One World recipes

Planning to cook a recipe with your children is a great way to help with their reading and writing skills. Choose a recipe together and get them to write a shopping list, ticking the items off when you have found them. Weighing out ingredients and following instructions are all good ways to boost literacy skills – and ending up with a tasty meal!

Chicken paella, from Spain

Chicken paella

Serves 4


  • 1 x 500g pack chicken thighs (remove skin before cooking)
  • 1 x 500g pack basmati rice
  • 1 pack reduced-salt chicken stock cubes
  • 1 onion
  • 1.2kg frozen mixed veg
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  1. Cook the chicken according to the instructions.
  2. Heat 1tbsp cooking oil in a deep non-stick frying pan and soften the onion for 5 mins but don't let it brown.
  3. Add 300g basmati rice and stir until it's coated by the oil, then add 1 litre of reduced-salt chicken stock, the cooked chopped chicken and frozen mixed veg.
  4. Bring to the boil then gently simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the rice is tender and all the stock is absorbed.

Latkes, from Hungary


Makes 12 or so 3-inch pancakes


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 tbsps finely chopped onion, or 1 clove grated garlic or 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tbsps plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 4 medium (2 1/2 pounds) baking potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • Serve with cottage cheese or apple sauce
  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees and line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites; onion, garlic or chives: flour; salt and pepper.
  3. Grate the potatoes and put them in a colander that has a bowl underneath. Let them drain for a few minutes and then press down on them to squeeze out excess moisture. Add the grated potatoes to the egg mixture, combining well.
  4. Drop 3-4 tbsps. of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart to make 12 pancakes. Flatten them into 3-inch rounds and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the latkes over and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until they're brown and crisp on both sides.
  6. Enjoy them sweet with apple sauce, or savoury with cottage cheese.

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