My son, Aeneas, is eight years old and his main interests are weapons, warfare and exotic wildlife (tigers, wolves and so forth). These matters are my husband’s department. But recently he has started to show an interest in cooking too, which of course I’m thrilled about.
The trick, I’ve discovered, is to let him take the lead in the kitchen, rather than trying to direct him: recipes where he can do almost everything himself are the ones that he really enjoys making, such as the lasagne here. I do the chopping and slicing, and lay out the ingredients before we get started, then he makes it. It helps that it’s one of those recipes that isn’t really a proper recipe — a bit like making