The perfect Mother's Day with Jane Kennedy

By
The Editor
Added
29 April, 2014

Congratulations on your new book, Jane. One Dish, Two Ways is such a clever concept for a cookbook. Please tell us about it, and what gave you the idea.

Thank you so much! The idea for the book really came about organically – cooking for seven people every night was very challenging … lots of different taste buds! I really came up with the idea because I couldn’t be bothered cooking meals for the kids and then another meal later for the grown ups, so I’d start with a simple base and then go from there.

Cooking for such a large family obviously has its challenges. How do you keep your passion for cooking going strong?

I love cookbooks – I have hundreds and read them instead of novels! I also love food magazines. I love trying new ideas on the family but I make sure I can adapt them for the kids.

Do your kids share your love of cooking? If so, do you have any advice on getting kids into the kitchen and keeping it fun for everyone?

My kids are always seeing me chop and fry and whizz as they are in and out of the kitchen all the time. To be honest, I don’t have the time for them to ‘help’ me, as I want to get the food on the table quickly! The weekends are the time for the kids to muck around in the kitchen, and it mostly involves baking and making popcorn.

What are your go-to recipes for cooking for kids?

Chicken ribs are big in our house – they’re meaty and inexpensive, and just the right size for kiddie hands. I make two batches: one with sea salt and olive oil for the kids, and one with either a tandoori spice or just fresh chilli, sea salt and chopped coriander for adults. Mexican dishes are also easy to convert ­– just separate the cooked mince and serve the kids a less spicy version with taco shells or burritos, and add more chilli and spice and serve with salad for adults.

Did your mum cook when you were a kid, and, if so, are there any particular dishes she made that inspired your love of cooking?

Mum was always up with the latest food trends and even did a French Cordon Bleu cooking course. I used to make a lot of the recipes she learned. Vol au vents, seafood crepes, veal with cream and grapes, and cherry cheesecake became my specialties and I would cook them for mum’s dinner parties!

How would you spend your perfect Mothers Day?

It would start with not having to get out of bed until about 11 am, reading the papers and then plan a yummy dinner – perhaps a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb that we would all eat at about 6 pm. Then a night of television and a great pinot!

Jane Kennedy's latest book, One Dish, Two Ways is perfect collection of recipes that can be served simply for kids, then jazzed up for the adults with just a few additional ingredients – the first cookbook guaranteed to please the whole family! 


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