P1 wants to be a chef. She loves cooking, baking and everything in between. I hate cooking with children. Baking I can just about manage but cooking a meal is normally a no go situation. I hate the mess it creates when children are involved and it’s made even worse when they never listen to instructions. But I braved it when Persil asked me to put on our aprons and dish up a meal with the children helping.
We had a lovely variety of foods that we could pick from for this challenge, I pondered over the ice cream cone cakes for a while as I’ve done those before but decided to do something a little trickier for my budding chef and something that wasn’t baking related as we always bake together. We went for the Secret Pesto Lucky Dip Dippers.
- 50g Plain Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 heaped tsp Pesto
- 160g Ritz Cheesy Crackers (or similar)
- 2 Chicken Breats
- 2 Cod Loins
- Pre-Heat the oven to 220c/200 Fan/Gas 7. Grease a large baking tray.
- Combine the flour and seasoning on a dinner plate.
- Using a small bowl and the help of your child, whisk one egg and one teaspoon of Pesto. In another bowl whisk the other egg and a further two teaspoons of Pesto.
- Put the Ritz into a sealable bag. Ask your child to crunch the biscuits up until they are a resembling breadcrumbs.
- Place the chicken into a sealable bag and bash with a saucepan to flatten and tenderise the meat. Get your children to help but watch little fingers getting in the way. Using clean hands and scissors, cut the scissors into long strips.
- Dip each strip first into the flour coating the entire strip. Then into the first pesto/egg mixture (1 tsp of Pesto) making sure to cover it. Lastly, into the breadcrumbs making sure it is completely coated in breadcrumbs. Place each strip onto the baking tray.
- Do exactly the same for the cod only using the 2 tsp of Pesto mixture.
- Bake the dippers for 15 minutes. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked by cutting the fattest one in half.
- Try a different fish or meat - ie turkey
- Use mayonnaise, ketchup or BBQ sauce to dip
Both P1 and P2 were really excited bashing the meat and crunching up the Ritz biscuits but when it came down to getting grubby P2 disappeared. She is a little nervous about different textures. P1 helped but I couldn’t get any photos as my hands were in a mess too, she enjoyed putting the breadcrumbs onto the meat the best.
I was also given some Persil Washing-Up Liquid to test out. This is the first time I’ve actually used Persil. It smells gorgeous and although it doesn’t bubble as much as I would like it to, it cleaned the dishes effortlessly which of course is the most important thing. P1 helped me wash up whilst the dippers were cooking.
The fish and chicken dippers all look roughly the same which is why they are called Lucky Dip Dippers. This meant that when we took a bite it was a complete surprise as to whether we were having a fish dipper or a chicken dipper. I’ve also never tried Pesto before so this was a nice way to introduce different flavours. All three of my girls enjoyed eating both flavours of dippers.
I definitely think I’ll try to curb my fear of cooking related mess and cook with the kids more often. P1 certainly loves it and with Persil there to help clean up the mess I can’t really say no anymore can I?!
This post is in collaboration with Persil