I spend my life hiding or disguising veggies.

    The last resort is soup. What they don’t eat on a plate they will wolf down in a bowl!

      morethanamummy responded:
      November 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Belive me the pastry and sausage are the favourites! I think cheese over the top helps! 😉

    FionaCambouropoulos (@coombemill) said:
    November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Looks lovely, mine love helping out on the kitchen for anything they can!

      morethanamummy responded:
      November 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      It’s easier to let her help than try to keep her out from under my feet!

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