Four rav­en­ous un­der-10s are flum­moxed by beet burg­ers and crushed by cashew milk – but fall for Ja­panese rice wrapped in egg

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my most vo­cal re­fusenik. Guy says the mint gives it a “zing” and pol­ishes off a small por­tion, while Marcus leaves the ta­ble in protest. De­spite the 50/50 suc­cess rate I’m plan­ning to rein­tro­duce this. It’s easy, quick and grat­i­fy­ingly green, but needs more ro­bust sea­son­ing and ex­tra parme­san. Green Kitchen Sto­ries’ beet pat­ties are time-con­sum­ing to make and leave me with ques­tion­ably red hands. Guy eats all of his burger, but reck­ons it is saved by the bun and the ketchup. It proves too other – too red, too tex­tured, too oaty – for my two younger kids, while my el­dest deems it damn­ingly “only for veg­gies”. They are so flum­moxed by the burg­ers they don’t no­tice the ex­tra top­pings – mango, av­o­cado and toma­toes. Still, I’ll bring them back on a quiet day along­side home­made chips and the whitest of buns. pota­toes give off a gor­geous smell that doesn’t nor­mally fill my kitchen un­til af­ter the kids have gone to bed. Serv­ing them is a dif­fer­ent story. Ines eats a cor­ner of the crepe be­fore re­gur­gi­tat­ing the pota­toes, and Marcus re­jects it outright. Guy likes the spicy spuds, but draws the line at the crepe. I’d hap­pily do it again though, along­side a rough-cut gua­camole, toma­toes and mango chut­ney. We get through about 50 eggs a week as a fam­ily (there are seven of us at the mo­ment in our home, plus fre­quent guests) so my hopes are high for Anna Thom­son’s Ja­panese omelette and rice dish. It is a breeze to make and I love that you can vary the veg you add to make it the ul­ti­mate use-up dish. It even looks pretty on the plate, es­pe­cially with a gen­er­ous smear of ketchup. I cave and leave out the pas­sata in the rice, though, which I’m sure helps. This time, I also feed the kids in shifts, partly be­cause the omelettes are ready at two-minute in­ter­vals, and also to stop the kids from be­ing swayed by their sib­lings’ opin­ions. My el­dest two down an omelette and a half each while even

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