Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. It’s been half term for us and we’ve had plenty of chances to help out in the kitchen so we’ve lots to share. It was also Daddy’s birthday so, of course, there was birthday cake. Silly Daddy wanted a cake with big hard nuts which Mummy made for him, but don’t worry, the kids didn’t miss out because they made their very own chocolate birthday cake and decorated it all by themselves.
More of that in a bit, first I’d like to say thank you to last weeks linkers. Mummy Zen and her son linked up their yummy Apple and Cinnamon Muffins. EatsAmazing cooked up some delicious looking Chicken Kebabs with Small Child, we are so going to try these! Miss T from the Beesley Buzz cooked up a favourite of ours, Toad in the Hole. And Baked Potato Mummy and little Potato treated us to Yoghurt Pot Muffins, with all ingredients measured in a yoghurt pot, how clever is that?
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Half Term Cooking:
We had lots of time in the kitchen this week. The littlies love sandwiches so I thought it was about time they learnt how to make their own. Buttering bread is a great task to learn and the littlies loved making their own lunch.
The Little Man loves to measure out his pasta for his lunch, he could live on pasta, I swear he’s addicted. Then every time I had something to mix together there was at least one willing pair of hands to help out.
Then there was the birthday cake. I decided to let them make a basic chocolate cake.
175 grams butter
175 grams caster sugar
160 grams self raising flour
15 grams of cocoa powder
for the filling:
60 grams butter
110 grams icing sugar
10 grams cocoa powder
500grams ready to roll icing
a little blue food colouring
Put butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. We like to use a wooden spoon because it’s good fun.
beat the eggs in another bowl then add half at at time to the butter and sugar mixture.
(Boo always says the mixture looks like baby food)
The we sift in the flour and the cocoa powder, trying very hard to get most of it in the bowl and not all over the work top, or our clothes. ( We rarely succeed!)
Then we slowly mix in the flour to make our cake batter.
For this cake we split the mixture between two 7″ cake tins and baked for 30 mins at Gas mark 4 or 180C
When I had removed the cake from the oven and allowed it to cool, we began the filling.
We put the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in the food mixer and the Little Man was the proud switcher on. When the mixture was smooth we split it into two. half we put in the middle of the cake and the other half we covered the outside of the cake.
The decorating was most fun. I let the littlies take turns in rolling out the icing, then I helped them place it on the cake and smooth it out.
The left over bits we dyed blue with a little food colouring. Then we rolled it out again and the littlies cut out lots of little stars with my star stampers. You can use cutters, but the littlies enjoyed stamping the icing and then pressing the button to release the stars. When we had lots and lots of stars Boo decorated the cake with them.
To finish off I made them some icing in a piping bag and helped them pipe Happy Birthday Daddy around the edge of the cake.
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I have been doing online grocery shopping for many years and I’ve tried most of them. I rely on them a lot at the moment as I don’t have a car and we don’t live in walking distance of a supermarket. I’ve always loved the convenience of shopping online, filling your trolly without the leg work, working out how much you’ve spent at every step, not being tempted by that huge bar of chocolate that has fifty pence off (you don’t need it, honestly!) Then it’s all dropped off on your doorstep and all you have to do is pack it away.
I have a big family, there are seven of us, and that means a lot of shopping. I tend to shop around so I know I’m getting the best deals, and this is so much easier online, it’s not legwork, it’s fingerwork.
However, lately things have just been going wrong. I got fed up with Sainsbury’s subsitutions. Some of them were ridiculous and they often ended up costing me money. If I choose three things for £10 then that’s what I want to pay, if one of those items is not available then the offer doesn’t stand and you can end up sorely out of pocket. At Christmas I ordered a Christmas pudding that was £3.50, only two of us eat it, but they sent one that was £6.50 as a substitution, enough to feed six people. Now, you can refuse your substitutions, but then you end up without the item and have the extra hassle of more shopping.
Sainsbury’s let me down in the past by not delivering my Christmas shopping which had been booked and ordered three weeks in advance. It had been snowing and the van couldn’t finish it’s round. I was horrified at the thought of Christmas without food, but it wasn’t the end of the world because I still had a car at this point. Four hours later, a panic attack, and almost heart attack (I really hate driving in snow) we had food. Such a stressful day stays in the memory. Apart from costing me silly with their substitutions though, they’ve never let me down since.
Another supermarket I use is Asda. I like Asda because they have so much to choose from and they are reasonably priced, but they also like to substitute a lot, but they don’t charge you any extra if the substituted item is more expensive.
I will never shop at Asda again! Last week I did a shop and it arrived missing an item. There was no substitution so my shop was £4 cheaper than I’d originally paid for. BUT, Asda took both amounts from my bank account.They did refund the original amount straight away but it took seven days to clear. It was lucky that I had just been paid, had it been the end of the month I don’t think my bank account would have liked being short of nearly £200. According to my bank, who I called when I found my payments being rejected, this happens quite frequently with Asda. Well, I’m sorry but I can’t afford for this to happen again, even if I did get the money back.
I also shop at Ocado, I like their vans, especially the Strawberry one. That really is not a good reason to shop with them though. They do have fewer substitutions than Sainsburys though, and if they do subsitute something they don’t change the price. They claim to be cheaper, but I’m not always convinced.
Then this week I shopped with Ocado and waited patiently for the Lemon van to arrive between 1 and 2pm. When it hadn’t arrived by 2.30pm I gave them a call, only to be told my shopping had been delivered to me and I’d signed for it. So where was it? The van driver had finished for the day and the van was back at the depot. Customer services rang me back and promised me that my shopping would be here the next day. Fair enough, quick trip to the shops for loo roll!
Next day the shopping arrived as promised. One bag was full of washing up liquid as the bottle had leaked. Luckily nothing was damaged, and although I ended up with less than half a bottle of washing up liquid I didn’t bother complaining.
Then I had an e-mail to say that my orignal shop cost was being refunded to me and would take 7 – 10 days to reach my account. They had taken the money for the second delivery from my account. So once again I’m left with a poorly bank account for a week.
Maybe it’s time to try somewhere else? Any suggestions? Is there anywhere out there that offers a better service?
Welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen. We are really loving our cooking together sessions, although this week we are one member missing as Star wasn’t feeling too well. The Little Man and Boo were keen and eager to get cooking though and really enjoyed making this weeks apple crumble.
If you’ve not seen kids in the kitchen you can read all about it on it’s own special page, but it really is simple. I want to encourage my children to learn how to cook, and have fun while doing so. I also want to encourage others to share their experiences, and recipes, so please do join in with my linky. You can add any post, old or new, just so long as it involves kids in the kitchen.
Last week I was visited by the talented Daniel from The Brilliant Chef and his delicious choccy walnut brownies. Daniel wants to be a chef when he grows up, maybe I should introduce him to my Boo who wants to be a ‘cooker’ /(her own words!)
Ingredients for the crumble:
300g of plain flour
175g brown sugar
200g butter or Stork
Ingredients for the filling
500g bramley apples
50g brown sugar
1 tbs of lemon juice
1 tbs plain flour
To make the crumble, mix the flour and sugar together and add the butter cut into cubes.
Then use a rubbing method to make largish breadcrumbs with the mixture.
|rubbing the mixture to make the crumble topping|
To make the filling I pealed and cored the apples, then Boo chopped them into cubes. We then put them in a large bowl with the other ingredients, sugar, lemon and flour and the Little Man gave them a stir with a big wooden spoon.
|assembling the apple crumble|
Once cooked the only thing left to do was to decide whether to eat with custard or cream?
|custard or cream?|
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I love having time with my kids in the kitchen. We are always baking cakes or biscuits or other yummy things. Now I have a bigger kitchen having them in there with me is even easier because we have more room. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to let them cook a lot more, not just the yummy stuff either. So while I’m rummaging around for Child friendly recipes I’m starting up a weekly linky to join up with other mum’s who like to cook with their kids.
Now as you probably already know, I have five children (it’s up there at the top of the page in my ‘blurb’) Two of these are adults and still live at home. If I’m really honest they are just as much hard work as the little ones, who says it gets easier? (not me!) I do enjoy getting the opportunity to spend some time alone with them though.
Last Friday it was no1 son’s birthday (he was 25!! No, I can’t believe it either) and I went out for lunch with him and Eldest Daughter. We also managed to fit in a little shopping and browsing and it brought back lots of memories of the times we used to spend together walking around town for hours. It’s not easy once you have little ones tagging along, not impossible, but certainly not the same. However, now that the girls are at school and the Little Man has his pre-school twice a week, I’m beginning to find more time for such outings.
This week Eldest Daughter decided she wanted to treat me to lunch. The thing with ED is that she has a love/hate relationship with food, the chance to get her to fill up on her favourite nosh is something I rarely turn down. So what food does she love? Japanese! We love to go to Wagamamas, Yo Sushi or Mount Fuji. Each is a different experience so it depends on what mood we are in. Wagamamas is fine if you don’t mind eating with strangers. They have huge tables which are shared by all customers. The food is delicious though, our favourite dish from there is Chicken Katsu Curry. Also a very social experience is Yo Sushi, where you sit around a huge conveyor belt taking off the dishes going by that you like the look of. My favourite here is the Kappa Maki (or cucumber sushi rolls) but I do try lots of other dishes. I tend to grab anything with prawns in. For some reason I always drink far to much sparkling water (it’s on tap) at Yo Sushi.
This week we were in a Bento kind of mood so it had to be Mount Fuji. the restaurant we go to is pretty small and most of the tables have a window view which is great for people watching. We both had Chicken Karage Bento which was gorgeous. If you are not familiar with Bento, it’s a meal in a box with all the different parts of the meal in different sections. Here’s one I had before, this is Sweet and Sour Chicken bento:
I also had a cup of Hojicha latte, which is green tea with hot milk. Hojicha is different because it’s roasted rather than steamed and looks brown rather than green. It’s incredibly yummy.
For dessert we had Matcha Tiramisu;