I was recently asked if I like to get involved in the McCain Kids Teatime Takeover (#KidsTeatimeTakeover ) where every Thursday kids are encouraged to swap roles and get them involved in making tea. So of course this meant asking my 12 year daughter and she was very up for the challenge. McCain sent a useful hamper of products to help her, along with a recipe for Fish & Chips developed by Kids Teatime Takeover ambassador Holly Bell of Recipes from a Normal Mum. My daughter is a keen baker but had never cooked a savoury dish before or handled raw fish so this was a baptism of fire! There were a few groans about icky fingers but did a really good job and managed to coat and fry the fish to perfection as well as cook the chips and petite pois. Being a shy sort she insisted on no photos of her face so you can just see her hand shots instead!
Why don’t you give join in the Kids Teatime Takeover and see how much your children can learn. With young children it will help with their motor skills, maths (when weighing and measuring) as well as giving them confidence and a sense of achievement. Older children will of course be able to do more of the cooking by themselves and will have ideas that they will want to try out. My daughter decided to cut up the fish into smaller pieces as the fish were not evenly sized. She also doubled the recipe as she wanted to cook for the whole family.
So what did everyone think of the meal? Well we all really enjoyed the Fish and Chips and hubby was first to say he’d like it again as well as saying how much he liked the McCain Rustic Chips which we’d not had before. The tasty coating on the fish was really good and having fresh fish and not frozen battered fish made a really nice change.
I do hope this has encouraged you to get your kids in the kitchen whatever age they are!
- 500g McCain 3% Fat Rustic Chips
- 2 Tilapia fillets, skin removed (or any boneless, skinless fillets)
- 1 Free range egg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 heaped tbsp plain flour
- ½ tsp Dried thyme
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ¼ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
- ⅛ tsp Freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
- 200g Frozen petite pois
- Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/Fan 210°C/Gas Mark 7.
- Place the McCain 3% Fat Rustic Chips onto a baking tray in one even layer and bake in the overn for between 16 – 19 minutes, turning occasionally.
- In the meantime get making the fish coating.
- Remove the fish from the fridge, crack the egg into a bowl, add a tiny pinch of salt and use a fork to mix.
- Then mix, together the rest of the salt, flour, thyme, paprika, pepper and nutmeg in a bowl.
- Dip the fish fillets into the egg first, then coat in the flour mixture and place on a plate ready for frying.
- Five minutes before the chips are ready, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
- Sprinkle a little of the spare flour mixture in the oil and if it starts to sizzle immediately then place both fillets into he pan, very gently. Be careful as hot oil spits. (Holly says she asks her boys to set the table for her rather than helping as hot oil and young kids aren't a combination she finds restful).
- Fry for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown and then remove from the pan and drain on a sheet of kitchen paper.
- Boil or heat the petite pois in the microwave according to the packet instructions.
- Serve the healthier fish, chips and petite pois, possibly with a little tartar sauce on the side.
NB: Post commissioned by McCain, all opinions are my own or those of my family.