Most kids love to grind and smash stuff, so let them help smash all the things you can think of – in the KITCHEN! Food , of course, like potatoes, for MASHED potatoes. I make mashed potatoes for my baby, and although it becomes more of a Finger food, it’s a great meal for them.
I make it like this :
- 1kg/2¼lb good quality potatoes
- ½ tbsp salt
- 300g/10½oz cold butter, cut into cubes
- warm milk, to taste
- fresh parlsley finely chopped
Peel the potatoes and cut them into smallish chunks. Run the chunks under cold water to wash off surface starch.
Heat a large pan of water until it reaches a temperature of 80C/175F.
Add the potatoes and simmer for half an hour or until cooked and soft. Add the salt half way through. Drain the potato chunks , and run them under cold water, then place them back in the pan.
Add half the milk and butter to the potatoes and mash well (or let your child do it, sitting on the floor, mashing away. Make sure the PAN IS NOT HOT when yougive it to them to mash. Mash until smooth and creamy.
To serve, reheat it gently in a pan, while gradually whisking in a little more warm milk.
Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.
AS for more smashing ideas, the older kids can use a Pestle and Mortar for garlic smashing. Often I let them grind my herbs for herb omelette.
Soft blanched tomatoes that are going to be used in a stew can be smashed just like the soft potatoes, and the best is to take old stale bread, put it in a packet and let them run a rolling pin over it to make breadcrumbs for chicken nuggets.
So let you kids go around smashing things – just make sure they are the right things!! Enjoy!
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