Welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen, my weekly linky where you can come and tell everyone what you have been cooking with your kids. My aim is to teach my children all about cooking, I want them to enjoy it and learn at the same time as filling their hungry tums.

This week we have been making bread rolls, and just to make them a little more exciting we did them to look like hedghogs. I’ll tell you more in a minute, first up I’d like to thank those that joined in last week.
We had The Brick Castle showing us how to make Rocky Road using vegetarian marshmallows.
Next up is In the Playroom with their Shepherd’s Pie Boats, what a great idea.
Also last week, The Beesley Buzz showed us how to make butter at home. (would be perfect for my home made bread)
Finally, we had North East Family Fun with their home made pizzas.

Please come and join in this week, I’ll give you a mention next week if you do. The rules are simple, get the kids in the kitchen then write a post and link it up. Or you could even link up an old post, I don’t mind. We all have something to share.

Hedgehog Bread.

I love making my own bread, there is something really satisfying about kneeding the dough, and the smell of bread baking is wonderful.
However, up until now I haven’t got the kids involved in bread making. I’m glad I did, they really enjoyed it, and they really enjoyed the end results too.


500 grams strong bread flour
50 grams of unsalted butter
1 7gram packet of fast action yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
320 ml warm water


measure the flour and the butter and rub them together.
add the yeast, salt and sugar
make a well in the middle and add the water slowly while mixing

tip the dough out on to the work surface an kneed for 10 mins
put dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea cloth
leave in a warm room for around 2 hours, when it will have doubled in size

split the dough into small balls
shape into hedghogs and use a pair of scissors to cut the spikes.
use raisins for the hedgehogs noses

leave hedgehogs on a lightly oiled baking tray for 1/2 hour
cook on gas mark 7  or 200C for 25 mins
bread should be golden in colour and sound hollow when tapped on the base.

bread making
lots of hands rubbing in the butter
kneeding dough
Here we go, here we go, here we go
kneeding dough, kneeding dough, kneeding dough

bread dough
waiting for the dough to rise
ready for the oven

the finished hedgehogs

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We were sent a bottle of H&A Finding Nemo Bubbly bath to review and straight away the Little Man couldn’t wait to try it out, he loves bath time.

bubbly bath

First we had to smell the bubble bath, it was a very delicate smell, I think the Little Man got it right when he said it smelled clean. We made lots of bubbles in the bath then it was time to get in.

The Little Man’s favourite bathtime fun is making bath water tea. He loves playing with his little yellow teapot and pouring it into a cup. He even pretends to drink it, and of course mummy has to pretend to drink it too.

bubble bath
When we get to washing the Little Man’s hair we play ceiling ducks. We look right up to the ceiling and tell a story about the ducks that live up there. In our old house I had stickers of ducks on the ceiling, but for now we are just imagining them. The ducks are often joined by other animals too, frogs and fish are firm favourites. While the Little Man tells me his story, looking right up to the ceiling with his head back, I was his hair easily with no shampoo going anywhere near his eyes, and he’s so distracted that he doesn’t even notice what I’m doing.
Then it’s time to have some fun with the bubbles.
bubble bath

Finally, it’s time for one last play at swimming and splashing, then it’s time to get dry.

bubble bath
The Little Man is not the only one to have fun in the bath, his sister’s have made up their own games too, like mermaids and treasure hunt. Maybe one day I’ll share them with you too.
This post was written for the Tots100 and H&A competition. We recieved a bottle of Finding Nemo Bubbly Bath to review. The Little Man loved the bottle with Nemo on the front. He also loved the smell and bubbles the bubble bath created in his bath. I thought the bubble bath left the Little Man feeling soft and silky and I am happy that it contains nothing nasty to irritate his delicate skin. Despite getting bubbles absolutely everywhere, he didn’t mind because they didn’t irritate him. I would recommend this bubble bath to my friends with small children. I’m pretty sure my girls will enjoy using it too. 
I am loving other H&A products that are available too, my girls are keen for me to get some Ariel Conditioning and Ariel Detangler and the Bathtime Buddies range looks like loads of fun. Also, there are loads of bathtime products featuring favourite characters like Thomas The Tank Engine, Disney Princess, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and many more. 

Welcome back to Kids in The Kitchen, my weekly linky where you can come and tell everyone what you’ve been cooking with your kids. My aim is to teach my children all about cooking, I want them to enjoy it and learn at the same time as filling their hungry tums.

This week we’ve been in the kitchen twice! Once to cook pancakes and then again to make some fork biscuits.
Last week we had a lovely post from The Beesley Buzz where the family went to cookery school. I was really jealous, it sounds fantastic, I’d love to do something like this with my littlies.

Please come an join in this week, I’ll tweet about your post and give you a mention next week if you do. The rules are simple, get the kids in the kitchen and then write a post and link it up. Or you could even link up an old post, I don’t mind.


Boo decided that she would like to make pancakes so I printed off a recipe for her. Two points to make here, pancakes are not only for Shrove Tuesday, we have them whenever they take our fancy. Also, I don’t need a recipe for pancakes, they are so simple. However, this is a learning process, and Boo is just learning to read so I wanted her to read the recipe for herself.
So, in short, we mixed up the flour, milk and eggs. Then mummy heated a little oil in a pan until it was very hot. We poured in the batter, swirled it around and cooked one side. Then mummy expertly tossed the pancake over to cook the other side. I did get Boo to try and take a photo of me doing this, but we didn’t get one worth showing.

kids in the kitchen
Then at the weekend we made fork biscuits, so called because you squish them with a fork before cooking. Boo and the Little Man really enjoyed this.
Fork Biscuits

250 grams of butter at room temperature
125 grams of caster sugar
300 grams of self-raising flour
We measured out the butter and sugar into a bowl and then mixed them until smooth with a wooden spoon.
We stirred in the flour and made a  soft sticky dough
We rolled the dough into little balls
We put the balls of dough onto the greased baking tray, leaving a space between them
We squished the balls of dough with the back of a fork which had been dipped in water
We cooked the biscuits for 15 minutes at 180C or Gas mark 4
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My Other Half has decided he quite likes cooking. He whips up a mean chicken curry from scratch, although I have to make the naan bread. He’s not allowed to bake cakes, that’s my department and I don’t want him stepping on my culinary toes! However, he did make a gorgeous lemon meringue pie recently. Then, along the line of pies and after watching Paul Hollywood make up some suet pastry on TV, he decided he wanted to make a steak pie. I had a better idea, (Still feel a little pushed out when he takes over MY kitchen) why don’t we make a pie together?

When it’s cold outside there is nothing nicer than cooking up truly comforting and warming food, and this pie really fits the bill.

So, while he worked away on the pastry, I stewed the steak filling. We didn’t have a funnel for the pie so he made one out of a carrot and it worked a treat. (He ate it afterwards too!) Along with the pie I cooked up some mashed potatoes, roasted  potatoes and some veg. Then a yummy gravy topped it off a treat, a real winter warmer treat.

steak pie

Here is the pie straight from the oven, with it’s proud carrot funnel.

steak pie

This following picture is a recipe card. If you right click the picture and choose open in a new tab/window, then you can print it off and enjoy.

steak pie
Recipe for Warming Steak Pie:

  • 900 grams of steak, diced
  • 300grams of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbs cornflour
  • 1 pint of beef stock


  • 200 grams of self-raising flour
  • 50 grams of fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 grams of vegetable suet
  • 200 ml of cold water
  • beaten egg to glaze


  • Fry off the steak in a large pan
  • Add cornflour to a little of the beef stock and mix until smooth, add the rest of the stock stirring all the time
  • Add the stock to the steak in the pan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally
  • Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on a low heat with the lid on
  • Add the mushrooms shortly before the end of simmering time

  • While steak is cooking make the pastry
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Add the water a little at a time until you have a firm but elastic dough
  • Turn out on to a lightly floured surface
  • Need lightly to make a ball of smooth dough
  • cover with an upturned bowl and leave for at least 10 mins

make pie;
  • When steak is cooked and gravy has thickened put it into a large pie dish and place funnel in the middle
  • Roll out the pastry and put on top of the filling (cutting and shaping it around the funnel)
  • Brush with beaten egg
  • Cook for 30 minutes in a preheated oven 180C/350F gas mark 4

Serve with potatoes and other vegetables and lashings of gravy.
I hope you have enjoyed my winter warming recipe. I have written this post as an entry to the Co-Operative Electrical Competition where you can win £750 of electrical goods. I’ve already got my eye on a new cooker and a dishwasher. 

Star had another hospital appointment today and thankfully it was not as distressing as the last. I’m keeping a new blog to track her journey, not just with her neck but with her hypermobility and autism too. You can find it at www.zebrahooves.co.uk

We are now looking forward as the past week has gone quickly and it could possibly be just a couple of weeks before the halo is taken off. Also, the consultant has promised to get us a referral to a rhuematologist so they can take a look at Star’s hypermobility and hopefully get her a proper diagnosis.

We took the bus to the hospital again today, despite Star getting sick on the journey last week. I had hoped it was a one off, but she did feel sick again this week, just not as bad. I really considered getting a car so I could take her myself, but hopefully things will be better when the halo is removed, and that shouldn’t be too long now. Maybe I’ll arrange a lift for the next appointment. Anway, I need my money so I can finish carpeting and furnishing our new house, a car is a luxury we can’t afford right now.

There was an old lady on the bus who was very interested in Star and asked lots of questions. Now, I actually find this quite refreshing. I’d rather people ask than just look and quickly look away if caught looking. She’s not a monster, she’s receiving treatment and I’m happy to discuss it with anyone who asks. She does get a lot of stares off other children. I think they are really curious as to what it is on her head. When I took her to the theatre just after Christmas one little boy came up and started asking questions and his parent dragged him away apologetically. I don’t think you should apologise for a child’s curiosity.

We have a local mini supermarket close by our home and the guy behind the till rarely speaks to customers apart from to say how much is owed. If you ask him a question his answers are really short and to the point. I don’t think this is a bad thing (I’d probably be the same) but it is a sharp contrast to the other shops in the area where everyone is really chatty and knows everyone else’s business. When I went in the shop with Star he didn’t hesitate in asking lots of questions about her halo and what was wrong with her. It was obvious that English was not his first language which is probably why he doesn’t normally say much. I was pleased he finally spoke to us.

last week I was feeling down about it all, but now I believe the end is near and that the future will hold answers and support. I do hope I’m right.