Monday, 19 January 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Strawberry Cheesecake

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week I picked up some strawberries which were on offer at the supermarket so Boo helped me make some yummy treats.

First let me say a thank you to the lovely children and Twm Tedi from Mummy To Mum blog for sharing their lovely Banana muffin recipe along with some great photos. I do hope you will join us again here at Kids in the Kitchen, we love sharing.

We have just over one week left of this months linky, that's still plenty of time to come and share what you have been up to with your kids in the kitchen. I share all posts on Twitter and Pinterest and give you a mention here on my weekly recipe post. It's all about the sharing.

Strawberry Cheesecake

I decided to use our strawberries to decorate a yummy cheesecake. This is just a classic cheesecake recipe which is pretty easy to make, but sometimes it takes a while to set.

I used a loose bottom 7" tin for our cheesecake

Ingredients:

100g digestive biscuits
50g caster sugar
50g butter, melted
500g full fat soft cheese (like Philadelphia)
100g icing sugar
200 ml double cream

punnet strawberries

Method:

Boo really enjoyed the first stage which was to bash up the digestive biscuits to fine crumbs






























We then added the biscuits and the sugar to the melted butter and mixed them well
We put the mixture into the bottom of the tin and pressed it down firmly with a metal spoon.
We put the tin in the fridge to set.

Then we made the filling by mixing the cheese with the icing sugar until really smooth.
We whisked the double cream up into peaks and then folded it into the cheese mixture.
We carefully poured this mixture over the biscuit base and put it back in the fridge to set.
This can take a couple of hours.

Once set we made the strawberry topping.

Boo carefully sliced the strawberries in half






























We picked out the nicest looking ones for the decoration and popped a handful into the blender to make a strawberry sauce (what was left over Boo put in her tummy)

When the cheesecake was set I carefully removed it from the tin and we decorated it with the strawberries and strawberry sauce.


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Monday Musings - You're So Strong!

This month I have been a Special Needs mum for twenty seven years. "You're so strong" are words I've heard so often throughout the years, but the truth is, I'm not. I'm just a mum doing what I have to do, there is nothing strong, or brave or amazing about it. It's just parenting. Maybe it's a little different to regular parenting but in all honesty, how would I know?

When my first child was born I was just twenty one, which seems so young now. I was married and we both had jobs and a place of our own. A child was the next step, even though we were moving so fast. It was a difficult birth and he was a difficult baby but he was mine and I adored him. We had a daughter just seventeen months later and then moved to a bigger house. The kids went to school and I went back to work and everything went along just fine.

The teachers complained about my son, they said he was un co-operative, disruptive in class and refused to listen to them. They gave me the number of a child psychologist, I put it on the bookshelf and ignored it. There was nothing wrong with my son.

He moved up to Secondary school and things got worse, much worse.

I took him to the psychologist and he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.

By this time my husband was no longer on the scene, and for a while I did find things really tough. I did have to be strong to get through it all. I had lots of other stuff going on as well, they say it never rains but pours.

Fast forward a few years and I'm a single mum, no longer working and have two young teenage children out of regular education. Maybe if I'd been stronger things would have been better?

Then I met my current partner and we had children and our first child is also diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. This time I didn't bury my head in the sand, as soon as the signs were showing we had her diagnosed and the proper help put in place at school. Things have been difficult but we've muddled through. Things have been tough. Have I been strong? Sometimes maybe, sometimes not so.

When someone tells me they think I must be so strong I feel a little embarrassed, I feel a fake, I don't feel as though I'm strong. There are so many things I would have done differently if I'd had the strength, so many more battles I would have won had I been strong. There have been so, so many times when I haven't felt strong at all, I've felt like a quivering wimp and there have been many tears.

I can be strong though. I can fight in their corner and make sure they get treated right. I can stand up for them, look out for them and at the same time teach them their independence.

A child with special needs can mean more hard work for the parent and for longer, but they also bring their own rewards and one of those is teaching their parents how to be strong.



Monday, 12 January 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Happy 1st Birthday

It's been a whole year now since I started Kids in the Kitchen and every week I have cooked something with my kids helping out. We've had loads of fun, made loads of mess and learned a lot along the way.

Thank you to everyone who has joined in over the past year, especially those that have come back time and time again, Like  The Beesley Buzz, The Brilliant Chef, AutismMumma and In the Playroom Blog. I love it when people take the time to link up, so an extra slice of birthday cake to you.

Last week we were joined by EatsAmazing with some fantastic recipes for Pea and Broccili Soup  and Frozen Fruity Yoghurt bites. I'm a big fan of the EatsAmazing Blog, it's a great resource for recipes for the kids lunchboxes.

The linky is now open for a month and you are free to come back and link up as often as you wish. I will give every link a mention on Twitter and post it on my Pinterest Board which is also a fabulous resource if you are looking for something to cook with your child.

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To celebrate our 1st birthday we made Macaroons and Chocolate Cake. We've made the chocolate cake before for Kids in the Kitchen so you can find the recipe here.

Macaroons


Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • drop of food colouring

  • Filling: whipped double cream


Method:

Put the egg whites and caster sugar into a mixer and whisk until thick and foamy and stands in soft peaks.
whisk in the food colouring
mix the ground almonds and sifted icing sugar together
Add half of almonds and icing sugar to egg mixture and continue whisking
Add the rest of the almond mixture and continue whisking until stiff.
Put the mixture into a piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle
Cover two baking trays with baking paper
pipe on mixture in 5cm circles leaving plenty of space between them.
Leave to settle for about 15 mins
Bake at 170C/gas mark 3 for 12 to  15 minutes

When cooled remove from tray and sandwich with the cream.

My helpers were Boo and the Little Man.
The Little Man was in charge of the food mixer and shouted out "is it ready yet" every five seconds.
Boo was in charge of adding the ingredients to the mixture.
They both enjoyed piping out the macaroons.

We coloured our macaroons with lilac food colouring, I didn't want to use too much because of changing the consistency of the mixture. I think in the future I would use colouring paste and choose a stronger colour, ours didn't look very lilac at all.












































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Monday Musing - How Many Children?

When I tell people I have five children I see eyebrows raised. Some say they think I'm mad, others comment that I must have my hands full and many ask if I always wanted a big family. If I'm honest, I don't think five children makes a big family and I feel a bit of a cheat. I don't have my hands full, my older children where already in their late teens before the other three arrived. Of course, the fact that I had three children while in my forties also raises eyebrows.















In my heart I believe that every child is a blessing and people should choose how many children they bear even though it does worry me that the world is becoming overpopulated and that times are difficult, even more so for larger families.
 I started my family with my husband. Then long after he had gone, and our children were growing up into young adults, I met my current partner who did not have children. We decided to try for two together, the third was an unexpected bonus.

When you have your first child everyone asks when you are going to have another. Two children is a respectable number per family, people accept that readily. Then if you have two boys, or two girls, then people will accept that you may try again for another. If you have one boy and one girl then no-one asks if you are going to try for more. My first two were a boy and a girl, and if I'm honest, even I felt my family was complete.  Many years later I  had my two girls and I was often asked if I would try again for a boy....mostly by people not knowing I had older children, and already had my boy!

They say the more children you have the easier it becomes. I've never really felt that, I know you get used to having children and that elusive handbook of parenting is already half way written, but can you ever predict what your next child will be like? I find having three young children a real handful. I'm sure it was much easier before when I only had two growing up. Or maybe it's just because I'm older.

Having a larger family also makes life more expensive and more difficult. For instance holidays...I would not be able to afford a holiday for seven of us. Thankfully, my older two wouldn't want to holiday with us anyway and are quite happy to fund their own holidays. I find it hard enough with just the five of us though, most hotels have rooms for two adults and two children...where do we put number three? Even most places where you can go for a day out will offer family tickets which are for two adults and two children. It seems that having three children is just not normal, which is crazy.

So when do you know you have had enough? I'm not sure of the answer to this, it will be different for everyone. I've known women stop at one child because their pregnancy and birth were horrific, or they suffered terrible Post Natal Depression. My first born experience was like that, but it made me desperate to try again to see if I could get things right next time. A little naive of me perhaps, but it worked, my second pregnancy and birth was completely different and I did not get PND again. This is probably why I was content to stop at two, but in reality that was my husband's decision, deep down I longed for more.

By the time my first two were growing up I was thinking that I would never have any more children and starting to get used to the idea. Then my current OH came along and we decided to try for a family between us. It didn't happen straight away and I was hurtling towards my forties. We tried everything, then after just over two years it happened. As I said, we were planning on stopping on two but my body, fate or God even had different ideas and along came baby number five. I started with boy and finished with a boy.

Of course after number five I knew my baby days were definitely over. Not only did I feel that my family was complete, I lost all feelings of broodiness and my body was screaming no more. It was not a hard choice for me to stop.


Is it really so wrong to have more than the 'normal' number of children. We think about the overpopulation problem but isn't that more because we are living longer? Were older generations not bigger families, my grandma had eight children? Just because contraception is available it doesn't mean that people should have smaller families, they should still be able to choose without judgement.








Monday, 5 January 2015

Kids In the Kitchen - Iced Buns

Happy New Year and welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen :)

We've been doing tons of cooking over the holidays, the kids have helped me make a chocolate log, decorate the Christmas cake, make mince pies and a chocolate brownie and mince tart, we've made our own sausage rolls, bread and cupcakes for a party, and the usual Christmas trifle. To share this week we are going to show you how we made Iced buns.

I've decided to keep Kids in the Kitchen as a monthly linky. I will post every week but the linky will remain for a month and you can join in as often as you wish. Everything else stays the same, I will share all posts on Twitter and my Pinterest Board, which is already choc a block with fabulous recipes to cook with the kids. I will also mention my favourites right here on Kids in the Kitchen each week. So please do join in and let others know they can link up if you spot someone who's posted a suitable post. It's all about the sharing.

Iced Buns

Boo and the Little Man helped me make the dough, the Little Man helped me shape the buns and all three littlies decorated them with the icing and sprinkles.

Ingredients:

250g stronge white bread flour
25g caster sugar
20g unsalted butter
1 egg
7g/1 sachet of easy bake yeast
1 tsp salt
85ml warm milk
60 ml warm water

Method:

  • put the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter
  • add sugar, yeast and salt
  • make a well in the middle and add the egg (slightly beaten) then the warm milk
  • mix together adding the water if required a little at a time to make a pliable dough
  • turn the dough out onto a floured work top
  • kneed for 10 mins
  • put back in the bowl and cover with clean tea towel
  • leave to double in size

At which point we went off to watch Tin Tin :)

  • knock back the dough a little and divide into six equal pieces
  • roll into sausage shapes
  • leave on a lightly greased baking tray and cover with tea towel again
  • leave for about 30-45 minutes
more waiting....time to get out the Christmas board games

  • when buns are ready pop them in a preheated oven 220C/gas 7 for about 10 minutes
  • When the buns are cooling you can make a quick icing using icing sugar mixed with a little cold water to make a thick paste
  • let the kids decorate cooled buns with icing and sprinkles.








































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