Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Goats Cheese and Tomato Tart

Cooking with your little ones is a good way to get fussy toddlers to try different foods. Jack is quite fussy, although he does eat lots of fruits, salad and vegetable (even olives) but he rarely eats his evening meal.


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This week we have made a Goats Cheese and Tomato Tart, a very simple recipe to get the little ones involved.

Ingredients

Puff Pastry Sheet - we used ready rolled
4 tbsp Tomato Puree or Pasta Sauce or Pesto - we used some homemade ratatouille 
150g Goats Cheese - we used garlic & herb Soft Goats Cheese
8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh or dried herbs

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C
  • Lay the puff pastry sheet flat on a baking sheet and cover with your chosen base, leaving around 1 inch gap around the edge
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  • Arrange the Goats Cheese on top


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  • And then the cherry Tomatoes (spread out a little by Mummy)


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  • Sprinkle with a few herbs or ripped fresh Basil leaves


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  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes

Enjoy!

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And did Jack eat all his tea? ...... No, just the salad! but everyone else loved it.



Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

Cheesy 'Valentine' Oatcakes...........there's not a lot 'valentiney' about these, not something that your Valentine would really appreciate receiving I'm sure, but we made these when we wanted to try out our new heart cutters.

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

225g Medium Oatmeal
50g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1tsp paprika (optional)
2tsp finely chopped rosemary (or mixed herbs)
25 g melted butter
1 egg yolk
5tbsp warm water
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C / 400F / Gas Mark 6.
  • Lightly grease a baking tray.
  • Mix the oatmeal, cheese, salt, bicarb. of soda, paprika & rosemary together in a large bowl.



  • Stir in the butter, egg yolk and water to make a sticky dough - add more water if the mixture is too dry.



  • Use your hands to press the mixture together.



  • Roll out the dough to about 2mm thick (I admit mine was a bit thicker than this, due to an impatient toddler with cookie cutters in hand!!)



  • Re-roll the dough as many times as you need to use it all up.
  • We also used a star shaped cookie tray as it's easy for little hands to press into the tray.


  • Place the biscuits onto the baking tray & bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven & allow to cool completely.


Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes





Friday, 5 April 2013

Rocky Road Clusters

Here's a very easy 'no bake' recipe that you can do with your toddler. Older children should be ok to do this one on their own although I would recommend assisting with the chocolate melting.



Ingredients
300g Dark or Milk Chocolate
50g Butter
100g Biscuits, broken into small pieces (I would normally use digestives but the kids had eaten those so I used Malted Milk)
100g Mini Marshmallows
75g Sultanas

Melt the chocolate & Butter over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave (on short bursts, stiring frequently) until smooth



Stir in the remaining ingredients & mix well



Or you could just pick out the marshmallows & eat them!!

Heap spoonfuls onto a baking sheet or mini muffin pan





Refrigerate until set.






ENJOY!!




Want a bite Mummy?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

I spy down the shopping aisles - Snazzy Gems

This week I came across some really cute baking sets whilst having a browse online, and wanted to share them, along with a few other cute items from the same shop, Snazzy Gems.

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retro baking set £11.99
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astronaut baking set £11.99
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hello kitty dinner set £23.99
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gruffalo dinner set £14.95
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gruffalo breakfast set £14.95
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woodland lunchbag set £6.99
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astronaut lunchbag set £6.99


I think the baking sets are really good value and would make great little gifts. The utensils can either be kept safe inside the suitcases or the case could be used as a lunchbox or travel case for all the little bits and bobs that children like to carry around with them.






I Spy Down The Shopping Aisles - Kids Aprons

Today myself and Jack took a little trip to Dunelm. He likes going to the new store near where we live as it has an upstairs cafe where he can watch the world go by whilst he eats his lunch.

We went past the kids baking section where Jack spent a few minutes saying 'I've got that, I've got that' and then chose something that he hasn't got for me to buy. Whilst we were there I noticed that they had a huge range of children's aprons that I hadn't seen before either in store or online. They start out at only £3.99 for a PVC apron and £4.99 for a tabard, and at the moment there's 20% off that making them just £3.19 for an apron....bargain!

Designs that I noticed were Thomas, Hungry Caterpillar, Angelina Ballerina, Fairy Girl, The Gruffalo, Elmer, Jemima Puddle Duck, Peter Rabbit, Cupcakes & a Jungle theme - most in both the apron style and tabard style. They also had the 3pc gingerbread set, that Jack wears, for only £4.79. They would make great inexpensive birthday presents for school or pre-school friends.

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Jack's treat for being a good boy was 2 mini cake moulds for 79p each.....I spoil that boy!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Chocolate Banana Bites

Due to the school holidays and going away I skipped the Linky for August but now we're back with a fun theme for September of 'Food on Sticks'. Don't just think cheese and pineapple, the possibilities are endless - kebabs, lollipops and cake pops are just a few as you can see from the 'Food on Sticks' Pinterest board that I've created.

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Sticks in food also make the food seem more appealing to kids for some reason too and when I was a child ALL parties had food on sticks - cheese and pineapple and sausages always came on sticks. Is it just not cool anymore or is everyone too worried that kids will do damage to themselves or others with the sticks?* Let's bring back food on sticks and make meals and party times fun again!


Inspired by A Mummy Too and her Soreen White Chocolate Squares we used some Soreen Banana Mini loaves to dip into chocolate and coconut. They were really delicious and chewy but even the sticks didn't convince Jack to eat one, he only licked the chocolate off.


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We were in a hurry for them to set and put them in the fridge which caused the chocolate to bloom a little



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Come and link up your own 'food on a stick' recipes that you've made with your own children, remember they don't need to be toddlers to join in, children of any age are welcome. The linky will be open until the end of September.


* Obviously you should never leave small children unattended with cocktail sticks though but I'm sure you're all intelligent enough to know that!


Cooking With Your Toddler

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Caramel Nibbles Muffins

Just recently I've discovered a love of baking Muffins and I just can't seem to stop. They are so easy to make, start to finish in under 30 minutes. They're so much easier than cupcakes, with no beating or creaming involved, and therefore great to make with the children. Unfortunately Jack hasn't been able to join in with the baking this week due to fracturing his leg, so instead big sister stepped in and made Muffins using Cadbury Caramel Nibbles. We have a basic muffin recipe that we now use for all of them, which is adapted for whatever ingredients are added. Over on The Crazy Kitchen I've posted a recipe for raspberry & Almond muffins, which we also made without the custard in the middle, and they were still really moist a couple of days later.

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You will need

150g Golden Caster Sugar
150ml Sunflower oil
3 Eggs
75ml Milk
300g SR Flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g bag of Caramel Nibbles - less a few for the Chefs perk

  • Whisk the sugar, oil, eggs, milk & vanilla together
  • Fold in the flour until just mixed
  • Fold in the caramel buttons
  • Bake in a preheated 180 degree (C) oven for 20 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack

The theme for this month is therefore 'Muffins'......if you have a recipe for muffins that is quick and easy to make with the children please share it here where we can try out each others recipes and get the kids involved in cooking.

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Cooking With Your Toddler