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When your 4 year old cooks dinner…

One of the best things about having kids is knowing that one day they will cook you dinner… well tonight it kinda felt like that happened. The J-boy just got stuck in and took me by surprise. I’m pretty sure this boy is going to be a great cook.

So if you need some encouragement to get your littlies in the kitchen helping you cook, here it is. He has been helping me cook since he was able to stand from his cooking “tower” and he seems to have picked up some tips along the way! My children have all loved helping me cook, at times I’ve certainly wished they didn’t want to help me – it can take twice as long, be noisy and messy, but it teaches them a great life skill and a love of good food. I’ve also found it a good way to get them trying foods too.

Fish fingers are one of the ways my family do not just eat, but really enjoy oily fish. I like to get a portion a week into our meals. Oily fish are good sources of the omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) as well as providing vitamin A, Vitamin D,  iodine, selenium, protein and calcium.  If you don’t like salmon other oily fish includes:  mackerel, pilchards, fresh or frozen tuna, trout, crab, whitebait, herring, sardines.


Omega 3’s benefits include:

  • Reduction in the risk of heart disease. May protect the heart and blood vessels from disease.
  • Supports healthy development of  baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Brain function – may help  maintain good memory and also for the prevention and treatment of depression.



Homemade bready swirls/pinwheels

So this is our first vlog in a long time. It’s taken me a while to work out a time when my kitchen is not looking like a bomb has hit it, whilst also having 2 happy kids and a charged video camera. Phew. I made it. 

Lunches are the one meal that I really find can….

a) get boring,

b) I forget about and then have to rummage in the fridge and hope for the best and

c)  is often eaten out of the house so needs to be well planned.

My kids are not great fans of sandwiches, so I try to have a creative lunch making session once a week and involve them as much as I dare. Savoury scones, pizza pinwheels and snack boxes with a range of crackers, veggies and whatever I have to hand are all favourites in our house. These bread swirls are great as they really are quick to make. My kids love to cook as you will see. I try to let them help as much as possible, it always leads to eating and mess, but also teaches them valuable skills and it’s good communication time too. If you don’t cook with your kids then I would really encourage you to give it a go. 

Bready Pinwheels
Yields 15
A quick, easy recipe that is great for lunch boxes, for making lunches for interesting and for sneaking extra veggies into lunches!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
117 calories
16 g
11 g
4 g
4 g
2 g
53 g
303 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 303mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 300g self raising flour
  2. 40g butter
  3. 180ml semi skimmed milk
  4. 100g cottage cheese
  5. 1 tomato chopped finely
  6. 50g cheese grated
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. Weigh out the flour and butter. Rub the butter into the flour.
  4. Add the milk and mix well to a dough.
  5. Knead lightly and roll out to a rectangle about 3cm thick.
  6. Spread the cottage cheese, tomato and cheese over the surface.
  7. Now roll up like a swiss roll.
  8. Cut up into chunks about 3cm thick.
  9. Place on the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
  1. Try other toppings, get creative!
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