Pull your sleeves up and be prepared to get your hands a little dirty. And don’t forget to bring the kids in to join the fun!


Makes: 2 adult or 4 toddler portions
Difficulty: easy


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon
  • Rocket or spinach leaves to serve


Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes. Put them in a pan and cover with water and bring to the boil. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes until soft, drain them and leave to cool a little.

Mix the chopped onion and parsley with the tuna, breaking up any big chunks. Next, get a potato masher and mash the potatoes. Add in your tuna.

Now for the fun bit! Dust your hands with flour and sprinkle the rest onto a board or worktop. Beat the two eggs together. Put the bread crumbs in a bowl next to the egg.

Next, take handfuls of the mixture and shape into balls or patties. Roll them in the flour, dip into the egg and then roll in the bread crumbs.

Finally, heat the vegetable oil in a pan and shallow fry the cakes for 2 minutes each side or until golden.

Neat cheats

You can also use other types of cooked fish for this one. Salmon is a good choice to get in a portion of oily fish.

Leave out the egg and breadcrumbs and just roll the cakes in the flour and shallow fry.

Make it together!

Children can help with mashing, mixing, and rolling in breadcrumbs. An example toddler portion for this would be 1.5 ounces of tuna and 1 – 2 small potatoes.

Messy fun! Sheena x