Making your own pasta has many advantages – you can control the exact ingredients, such as the quality of the flour, the number of eggs and whether they’re free-range, the quality of the oil, etc. It’s a lot of fun to make pasta as a couple or with family and friends. Best of all, homemade pasta tastes terrific!
We love pizza here, it is a weekly tradition, but during lockdown, yeast was in short supply. So I adapted a naan bread recipe to make an easy no-yeast pizza base. My boys have been making pizza since they were little and I also have a fabulous pizza dough that is perfect for making in a bread maker.
OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them. So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab. I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.
How adorable are these owl cupcakes all made by Mini with Peanut Butter flavour Oreos. We have been challenged by Oreo to produce a recipe using one of their exciting new flavours range that most suited our personality. The options were Choc’o Brownie flavour Oreo – smooth, Mint flavour Oreo – cool, Peanut Butter flavour Oreo – nutty or Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Oreo – fruity. Well seen as we are The Mad House there really was no choice – it had to be nutty!
How to make the perfect mashed potatoes is a paid post in collaboration with the Tots100 and The Co-Op. I am passionate about making sure that my children grow up with cooking skills to last them a lifetime. I try to ensure that at least once a week I cook with each of them and now they are getting older they do the cooking and I am on hand if they need reassurance or help with anything.
When Barleycup challenged me and the boys to produce a recipe with their delicious gluten free and free from added sugars instant cereal drink I knew instantly that they would be the perfect addition to peanut butter and chocolate cookies. I first was introduced to peanut butter cookies by Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family and they are such a delicious cookie, but remarkably simple to make.
I am passionate about getting kids in the kitchen and getting them cooking, and anything that makes that easier and simpler is great by me. So when Salter asked us to take a look at their revolutionary Salter Cook range, which includes the Salter Cook 10kg Pro Bluetooth Kitchen Scale and the Salter Cook Bluetooth Cooking Thermometer that links to their cooking app, we decided to adapt one of the recipes we found on the app and make chocolate shortbread.
I don’t know about your family, but my family love miniature versions of anything and these bite-size twice baked potato bites make for an easy and yummy snack or side. They are super simple to prepare in advance and then warm up later. I always have to make extra as they want them again the day after.
One of the biggest challenges of cooking with your children apart from finding the time is balancing the needs of siblings. Cooking with more than one child can be challenging and dealing with the dynamics of siblings can be offputting. But there are ways that you can make cooking with siblings easier.
Do you have pizza nights? We do and have done since the boys were little . This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years! I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new. Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!
One of the most monotonous bits of parenting is feeding. I swear I spend hours thinking about what to prepare, shop for and cook that we will all eat as a family. You see, I want to prepare something healthy, scrummy and delicious and to see empty plates at the end of the meal. Our dinner times are sacred and I want to keep them that way. I see a good meal as a way of bringing my hungry boys to the table each night. This Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken meal is a fantastic meal which was a big hit with my family.