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Kids in the kitchen #1

Kids in the kitchen is all about getting the children into the kitchen and creating not only cakes and bakes but also getting them cooking meals that they can enjoy and be proud of. With the benefit of nice time shared with them and also skills they can use for years to come.

Bexy’s Bacon Topped Jacket Potatoes served with Pineapple Salsa

You will need:

  • Medium Potatoes 1-2 per person
  • 2 Red Onions
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 6-8 Rashers of Smoked Back Bacon
  • A little bit of oil (Bex used rapeseed oil)
  • Black Pepper
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese (optional)

For the Pineapple Salsa you will need:

  • Approximately 1/3rd of a fresh Pineapple
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh herbs. Parsley and Coriander works well
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Chilli Powder (optional)

For best results cooked Jacket potatoes in oven but if you are short of time cook in the microwave, but make the salsa first.

  1. Wash potatoes and cut around the middle length ways to give a 5mm slit all around.
  2. Place in oven that has been pre-heated to 200 oc. Depending on the size of the potato this should take between 1 hour to 1 and half hours to cook.
  3. In the meantime peel and chop your pineapple into small chunks and place into bowl.
  4. Peel and chop your onion and add to bowl.
  5. Wash your herbs then either chop or use scissors to cut into fine pieces, add to bowl.
  6. Season with pepper and a little salt. Add chilli powder if using and give it all a good stir.
  7. Pop in the fridge to let the flavours mingle.

For the potato topping you need to:

  1. Wash your pepper and then chop pepper and onions into similar small size pieces.
  2. Peel the garlic and finely chop.
  3. Cut the bacon into strips. Bex used kitchen scissors for this as it is easier. She also cut off all the fat to make it healthier.

When your potatoes are nearly cooked you need to:

  1. Gently heat the oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add the onions and pepper to the pan and cook stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until softening.
  3. Add the garlic and pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes keep stirring every so often to prevent sticking.
  4. Put this into a plate or bowl once cooked and set aside.
  5. Add a little bit more oil to the pan if needed and heat gently.
  6. Gently fry the bacon again for about 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Put the onion mix back into the pan with the bacon and heat back up for a minute or two. Keep stirring, then turn off the heat.
  8. Get your potatoes out of the oven and split them in half.
  9. Top your potatoes with the bacon and onion mix and sprinkle with cheese if using.
  10. Serve with the Pineapple Salsa and salad.

    Pineapple Salsa


With the left over pineapple we made this delicious Jamie Oliver recipe Pukka Pineapple with bashed up Mint Sugar. It is so easy, pretty healthy and extremely delicious.

We all thought this was very yummy. Bex is 12 so she was able to do most of this recipe on her own, it will depend on the age of your child as to how much they can do.

It is fun to cook together and I still cook many a recipe I learnt with my Mum including sweet and sour which we will be doing here soon.

Pukka Pineapple


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2 Responses to "Kids in the kitchen #1"

  1. Old Fashioned Mummy says:

    Sounds yummy, love the sound of pineapple salsa. Sadly I will have to make it myself as I have a few more years til DD (just turned 4!) can do much on her own in the kitchen.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, soon comes around though :) My two have always liked helping in the kitchen which is great. agree though that 4 year old make good helpers! Salsa was very yummy and the Pukka pineapple was gorgeous too :)

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