cooking with kids


Create a family cookbook with the kids 23

We love cooking in The Mad House.  I really enjoy teaching the boys new recipes and sharing with them recipes that have been passed down through the family.  I want to make sure that I leave them with a legacy of lots of delicious family recipes.  I was delighted when Newcastle Building Society set us a ‘Customise Your Life’ challenge of customising your cookbooks with your top 10 family recipes as it spurred me on.


Cooking with kids – budgeting, buying and cooking 23

Welcome back to our A-Z ingredients cooking with kids series.  We are currently at H is for honey.  As an added challenge this week, we were asked to produce a three course dinner for four on a budget of £20 by Ffrees.  So I passed this over to Maxi who is ten and he certainly rose to the challenge in budgeting, buying and cooking us a fantastic Sunday dinner.


Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings 28

This shop and recipe for Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias We have been busy planting in the garden and to celebrate this I decided to make some Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings.  We have made dirt desserts with jelly worms in the past (I was first introduced to them in California) and this time I want to make them a little more adult.


M&M Cookies – Cooking with kids 25

We are at F is for Flour in our A- Z of ingredients cooking with kids series.  We could have made many things, but with the Easter holidays and spring in the air we decided to make some simple M&M cookies.  My SIL had just got back from Florida so we had a wonderful selection of spring coloured M&Ms to use and these cookies are perfect for making with kids.


Hacks for leftover food 17

We have been making the most of a fabulous week of weather here in the North Yorkshire for the second week of the school Easter holidays (hence the lack of posting this week)! Holidays for us mean lots of family activities and lots of cooking and eating together.   With two boys aged ten and nearly nine I have to make my food stretch and with these hacks for leftover food you will never throw any food away again!


Eggy Bread – cooking with kids 23

The aim of our cooking with kids series is to encourage the boys to try new foods, but also to build on basic cooking skills and provide them with a repertoire of usable recipes.  Eggy bread is one of those simple recipes that I know they will return to a lot (they have already made it for breakfast three days on the trot).


Chocolate cornflake nests – cooking with kids 27

This shop and recipe for chocolate Cornflake nests has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Sometimes when you are trying to encourage your kids into the kitchen you just need a simple recipe that is fun to make and chocolate cornflake nests fit that bill and are super fun for kids of all ages to make as there is no baking or oven involved.


Family recipes and free printable recipe card 1

There is something special about picking up a recipe book or a handwritten recipe that is marked with fingerprints, oil splatters and the holds in it all the history of the times that meal has been cooked for loved ones. My mum didn’t have a recipe book, she cooked from memory, she even baked from memory.  She was an excellent cook and other than a few notes in an old Mrs Beeton’s Cookery book from 1959 and a Bero Book with notes in and a few pages torn out of magazines.  Then she died so suddenly a lot of her fabulous recipes died with her.  


The best Carrot cake in the world – c is for carrot 32

Yes I know it is a big things to say, but this really is the best carrot cake in the whole wide world.  We have tried others and nothing comes close and other people have made out best carrot cake in the world and agree with us. We do to even peel the carrots, just wash them and top and tail them.  This is a beautifully moist cake that is delicious and if you have kids that refuse carrots this will really turn them round. This recipe is great for making with kids as you do it all the mixing by hand.  


Pies, Cooking with kids 152

Hoorah! Its British Pie Week! We love pies in The Mad House, both savory and sweets ones and they are perfect for using with leftovers and also for cooking with kids.  So in celebration I have a cooking with kids pie special.  For the purpose of this round up, I am also including tarts and quiches which have a pastry bottom!  For those reader in the UK I have teamed up with pie makers Higgidy to celebrate British Pie Week, so do read to the end to see our fab giveaway.


B is for.. Banana Muffins – Cooking with kids 36

So here is part 2 of our fab new series the A-Z of cooking with kids.  You can find A is for Apple Muffins here.  Today is B is for Banana Muffins.  My kids have been know to allow bananas to turn so that they can make these as they are their favorite muffins in the whole wild world. These are simple to make, delicious, moreish and perfect for freezing.


Vegetable & Salsa Verde Scone Pizza – Kids in the Kitchen 28

I am a huge advocate of encouraging kids in the kitchen and my boys cook with me at least once a week.  Sometimes getting kids to eat new foods and choose a healthy option can be a battle, but I find with my boys that they are much more likely to eat things that they have actually cooked. We have homemade pizza approximately once a week and this version made with whole grains is a new version to us, but looks and sounds delicious, but more than that it is perfect for cooking with kids. Vegetable & Salsa Verde Scone Pizza Recipe