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.
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.
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.
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).
Back in 2013 we visited LEGOLAND Florida twice, yes twice and one of the highlights for me was the Granny Smith apple fries, which are delicious cinnamon apple fries. I have tried to bake these fries and also attempted to cook them in the air fryer, but trust me you need to actually fry these in vegetable oil to get the crisp coating. The secret is to cook a few at a time in a really hot oil, that way the outside crisps and prevents the inside absorbing oil.
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.
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.
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
As a family we love picnics and just because the weather is cooler in Autumn and Winter it doesn’t mean that picnicking has to stop. No indeed for us it just means that we move to more warming food and sometimes we have them inside on a rug and sometimes we have them sat in the boot of the car! In fact having an Autumn picnic is in our Autumn Bored Jar! We also carry a pop up tent in the back of the car and it is great for picnicking in when it is windy. We keep the food simple warming and filing. We have a couple of flasks that more »
I am a huge fan of my slow cooker or crockpot as they are known in the US and Autumn is the perfect time for getting it out and using it. I love that I can prepare everything, put it in and then forget about it until dinner time. I love that I can pop all the ingredients in for a soup and when we return from Junior football on a cold Sunday there is a meal ready and waiting. One of the things that I do every time we have a roast chicken is to make stock with the carcass, some veg and leave it in the slow cooker overnight. more »