Today I have a great recipe for you and some good connection tips. Food and cooking open the door to communicating with your kids.
This is an easy recipe that I used to make with my children for their school lunch box or their afternoon tea after school. Even now, my children are young adults, but they still enjoy this snack and pack them for work lunches whenever I make them.
Make it a day before, reheat the next morning, and they can pack them for school.
For this recipe, I only use two ingredients – tuna and mayonnaise. However, feel free to add any vegetables or onions etc.
3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1 can tuna in brine 425g
2 1/2 sheets of puff pastry
1 egg yolk
- Drain 3/4 of the liquid from the can
- Pour remaining tuna to a bowl and add mayonnaise
- Use a folk (and spoon), spread the tuna out and start mashing. Put it aside *Can get your kids to help you with this task.
- Place the egg yolk in a separate bowl and beat gently. Put aside
- Lay out a sheet of puff pastry and cut into half
- Spread the tuna mixture within 1cm of the edge of the cut pastry sheet
- Roll the pastry gently until the end. Use a sharp knife and cut into 4-5cm pieces
- Placed the pieces onto a non stick oven tray
- Brush egg yolk onto the tuna roll pieces
- Bake for 30 minutes or less, depending on your oven. Check after 25 minutes.
- Below is a video explaining how to know when the pastry is cooked.
Quantity: 25 pieces
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
We often hear that food preparation comes from love…and meal preparation with your children is a fun way to connect and have fun with them. This is a fantastic recipe to involve your children.
Remember to make the process fun and light; your children will learn from the experience and would love to be around you more often when you invite them to prepare meals together in the future.
- Invite your children to join you in the kitchen.
- Get them to help with mashing the tuna while mixing the mayonnaise.
- They can help with the brushing of the egg yolk.
- When you are working together and sharing a space together, this is when communication starts.
Learning starts from home
- Measuring – older children can follow instructions on how to measure.
- Following verbal instructions
- Sequencing – understand what to add first, i.e. mayonnaise or tuna?
- Hand-eye coordination and motor skills – using utensils to mash the tuna and mixing them together, cutting into smaller pieces
- Learning to count and estimating – estimate how many pieces they can make if each piece is 4cm or 5cm in length. How many pieces can they fit into the baking tray? Do they need 1 or 2 trays for all the pieces to fit in?
- Learn to set the temperature and the timer on the oven.
Have fun, and I would love to hear your experience with this recipe.