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Meat-Free Mealtimes with Quorn

We have been making a conscious effort to eat less meat and dairy at home, but without blindly inflicting our choices on our children, which means I regularly make more than one dish at a time. Throw in a fussy eater and there is literally one meal that we all eat – Toad in the Hole, made using Quorn sausages. I found this recipe for Quorn toad in the hole recently and will be making it tonight. I love that it includes root veg, which I can distribute over one side of the baking tray meaning that my fussy boy can still just have sausages and “Yorkshire cake”, as he calls it. I intend to serve it with pesto mash and broccoli. The ingredients for the main dish are as follows: 1 pack Quorn sausages 300g of mixed root vegetables, peeled and diced ½ red onion, sliced 2 tbsp of oil 6 heaped tbsp of plain flour (50g) 3 large eggs 200mls skimmed milk 2 tsp baking powder    For the method, simply make a batter …

Autumn Muffins

Autumn is a great time for baking, it makes a lovely bonding activity to fill dark evenings, keeps the kitchen toasty warm and provides an opportunity to try new flavours, such as the cinnamon and apple combination used in the autumn muffins we’ve been making.  Miss J and I followed the above video, with great results. Miss J helped out with a number of the stages, she is quite an accomplished little chef for her age.  She was intrigued by the ingredients – using carrot in cakes is nothing new, but alongside whole chunks of unpeeled apple, and raisins, she was unsure whether or not she would enjoy the finished product. The method was easy to follow and using the video definitely helped. We used a tutorial video to help Miss J learn the correct technique to sift the flour: And she managed all the mixing herself! We enjoy working with Tesco on their Eat Happy Project; it’s definitely nice to find recipes aimed at young bakers that are more adventurous than the standard fairy …

Cooking with Children – Ferrero Rocher Core Cupcakes

Miss J really does enjoy helping out in the kitchen.  From the age of two, she would regularly crack eggs and pop peppers for me.  She has since been introduced to a few other methods and been given more responsibility when cooking.  Most often, we choose to bake together and yesterday was no exception.  We made Ferrero Rocher core cupcakes using an idea I found online but with a recipe I sort of made up as I went along.  We used the following: 200g self-raising flour 200g butter 200g caster sugar 50g cocoa powder 2 eggs 2 tbsp golden syrup 1 tbsp oil We added all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisked until smooth. Next, Miss J placed cupcake cases into a muffin tray and popped one Ferrero Rocher in the centre of each case. She then spooned the cake mixture on top of the chocolates… Until each one was hidden. The cakes were then baked for around 20 minutes at 200 degrees.  Meanwhile, I attempted to make some butter icing.  I decided …

Let’s Cookalong with Tesco

Cooking with Miss J is something we both enjoy.  I like to teach her new skills and she likes to have a little responsibility and independence in the kitchen, to stretch her culinary wings.  In order to give her greater independence, I have been looking at tutorial videos.  Utilising these would mean that she could follow the instructions and need a lot less input from me when cooking.  Of course, she would still be completely supervised but I think it is something that would give her a lot of confidence in her ability to create meals and master the necessary skills involved. With the summer holidays upon us, and the weather (hopefully) being perfect for picnics, now is the time to get cooking with Tesco’s Let’s Cookalong.  These picnic-friendly video recipe tutorials look brilliant and offer some great features such as the pause button, meaning little ones can keep up with method being shown.  Part of the Eat Happy Project, the Let’s Cookalong segment also provides recipe details, cookery skill videos, and skill mastery certificates that can …

Oreo Chocolate Tart Recipe

I love baking, I really do, especially with my little helpers.  What I do not like is the cleaning up that inevitably follows.  We have recently been using some products that were kindly gifted to us by Dettol to see if they can make the clean-up process less of a chore.  Today, we decided to put two of them to the test by making a mess in the kitchen!  It was a good mess though; with Miss J’s help, I made an Oreo chocolate tart! To make our tart, we used the following ingredients: 32 Oreo biscuits (I think, although I’m almost certain I saw Miss J sneak one!) 100g unsalted butter, melted 200ml double cream 300g milk chocolate (again, this is approximate, thanks to my daughter’s wandering hands) 300g strawberries, halved We also kept our trusty no-touch automatic hand wash system close by, although regular hand wash would work just as well, of course. This is such an easy tart to make and super quick as it doesn’t involve any baking.  Miss J was able to complete …