Tiny is 6 now and always asks if he can help me in the kitchen making supper. His bigger siblings don't always offer, and till recently were busy with revision and other stuff, so weren't always in a position to help in any case.
Many meals just aren't suitable for adapting to his skillset, and there are days when we don't have the time for him to do the things he can do at Tiny-speed, so sometimes I just get him to sit with me and chat, but on this particular day, I thought he could help me, so I got him to get washed and aproned and he was delighted.
I gave him a pack of 10 frankfurters and a chopping board and a small kitchen knife. I showed him how I wanted him to chop the furters and let him get on with it. We played a game of number bonds with the furters, and I got on with chopping up an onion and slicing some garlic.
I started by frying these latter 2 in a tablespoon of butter in a saute pan, and when they were soft, I added the chopped furters. We then added 2 cups of basmati rice, and gently coated the grains in the flavoured butter.
I then poured in a good portion of frozen vegetables and helped Tiny to stir and mix well.
Finally we added Marigold powder and 3 cups of boiling water. I put the lid on the pan and once it was boiling again, I turned the flame to low and left it to simmer for 15 mins. Set a timer! Tiny and I washed up the prep stuff together and sang songs.
Once the timer went off, I switched off the flame but set a timer for another 5 mins - WITHOUT TOUCHING THE LID.
Once the 5-minute timer went off, it was time to eat, and it was really delicious - not to mention quick and easy and cheap. You could use bacon, or Quorn or mushrooms or chipolatas instead of the frankfurters; they may need more or less frying before the stock goes in.
You can personalise the flavour at the table with your sauces of choice - we all love Frank's Buffalo Wings Hot Sauce.
I couldn't get a photo of the dish as we ate it up way too fast!!!